Day: April 9, 2019

LS2 Report: SPS receives major facelift for new beam dump

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CERN – European Organization for Nuclear Research logo. 9 April, 2019 The installation and commissioning of the new facility is one of the biggest challenges of LS2 for the SPS team Image above: The EXC5 cavern in the foreground will house the new beam dump of the SPS; the service cavern is visible in the […]

Post-Spacewalk Checkups and Space Research Before U.S. Cargo Deliveries

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ISS – Expedition 59 Mission patch. April 9, 2019 The Expedition 59 crew has switched focus from Monday�s spacewalk to microgravity science aboard the International Space Station. Soon, the orbital residents will be unpacking a pair of U.S. space freighters. Astronauts Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency are conducting […]

Space Station Science Highlights: Week of April 1, 2019

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ISS – Expedition 59 Mission patch. April 9, 2019 Astronauts on the International Space Station continue to sustain a high level of activity, following two recent spacewalks and the addition of new crew members in March. The Expedition 59 crew began preparation for a third spacewalk and arrival of resupply ships from both SpaceX and […]

NASA’s OCO-3 Measures How Plants Grow � and Glow

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ISS – OCO-3 Mission logo. April 9, 2019 Image above: This honeysuckle is glowing in response to a high-energy ultraviolet light rather than to the Sun, but its shine is similar to the solar-induced fluorescence that OCO-3 will measure. Image Credits: �Craig P. Burrows. When plants take in too much energy, they don’t get fat […]

Fireworks of blue lightning and gamma rays above thunderclouds

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ISS – ASIM Mission patch. 9 April 2019 After only one year in space, the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) on the International Space Station has given researchers a new understanding of how lightning is created, and how thunderstorms can affect the atmosphere and the climate. The first measurements from the facility that is flying 400 […]

Jupiter’s Atmosphere Heats up under Solar Wind

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Subaru Telescope logo. April 9, 2019 New Earth-based telescope observations show that auroras at Jupiter’s poles are heating the planet’s atmosphere to a greater depth than previously thought – and that it is a rapid response to the solar wind. “The solar wind impact at Jupiter is an extreme example of space weather,” said James […]

OSIRIS-REx Captures Laser 3D View of Bennu

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NASA – OSIRIS-REx Mission patch. April 8, 2019 This three-dimensional view of asteroid Bennu was created by the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA), contributed by the Canadian Space Agency, on NASA�s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. From Feb. 12 through 17, OLA made more than 11 million measurements of the distance between OSIRIS-REx and Bennu�s surface as the spacecraft […]