Space

Credit: ESA-P. de Maagt More ESA test facilities can test more than just space hardware: here, the 2.0m-diameter nose of an Airbus A340 aircraft is seen in ESA’s Hertz chamber, undergoing radio-frequency testing. “We had a rare gap in our test schedule and were able to accommodate a commercial customer,” explains ESA antenna engineer Eric
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ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano prepares for ANALOG-1 experiment operations on the ground in the European Astronaut Center in Cologne, Germany. The investigation will require him to remotely control an Earth-based rover from the space station. Credit: ESA More Astronauts could one day remotely control Moon and Mars rovers from orbit. An upcoming test aboard the
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Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper said an extended CR is especially damaging for space “where we are trying to build systems to be survivable.” WASHINGTON — With no end to the budget impasse in sight, Pentagon officials are warning that procurements across the board will suffer significant delays. The Air Force is especially concerned
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Credits: Melissa Trainer/Dan Gallagher/NASA Goddard More For the first time in the history of space exploration, scientists have measured the seasonal changes in the gases that fill the air directly above the surface of Gale Crater on Mars. As a result, they noticed something baffling: oxygen, the gas many Earth creatures use to breathe, behaves
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Hypervelocity star ejected by black hole. Credit: S5 Collaboration More The discovery of the star, known as S5-HVS1, was made by Sergey Koposov from Carnegie Mellon University as part of the Southern Stellar Stream Spectroscopic Survey (S5). Located in the constellation of Grus—the Crane—S5-HVS1 was found to be moving ten times faster than most stars
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The senior secured loan will help fund BlackSky’s infrastructure and product development. WASHINGTON — Geospatial data provider BlackSky announced Nov. 12 it has secured a $50 million loan from global communications satellite operator Intelsat. The senior secured loan will finance BlackSky’s infrastructure and product development for commercial and government customers, BlackSky CEO Brian O’Toole told
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An artist’s conception shows a hypothetical planet with two moons orbiting within the habitable zone of a red dwarf star. Credit: NASA/Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics/D. Aguilar More In order to search for life in outer space, astronomers first need to know where to look. A new Northwestern University study will help astronomers narrow down the
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WASHINGTON — A NASA space telescope recently completed a major review and is making good progress, project officials say, despite uncertainty about its funding. NASA announced Nov. 1 that the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) passed its preliminary design review (PDR), a major milestone in the development of the space-based observatory. That overall PDR came
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The spacecraft would circumnavigate Venus every four to six days, with solar panels charging every two to three days on the side of planet illuminated by the sun. Credit: University at Buffalo More Venus is Earth’s neighbor, yet scientists’ understanding of the planet is relatively limited, especially on the so-called “dark side.” That knowledge gap
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