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InSight Captures Sunrise and Sunset on Mars

By window 0 Comment May 1, 2019

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

By window 0 Comment May 1, 2019

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

By window 0 Comment May 1, 2019

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

By window 0 Comment May 1, 2019

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 […]

NASA Investigation Uncovers Cause of Two Science Mission Launch Failures

By window 0 Comment April 30, 2019

NASA – Launch Services Program (LSP) logo. April 30, 2019 Image above: On Space Launch Complex 576-E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, Orbital Sciences workers monitor NASA’s Glory upper stack as a crane lifts it from a stationary rail for attachment to the Taurus XL rocket’s Stage 0. Image Credit: NASA. NASA Launch […]

Space Research Continues on Station as NASA, SpaceX Move Off May 1 Launch

By window 0 Comment April 30, 2019

ISS – Expedition 59 Mission patch. April 30, 2019 NASA has requested SpaceX move off from May 1 for the launch of the company�s 17th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. On April 29, the space station team identified an issue with one of the station�s Main Bus Switching Units that distributes power […]

Scientists Planning Now for Asteroid Flyby a Decade Away

By window 0 Comment April 30, 2019

Asteroid Watch logo. April 30, 2019 On April 13, 2029, a speck of light will streak across the sky, getting brighter and faster. At one point it will travel more than the width of the full Moon within a minute and it will get as bright as the stars in the Little Dipper. But it […]

Crew Waits for Dragon Mission While Teams Troubleshoot Power Issue

By window 0 Comment April 29, 2019

ISS – Expedition 59 Mission patch. April 29, 2019 A SpaceX Dragon cargo craft is poised to liftoff this week from Florida to the International Space Station. The Expedition 59 crew will welcome Dragon when it arrives three days later carrying nearly 5,500 pounds of cargo. Dragon will be encapsulated atop the Falcon 9 rocket […]

Opportunity’s Final Traverse Map

By window 0 Comment April 29, 2019

NASA – Mars Exploration Rover B (MER-B) patch. April 29, 2019 This final traverse map for NASA’s Opportunity rover shows where the rover was located within Perseverance Valley on June 10, 2018, the last date it made contact with its engineering team. Visible in this map is a yellow traverse route beginning at Opportunity’s landing […]

Space Station Science Highlights: Week of April 22, 2019

By window 0 Comment April 29, 2019

ISS – Expedition 59 Mission patch. April 29, 2019 Astronauts aboard the International Space Station installed a variety of hardware and set up science experiments that arrived via a Cygnus resupply ship last week. Crew members also collected samples for investigations. Here are details on some of the scientific activities the Expedition 59 crew members […]