Day: April 5, 2019

Spacewalk This Monday Ahead of Two U.S. Cargo Missions This Month

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ISS – Expedition 59 Mission patch. April 5, 2019 The Expedition 59 crew is going into the weekend preparing for another spacewalk on Monday. The International Space Station residents also continue microgravity research as they wait for two U.S. cargo ships to arrive before the end of the month. Astronauts Anne McClain and David Saint-Jacques […]

Unexpected Rain on Sun Links Two Solar Mysteries

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NASA – Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) patch. April 5, 2019 For five months in mid 2017, Emily Mason did the same thing every day. Arriving to her office at NASA�s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, she sat at her desk, opened up her computer, and stared at images of the Sun � all […]

Space Station Science Highlights: Week of March 25, 2019

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ISS – Expedition 59 Mission patch. April 5, 2019 Last week, the six astronauts of Expedition 59  aboard the International Space Station prepared for the second spacewalk in as many weeks, and conducted science experiments on the orbiting lab. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch conducted the second spacewalk Friday, March 29, continuing work […]

Parker Solar Probe Completes Second Close Approach to the Sun

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NASA – Solar Parker Probe patch. April 5, 2019 Parker Solar Probe has successfully completed its second close approach to the Sun, called perihelion, and is now entering the outbound phase of its second solar orbit. At 6:40 p.m. EDT on April 4, 2019, the spacecraft passed within 15 million miles of our star, tying […]

Aeolus well on the way to improving forecasts

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ESA – AEOLUS Mission logo. 5 April 2019 Assessing the accuracy of data being returned by completely new technology in space is a challenging task. But this is exactly what engineers and scientists have been dedicating their time to over the last months so that measurements of the world�s winds being gathered by Aeolus can […]

Self-driving spacecraft set for planetary defence expedition

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ESA – Hera Mission logo. 5 April 2019 Engineers designing ESA�s Hera planetary defence mission to the Didymos asteroid pair are developing advanced technology to let the spacecraft steer itself through space, taking a similar approach to self-driving cars. Infrared imaging of asteroids �If you think self-driving cars are the future on Earth, then Hera […]

BepiColombo is ready for its long cruise

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ESA – BepiColombo Mission patch. April 5, 2019 Following a series of tests conducted in space over the past five months, the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission has successfully completed its near-Earth commissioning phase and is now ready for the operations that will take place during the cruise and, eventually, for its scientific investigations at Mercury. BepiColombo […]

Jupiter Spiral

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NASA – JUNO Mission logo. April 5, 2019 A cyclonic storm in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere is captured in this image from NASA’s Juno spacecraft. Many bright white cloud tops can be seen popping up in and around the arms of the rotating storm. The color-enhanced image was taken at 9:25 a.m. PST (12:25 p.m. EST) […]

Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2�s Science – Put into Operation

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JAXA – Hayabusa2 Mission patch. April 5, 2019 The National Research and Development Agency Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) separated the SCI (Small Carry-on Impactor) onboard the asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 for deployment to Ryugu and put the SCI into operation. Artists impression of the Hayabusa2 probes encounter with Ryugu. Image Credit: JAXA After the start […]