Month: March 2019

SOFIA Captures Cosmic Light Show of Star Formation

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NASA & DLR – SOFIA Mission patch. March 29, 2019 When massive stars � many times larger than our Sun� are born, they shine hot and bright before eventually exploding as supernovas. They release so much energy that they can affect the evolution of galaxies. But, unlike stars like our Sun, astronomers know much less […]

NASA Astronauts Complete 215th Spacewalk at Station

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ISS – Expedition 59 Mission patch / EVA – Extra Vehicular Activities patch. March 29, 2019 Expedition 59 Flight Engineers Nick Hague and Christina Koch of NASA concluded their spacewalk at 2:27 p.m. EDT. During the six hour and 45-minute spacewalk, the two NASA astronauts successfully connected three newer, more powerful lithium-ion batteries to replace […]

Rocket Lab successfully launches R3D2 satellite for DARPA

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Rocket Lab – DARPA / R3D2  Mission 5 patch. March 29, 2019 Rocket Lab Electron R3D2 mission launch A Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand�s Mahia Peninsula at 23:27, March 28th UTC (12:27, 29 March NZDT). The mission launched a prototype reflect array antenna to orbit […]

NASA’s Cassini Finds Saturn’s Rings Coat Tiny Moons

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NASA – Cassini Mission to Saturn patch. March 29, 2019 New findings have emerged about five tiny moons nestled in and near Saturn’s rings. The closest-ever flybys by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveal that the surfaces of these unusual moons are covered with material from the planet’s rings – and from icy particles blasting out of […]

Astronauts Ready After Robotics Sets Up Worksite for Friday Spacewalk

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ISS – Expedition 59 Mission patch. March 28, 2019 Astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch have configured their spacesuits and reviewed procedures for tomorrow�s spacewalk at the International Space Station. Robotics controllers also readied the Port-4 (P4) truss structure so the spacewalkers can continue battery swaps and power upgrades outside the orbital lab. Hague and […]

The Voyage to Interstellar Space

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NASA – Voyager 1 & 2 Mission patch. March 28, 2019 By all means, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 shouldn�t even be here. Now in interstellar space, they are pushing the limits of spacecraft and exploration, journeying through the cosmic neighborhood, giving us our first direct look into the space beyond our star. But when […]

Dark dust devil tracks on Mars

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ESA – Mars Express Mission patch. 28 March 2019 The winds of Mars are responsible for myriad features across the planet�s surface � including the dark dunes and wispy, filament-like streaks seen in this image from ESA�s Mars Express. Dust devils in Chalcoporos Rupes The intriguing features shown here are �dust devil� tracks: as the […]

Hubble Captures Rare Active Asteroid

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ESA – Hubble Space Telescope logo. 28 March 2019 Thanks to an impressive collaboration bringing together data from ground-based telescopes, all-sky surveys and space-based facilities � including the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope � a rare self-destructing asteroid called 6478 Gault has been observed. Asteroid 6478 Gault Clear images from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have […]

The JAXA Space Exploration Hub Center Co-Produces Results on Remote and Automatic Control to Build Lunar Base

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JAXA – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency logo. March 28, 2019 National Research and Development Agency Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (President: Hiroshi Yamakawa, hereafter JAXA) and Kajima Corporation (President and Representative Director: Yoshikazu Oshimi) have promoted research and development on the remote construction system by coordination of remote and automatic control. * The project got started […]

‘Space Butterfly’ Is Home to Hundreds of Baby Stars

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NASA – Spitzer Space Telescope patch. March 27, 2019 Image above: Officially known as W40, this red butterfly in space is a nebula, or a giant cloud of gas and dust. The “wings” of the butterfly are giant bubbles of gas being blown from the inside out by massive stars. Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. What looks […]