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NASA is scouring engineering data taken by the orbiter's JunoCam in order to understand why the majority of images from the spacecraft were not acquired. The missing data is from Juno's most recent flyby of Jupiter on January 22, 2023. The Juno spacecraft began its journey toward Jupiter back in August 2011. After... Read more...
Rolls-Royce, a company well known for its luxury vehicles, teased a nuclear reactor on its Twitter account that could power a moonbase, or space travel to Mars and beyond. The company also announced its partnership with the UK Space Agency for a study to look into nuclear power for space exploration. While the race... Read more...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) captured footage of a ringed asteroid more than 2 billion miles away using a new technique, known as occultation. Chariklo is 160 miles (250 kilometers) in diameter and its rings orbit at a distance of around 250 miles (400 kilometers) from the center of the icy rock's... Read more...
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured an image of the Red Planet's surface that resembles that of a bear's face. The image was taken with the High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Since arriving in Mars' orbit in 2006, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has... Read more...
NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will partner on developing a new nuclear thermal rocket engine to be used for space travel. The Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) program, is a non-reimbursable agreement that outlines roles, responsibilities, and processes aimed... Read more...
Rocket Lab is scheduled to launch its Virginia Is For Launches mission later this evening. It will be the company's first launch from Launch Complex 2 at Virginia Space's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport within NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. While this will not be the first launch of Rocket Lab's Electron booster... Read more...
Venus is often referred to as Earth's evil twin and NASA asked one of its scientists why that is. While the answer as to why Venus is thought of as Earth's twin may be better known, what makes our closest neighbor "evil" may not be. Venus is the second closest planet to the Sun at a distance of around 67 million... Read more...
Two Expedition 68 crew members completed the first spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday. NASA astronaut Nicole Mann and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata completed work left over from a previous spacewalk. Wakata and Mann began preparation for the spacewalk... Read more...
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured an intruder in one of its images as the space agency attempts to fill in the gaps of the Milky Way. When the project was first proposed, 75% of all the Milky Way nearby neighbors had been imaged by Hubble. The project aims to use the gaps between longer Hubble observations in... Read more...
New research indicates that something is awry within the Butterfly Nebula, also known as NGC 6302. A team of astronomers at the University of Washington found "dramatic changes in the material within the wings," after comparing two pictures captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 2009 and 2020. The team shared... Read more...
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a star's final moments in incredible detail as it gets devoured by a black hole. The black hole lurked in the distance until the woeful star wandered by. Once the star was close enough, the black hole's gravitational grasp reeled it in and tore it apart, feeding on the star's... Read more...
The first image from ShadowCam reveals the permanently shadowed wall and floor of Shackleton crater in incredible, never before seen detail. NASA-funded ShadowCam is one of six instruments onboard the Korean Aerospace Research Institute's Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter. The poles of the Moon are in a perpetual state of... Read more...
The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program is providing $175,000 in grants to 14 visionaries from nine states. From a pipeline on the Moon to transport oxygen between settlements to a low-cost flying boat mission, there is no limit to the human imagination. "NASA dares to make the impossible possible... Read more...
NASA's retired Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS) is expected to reenter Earth's atmosphere after nearly four decades in space. For 21 of those years, ERBS actively investigated how Earth absorbed and radiated energy from the Sun. The Department of Defense has projected that the 5,400-pound satellite will... Read more...
The largest volcanic eruption detected yet on Io, Jupiter's innermost moon, was observed in late 2022. The eruption was detected by Jeff Morgenthaler of the Planetary Science Institute utilizing the PSI's Io Input/Output observatory (IoIO). Jupiter's moon Io is no stranger to volcanic eruptions. The first volcanic... Read more...
A comet discovered in March of last year may not return to Earth for another 50,000 years, or ever. C/2022 E3 (ZTF) was spotted when it was already inside the orbit of Jupiter. The first month of 2023 will be filled with bright stars. In the first few hours after dark, the bright constellations Orion the hunter... Read more...
A team of researchers led by the University of Arizona believe Saturn's moon Enceladus is a prime candidate for potentially harboring alien life. The team thinks that a future mission to Enceladus could provide answers without even landing on the icy surface. NASA's Cassini spacecraft concluded its historic 13-year... Read more...
The crew on the International Space Station (ISS) has captured some fascinating images over the last year. From three CubeSats beginning their journey, to a decades-long eruption on Earth, the images are truly inspiring. As the International Space Station continues its scientific journey orbiting over 200 miles... Read more...
NASA is seeking interest and ideas in developing capabilities to re-boost the orbit of a satellite. The space agency is considering utilizing the Hubble Space Telescope for a demonstration in the next few years. NASA, other federal agencies, and commercial entities have an ever-increasing number of aging on-orbit... Read more...
NASA's Hubble telescope captures a spectacular image of an open star cluster estimated to be 10 million years old. The collection of stars is known as NGC 1858, located in the northwestern region of the Large Magellanic Cloud. Hubble remains an incredibly-valuable space telescope, as it continues to capture... Read more...
If you have ever wanted to see what kind of damage a large asteroid impact would have on your hometown, there is now an Asteroid Launcher web app that can give you all the catastrophic details. Asteroid Launcher is based on papers by Dr. Gareth Collins and Dr. Clemens Rumpf. An Armageddon-type asteroid event, such... Read more...
NASA conducted a test on its newly redesigned RS-25 engine that will be used for future flights of the Space Launch System (SLS). The engine completed 209.5 seconds of a scheduled 500-second hot fire test before being shut down by a non-flight system used to monitor the engine. The Artemis program had a successful... Read more...
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