Space

Is the future of spaceflight female?  Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir captured the world’s attention with their historic all-woman spacewalk at the end of 2019. The 2020s is beginning with the duo scheduled to repeat their historic first twice more by the end of January. Is the future of spaceflight female? If popular culture
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Composite of a true colour image of Saturn, observed by Cassini in 2016, overlaid with a false colour representation of the ultraviolet aurora in the northern hemisphere as observed on 20 August 2017. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/A. Bader (Lancaster University). Researchers are busy analysing some of the final data sent back from the Cassini spacecraft
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This illustration depicts NASA’s next Mars rover, which launches in 2020. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is one step closer to having its own name after 155 students across the U.S. were chosen as semifinalists in the “Name the Rover” essay contest. Just one will be selected to win the grand prize—the exciting honor
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Technologies of interest include synthetic aperture radar, hyperspectral imaging, electro-optical imaging, infrared imaging and radio frequency sensing. WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s technology arm, the Defense Innovation Unit, is soliciting bids from U.S. companies that operate commercial remote sensing satellites and can provide both imagery and data analytic services. DIU on Jan. 13 released a solicitation
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BOSTON – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is preparing to update its aging space weather fleet with instruments to gather imagery of coronal mass ejection and monitor solar winds. Congress provided NOAA funding in the 2020 budget for Space Weather Follow On (SWFO), a satellite destined for Earth-Sun Lagrange Point 1. The Commerce Department also
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain A single bright star in the constellation of Indus, visible from the southern hemisphere, has revealed new insights on an ancient collision that our galaxy the Milky Way underwent with another smaller galaxy called Gaia-Enceladus early in its history. An international team of scientists led by the University of Birmingham adopted
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain Scientists, including those from the University of Colorado Boulder, have finally scaled the solar system’s equivalent of the Rocky Mountain range. In a study published today in Nature Astronomy, researchers from the United States and Japan unveil the possible origins of our cosmic neighborhood’s “Great Divide.” This well-known schism may have
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This image shows part of the ice cap sitting at Mars’ north pole, complete with bright swathes of ice, dark troughs and depressions, and signs of strong winds and stormy activity. Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin , CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO ESA’s Mars Express has captured beautiful images of the icy cap sitting at Mars’ north pole,
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Asteroid 2020 AV2: 8 Jan. 2020. Credit: Virtual Telescope Project Gianluca Masi, an astrophysicist working on the Virtual Telescope Project,which he founded, has announced the confirmation of 2020 AV2—the first asteroid orbiting entirely within the orbit of Venus. Masi describes on the Virtual Telescope Project web page the discovery by a team at the Zwicky
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Pulse profile of PSR J2021+4026 in MJD 58,244-58,722 (LGF/HSD state after 2018 state change). Credit: Takata et al., 2020. Using NASA’s Fermi telescope, astronomers have detected a state change of the gamma-ray emission and spin-down rate of the variable radio-quiet gamma-ray pulsar PSR J2021+4026. Such behavior was first observed in this pulsar in 2011, and
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In response to concerns about its launch procurement strategy, the Air Force asked RAND to conduct an analysis of the heavy lift launch market. WASHINGTON — An independent study of the space launch market commissioned by the U.S. Air Force suggests the service should support three providers in the short term to ensure it has
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Stopher will be a senior fellow at the Prague Security Studies Institute’s space security program WASHINGTON — Former principal assistant to the secretary of the U.S. Air Force for space policy John Stopher has joined the Prague Security Studies Institute as a senior fellow in the space security program. “Stopher will provide expertise on American
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Jasmin “Jaws” Moghbeli earned her fierce nickname during her time as a decorated helicopter gunship pilot who flew more than 150 missions in Afghanistan. The Marine Corps major, MIT graduate and college basketball player can now add another accomplishment to her burgeoning resume: the first Iranian-American astronaut. Speaking to AFP after graduating in NASA’s latest
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HONOLULU — The first core stage for NASA’s Space Launch System finally rolled out of its factory Jan. 8, ready to be shipped to a NASA center for a key series of tests in the coming months. The core stage of the SLS rolled out of the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, accompanied by
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