Day: April 26, 2019

Mystery of the Universe�s Expansion Rate Widens With New Hubble Data

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NASA – Hubble Space Telescope (HST) patch. April 26, 2019 Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope say they have crossed an important threshold in revealing a discrepancy between the two key techniques for measuring the universe’s expansion rate. The recent study strengthens the case that new theories may be needed to explain the forces that […]

Crew Juggles Emergency Drill, Space Biology and Dragon Preps

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ISS – Expedition 59 Mission patch. April 26, 2019 The six-member Expedition 59 crew conducted a routine, periodic drill for response to emergencies today in the middle of a science-packed day. The astronauts also researched space biology while preparing for next week�s SpaceX Dragon cargo mission. The space residents practiced communications, roles and responsibilities, and […]

Hubble Snaps a Crowded Cluster

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NASA – Hubble Space Telescope (HST) patch. April 26, 2019 This sparkling burst of stars is Messier 75. It is a globular cluster: a spherical collection of stars bound together by gravity. Clusters like this orbit around galaxies and typically reside in their outer and less-crowded areas, gathering to form dense communities in the galactic […]

Successful Operation of Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2’s SCI

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JAXA – Hayabusa2 Mission patch. April 26, 2019 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) separated the SCI (Small Carry-on Impactor), which had been onboard the asteroid explorer Hayabusa2, on April 5, 2019, for deployment to Ryugu, and then put the SCI into operation. As a result of checking the images captured by the Optical Navigation Camera […]

Antarctica’s Effect on Sea Level Rise in Coming Centuries

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JPL – Jet Propulsion Laboratory logo. April 26, 2019 There are two primary causes of global mean sea level rise – added water from melting ice sheets and glaciers, and the expansion of sea water as it warms. The melting of Antarctica’s ice sheet is currently responsible for 20-25% of global sea level rise. But […]

The Giant Galaxy Around the Giant Black Hole

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NASA – Spitzer Space Telescope patch. April 26, 2019 On April 10, 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) unveiled the first-ever image of a black hole’s event horizon, the area beyond which light cannot escape the immense gravity of the black hole. That giant black hole, with a mass of 6.5 billion Suns, is located […]

The day the asteroid might hit

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Asteroid Watch logo. 26 April 2019 For the first time, ESA will cover a major international asteroid impact exercise live via social media, highlighting the the actions that might be taken by scientists, space agencies and civil protection organisations. Visualisation of asteroid Itokawa Every two years, asteroid experts from across the globe come together to […]

Hermes to Bring Asteroid Research to the ISS

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ISS – International Space Station logo. April 25, 2019 Asteroid researchers on Earth will soon gain a powerful new way to remotely conduct experiments aboard the International Space Station. The device, called the Hermes Facility, is an experiment station that can communicate with scientists on the ground and give them the ability to control their […]