Day: May 1, 2019

Astronauts Relax Today Before Robotics Work and Dragon Cargo Mission

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ISS – Expedition 59 Mission patch. May 1, 2019 The Expedition 59 astronauts are off-duty today relaxing before the planned launch and capture of the SpaceX Dragon resupply ship this weekend. In Mission Control, robotics engineers are preparing to swap a failed power distributor outside the International Space Station. On April 29, the space station […]

NASA and Blue Origin Help Classrooms and Researchers Reach Space

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NASA logo. May 1, 2019 �We are now on the verge of giving students and teachers the ability to build and fly affordable experiments in space. When teachers are this excited about putting experiments in space, their students can�t help but get excited about space, too.� Image above: As human explorers venture to the Moon […]

InSight Captures Sunrise and Sunset on Mars

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NASA – InSight Mission patch. May 1, 2019 NASA’s InSight lander captured a series of sunrise and sunset images. Image above: NASA’s InSight lander used its Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC) on the spacecraft’s robotic arm to image this sunrise on Mars on April 24, 2019, the 145th Martian day (or sol) of the mission. This […]

Staying Healthy Longer in Space

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ISS – Biotechnology Facility patch. May 1, 2019 Falling ill while traveling is an unfortunate yet common occurrence. Even a minor bug can ruin an entire trip. But for astronauts, getting sick on a long space voyage would have far more serious consequences than a little spoiled fun. The Rodent Research 12 (RR-12) investigation joins […]

Hera�s CubeSat to perform first radar probe of an asteroid

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ESA – Hera Mission logo. 1 May 2019 Small enough to be an aircraft carry-on, the Juventas spacecraft nevertheless has big mission goals. Once in orbit around its target body, Juventas will unfurl an antenna larger than itself, to perform the very first subsurface radar survey of an asteroid. ESA�s proposed Hera mission for planetary […]

Swarm helps explain Earth�s magnetic jerks

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ESA – SWARM Mission logo. 1 May 2019 Our protective magnetic field is always restless, but every now and then something weird happens � it jerks. Although scientists have known about these rapid shifts for some 40 years, the reason why they occur has remained a frustrating mystery, until now. Since geomagnetic jerks were discovered […]