Space

As an irregular galaxy, IC 10 lacks the majestic shape of spiral galaxies such as the Milky Way, or the rounded, ethereal appearance of elliptical galaxies. It is a faint object, despite its relative proximity to us of 2.2 million light-years. In fact, IC 10 only became known to humankind in 1887, when American astronomer
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Ariane 5 is one of the most important launch vehicles of the Esa and regularly launches satellites into space. Credit: ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE-Service Optique CSG; JM Guillon Rockets from the European Space Agency (ESA) fly into space with support from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). Imaging carried out at PSI in cooperation with Dassault Aviation ensures the
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Virgin Galactic is a spaceflight company within the Virgin Group Kelly Latimer, 54, is a test pilot for Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit—two commercial space companies owned by British billionaire Richard Branson. For space tourism company Virgin Galactic, Latimer flies the giant, twin-fuselage aircraft known as WhiteKnightTwo, which carries a smaller spaceship at its belly
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WASHINGTON — A new Government Accountability Office report called on NASA to develop a contingency plan to maintain access to the station after next September should commercial crew vehicles suffer additional delays. The June 20 report by the GAO noted that both Boeing and SpaceX are making progress on the development of their commercial crew
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Artemis searches the Northern Hemisphere sky for exoplanets. Credit: D. Padron With a new telescope situated on a scenic plateau in Tenerife, Spain, MIT planetary scientists now have an added way to search for Earth-sized exoplanets. Artemis, the first ground-based telescope of the SPECULOOS Northern Observatory (SNO), joins a network of 1-meter-class robotic telescopes as
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On 20 June 2019, Ariane 5 flight VA248 lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites, T-16 and Eutelsat-7C, into their planned orbits. Credit: European Space Agency An Ariane 5 has delivered the T-16 and Eutelsat-7C telecom satellites into their planned orbits. Arianespace announced liftoff at 21:43 GMT (23:43 CEST,
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Dome C, Antarctica. Credit: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-N. Albertsen Science for the benefit of space exploration does not only happen off planet. While some studies require the weightless isolation of the International Space Station, another location provides the right conditions for investigating the consequences of spaceflight, and it is right here on Earth. The 2018 crew of Concordia
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One of three finalists selected by NASA for future small satellites, Lunar Trailblazer will detect and map water on the lunar surface to study how its form, abundance and location relate to geology. The principal investigator is Caltech’s Bethany Ehlmann. JPL will provide project management. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA has selected three finalists among a dozen
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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech In this image, taken on June 13, 2019, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, install the starboard legs and wheels—otherwise known as the mobility suspension—on the Mars 2020 rover. They installed the port suspension later that day. “Now that’s a Mars rover,” said David Gruel, the Mars 2020 assembly, test,
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NASA has selected Southwest Research Institute to lead a microsatellite mission to image the Sun’s outer corona. PUNCH proposes a constellation of four suitcase-sized satellites that will orbit the Earth, studying how the Sun’s corona connects with the interplanetary medium, to better understand how coronal structures infuse the solar wind with mass and energy. Credit:
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SANTA BARBARA, California — Fresh off its purchase of geospatial intelligence firm OGSystems in January, Parsons is searching for more companies to buy that would further expand its presence in space, among other industries. Executives at Parsons, speaking during the company’s first earnings call since completing its $534 million initial public offering in May, said
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Composite image of Uranus’s atmosphere and rings at radio wavelengths, taken with the ALMA array in December 2017. The image shows thermal emission, or heat, from the rings of Uranus for the first time, enabling scientists to determine their temperature: a frigid 77 Kelvin (-320 F). Dark bands in Uranus’s atmosphere at these wavelengths show
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Members of the LSST Camera Integration and Testing team at SLAC have inserted a raft of nine imaging sensors into ComCam, a miniature version of the LSST camera that will soon be used for telescope commissioning. Credit: Farrin Abbott/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are building the
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Transit light curve folded to the orbital period of EPIC 212036875 b. The K2 photometric data is indicated with the red points, and the best-fitted transit model with the solid black line. The residuals of the fit are shown in the lower panel. Credit: Persson et al., 2019. An international team of astronomers has found
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