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Draconid meteor showers 2022: When do they peak this week and how to watch them

Sun, 10/02/2022 - 16:47
Of course, they are not actually stars but debris from the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner as it orbits the sun. The Earth passes through these ...

NASA Mars Helicopter Takes Flight With Weird Debris on Its Foot

Sun, 10/02/2022 - 15:40
NASA's plucky Ingenuity helicopter rose off the Martian ground on Sept. 24 for a short repositioning flight, and it looks like it wasn't alone. Navigation images from the flight seem to show a light-colored, flowing debris object stuck to the chopper for ...

DART mission: How NASA hit the bullseye

Sun, 10/02/2022 - 15:17
"I've never been able to sit still watching any of the asteroid movies and not just want to get up and walk away," said MIT professor Richard Binzel. In addition to writing the book on asteroids, he also invented the Torino scale, a 10-point danger scale ...

With drained battery & no fuel, India's Mars Orbiter craft quietly bids adieu

Sun, 10/02/2022 - 13:53
The Rs 450 crore Mars Orbiter Mission was launched onboard PSLV-C25 on November five, 2013, and the MOM spacecraft was successfully inserted into Martian orbit on September 24, 2014 in its first attempt.

Mangalyaan quietly bids goodbye: India's maiden Mars mission runs out of fuel

Sun, 10/02/2022 - 13:29
It remained operational for over eight years when it was designed for a six-month-long mission · The spacecraft was equipped with five instruments to study the Martian surface features, morphology · India has been planning to launch another mission to Mars ...

See the moon appear half-lit during its closest first quarter phase tonight (Oct. 2)

Sun, 10/02/2022 - 11:00
The moon will be almost exactly half illuminated by the sun on Sunday (Oct. 2), during a phase called the first quarter. This will also mark the closest the moon is to Earth during its first quarter phases of 2022.

Missing element for life may be present in ocean of Saturn's moon Enceladus

Sun, 10/02/2022 - 11:00
The ocean inside Saturn's moon Enceladus may be enriched with phosphorus, an important element for life as we know it, new research reveals. Phosphorus is a vital component of life's biochemistry. For instance ...

NICK STROBEL: DART's asteroid collision yields useful data

Sun, 10/02/2022 - 10:27
The DART hit its mark! At 4:14 p.m. Monday, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft successfully collided with the small asteroid Dimorphos that is orbiting the larger asteroid Didymos. It was a test of nudging an asteroid, which is a technique ...

NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Spots Foreign Object Debris on Mars

Sun, 10/02/2022 - 10:26
During a portion of the Ingenuity Mars helicopter's 33rd flight, a small piece of foreign object debris (FOD) was seen in footage (see video below) from the Mars helicopter's navigation camera (Navcam).

Shalom From Space: Italian Astronaut Tweets Her Pictures Of Israel

Sun, 10/02/2022 - 10:15
These amazing pictures from the International Space Station (ISS) 400 kilometers (248 miles) above Earth show Tel Aviv and Haifa at night. Samantha Cristoforetti, new commander of the ISS, posted them on Twitter yesterday, with a greeting to the ...

SpaceX Rocket Set to Deliver Starlink Satellites from Vandenberg SFB

Sun, 10/02/2022 - 04:50
The 230-foot-tall rocket will carry 52 Starlink satellites for the SpaceX campaign to create a constellation of craft to provide Internet access around the globe. If the launch ...

How Does NASA Plan to Keep Samples From Mars Safe From Contamination (and Contaminating) Earth?

Sun, 10/02/2022 - 03:37
NASA's Mars Sample Return Mission is inching closer and closer. The overall mission architecture just hit a new milestone when Perseverance collected the first sample that will be sent back. But what happens once that sample actually gets here?

University of Minnesota discovers ancient meteor crash site in Inver Grove Heights

Sat, 10/01/2022 - 22:22
Researchers say it appears the massive meteor struck the earth around 490 million years ago, putting it near the end of the Cambrian period. Crater co-discoverer Julia Steenberg says this is an incredible discovery.

Preps resume for SpaceX crew launch after Hurricane Ian

Sat, 10/01/2022 - 22:22
From left to right: Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, NASA astronaut Josh Cassada, NASA commander Nicole Mann, and Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina arrive at Kennedy Space Center on Oct. 1 to prepare for launch to the International Space Station.

Final flight! NASA telescope captures STUNNING objects in the cosmos

Sat, 10/01/2022 - 18:40
The world's largest airborne telescope Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), which is operated by NASA, embarked on its final flight on September 29, 2022. Marking the end of an era, NASA shared a small breathtaking collection of ...

Skywatch: Jupiter, king of the planets, rises into a luminous reign

Sat, 10/01/2022 - 18:33
As the leaves fall, enjoy how planets ascend: At sunset now, find Jupiter — the king of the planets — ascending the eastern sky and reigning in a luminous way. The large, gaseous planet appears above the treetops around 7:30 p.m. and can be seen ...

As Pacific Ocean Shrinks, Earth Will Once Again Host a Supercontinent in the Next 200-300 Million Years: Study

Sat, 10/01/2022 - 14:17
Ever since the Mesopotamian era — the cradle of human civilisation — man has been fighting wars to win over territories. These wars have constantly created boundaries on the world map, splitting the land into smaller sections.

NASA's surprising reason for crashing into an asteroid's moon

Sat, 10/01/2022 - 12:16
The need to learn how to save the world from an asteroid might seem like a no-brainer, but planetary defense missions have had a hard time gaining government support — deemed too expensive for years. Planetary scientist Andrew Cheng, who works at Johns ...

When is October's partial solar eclipse and who can see it?

Sat, 10/01/2022 - 11:00
Eclipses happen when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun and casts a shadow on part of the planet either fully or partially blocking the light from the sun. Solar eclipses are never visible across the entire planet because the moon is much ...

NASA eyes November for launch attempt of Moon rocket

Sat, 10/01/2022 - 07:31
NASA said Friday it would try to launch its Moon mega-rocket in November, without committing to a precise date for the much-delayed Artemis 1 mission. The US space agency, which was forced to postpone its latest liftoff attempt due to massive Hurricane ...

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