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Astronomy / Space Science - 26.01.2023

Astronomy / Space Science - 25.01.2023
NASA's Psyche Mission Continues Preparation for Launch in 2023
NASA’s Psyche Mission Continues Preparation for Launch in 2023
After a one-year delay to complete critical testing, the Psyche project is targeting an October 2023 launch. NASA's Psyche spacecraft is shown in a clean room on Dec. 8, 2022, at Astrotech Space Operations Facility near the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft was powered on and connected to ground support equipment, enabling engineers and technicians to prepare it for launch in 2023.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 24.01.2023
Were galaxies much different in the early universe?
The HERA radio telescope consists of 350 dishes pointed upward to detect 21-centimeter emissions from the early universe. It is located in a radio-quiet region of the arid Karoo in South Africa. An array of 350 radio telescopes in the Karoo desert of South Africa is getting closer to detecting "cosmic dawn" - the era after the Big Bang when stars first ignited and galaxies began to bloom.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 24.01.2023
Plasma thrusters used on satellites could be much more powerful
It was believed that running more propellant through a Hall thruster would wreck its efficiency, but new experiments suggest they might power a crewed mission to Mars Study: Operation and performance of a magnetically shielded hall thruster at ultrahigh current densities on xenon and krypton It was believed that Hall thrusters, an efficient kind of electric propulsion widely used in orbit, need to be large to produce a lot of thrust.

Innovation - Astronomy / Space Science - 19.01.2023
Chatzinotas on the IRIS2 Satellite Constellation
The European Infrastructure for Resilience, Interconnectivity and Security by Satellite (IRIS 2 ) promises a powerful new space-based communication infrastructure for the EU.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 19.01.2023
Caltech Submillimeter Observatory Decommissioning Update
Last summer, Caltech began the decommissioning of the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) on Maunakea.

Astronomy / Space Science - 18.01.2023
Aerospace student experiences weightlessness during parabolic flight
Aerospace student experiences weightlessness during parabolic flight
Michaela Benthaus at "AstroAccess" in Houston Michaela Benthaus had dreamed of becoming an astronaut since she was a young girl.

Astronomy / Space Science - 13.01.2023
The MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa receives prestigious award of the Royal Astronomical Society
The MeerKAT team is awarded the Group Award of the Royal Astronomical Society for a series of spectacular observations in radio astronomy, the highlight being the images of the Galactic Centre region and the spectacular radio bubbles.

Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation - 12.01.2023
NASA's Lunar Flashlight Team Assessing Spacecraft's Propulsion System
NASA’s Lunar Flashlight Team Assessing Spacecraft’s Propulsion System
The mission is characterizing its new "green" propulsion system and developing a modified plan for the briefcase-size satellite's journey to the Moon.

Astronomy / Space Science - 12.01.2023
How did the Butterfly Nebula get its wings? It’s complicated
Planetary nebulae form when red giant stars expel their outermost layers as they run out of helium fuel - becoming hot, dense white dwarf stars that are roughly the size of Earth. The material that was shed, enriched in carbon, forms dazzling patterns as it is blown gently into the interstellar medium.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 11.01.2023
Mariam Tórtola: ’A different behaviour between neutrinos and antineutrinos could help us understand the origin of the Universe’
Mariam Tórtola is a full-time professor in the Department of Theoretical Physics at the University of Valencia; researcher at the Institute of Corpuscular Physics (IFIC), a mixed centre of the Univers

Earth Sciences - Astronomy / Space Science - 11.01.2023
NASA Scientists and Satellites Make Sense of Earth's Subtle Motions
NASA Scientists and Satellites Make Sense of Earth’s Subtle Motions
What can hidden motions underground tell us about earthquakes, eruptions, and even climate change? NASA scientists are using data gathered 400 miles above Earth to find out. Creeping, rising, falling, slipping - some parts of Earth are in perpetual motion. The movements are usually too tiny for human senses to notice, but they offer clues about more significant changes happening inside volcanoes, along fault lines, and where tectonic plates meet and clash.

Astronomy / Space Science - Chemistry - 10.01.2023
Shift to ultraviolet-driven chemistry in planet-forming disks marks beginning of late-stage planet formation
The chemistry of planet formation has fascinated researchers for decades because the chemical reservoir in protoplanetary discs-the dust and gas from which planets form-directly impacts planet composition and potential for life. Department of Astronomy suggests that chemistry in late-stage planet development is fueled by ultraviolet rays, rather than cosmic rays or X-rays, and this new understanding provides a chemical signature that helps researchers trace exoplanets back to their cosmic nurseries in the planet-forming disks.

Astronomy / Space Science - Pharmacology - 10.01.2023

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 10.01.2023
Ready for Space: PRETTY is Ready to Launch
Ready for Space: PRETTY is Ready to Launch
The Austrian climate observation satellite PRETTY is scheduled for launch in spring 2023 from the spaceport in French Guiana on board a Vega-C rocket.

Astronomy / Space Science - 10.01.2023
University of Toronto's Cherry Ng called 'rising star' by Astronomy magazine
University of Toronto’s Cherry Ng called ’rising star’ by Astronomy magazine
The universe is the limit for University of Toronto astronomer Cherry Ng , who Astronomy  magazine recently dubbed a "rising star of astronomy" for her work unravelling the mysteries of fast radio bursts (FRBs) - signals from galaxies far outside the Milky Way.

Astronomy / Space Science - 10.01.2023
The seven-year photobomb: Distant star’s dimming was likely a ’dusty’ companion getting in the way, astronomers say
By their own admission, Anastasios -Andy- Tzanidakis and James Davenport are interested in unusual stars.

Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation - 09.01.2023
University of Bath space weather sensors set to take off on UK's first satellite launch
University of Bath space weather sensors set to take off on UK’s first satellite launch
Miniature satellite payload made by Bath engineers will monitor GPS signals; Bath graduates have worked on further satellites.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 04.01.2023
Ian Hutchinson: A lifetime probing plasma, on Earth and in space
Investigating the solar wind flowing past Earth, the MIT has found solitary waves that might arise within fusion devices. Ordinary folks gazing at the night sky can readily spot Earth's close neighbors and the light of distant stars. But when Ian Hutchinson scans the cosmos, he takes in a great deal more.

Electroengineering - Astronomy / Space Science - 02.01.2023
Caltech to Launch Space Solar Power Technology Demo into Orbit in January
Caltech to Launch Space Solar Power Technology Demo into Orbit in January
UPDATE: The Transporter-6 mission successfully launched at 6:55 a.m. PT on January 3.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 28.12.2022

Astronomy / Space Science - Electroengineering - 28.12.2022
Watch the Latest Water Satellite Unfold Itself in Space
Watch the Latest Water Satellite Unfold Itself in Space
The antennas successfully deployed over four days, a process that was completed on Dec.

Life Sciences - Astronomy / Space Science - 22.12.2022
ICYMI: 2022 research round up
Penguin feathers may be secret to effective anti-icing technology Ice buildup on powerlines and electric towers brought the northern US and southern Canada to a standstill during the Great Ice Storm of 1998, leaving many in the cold and dark for days and even weeks. Whether it is on wind turbines, electric towers, drones, or airplane wings, dealing with ice buildup typically depends on techniques that are time consuming, costly and use a lot of energy, along with various chemicals.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 22.12.2022
Construction Begins on NASA's Next-Generation Asteroid Hunter
Construction Begins on NASA’s Next-Generation Asteroid Hunter
NEO Surveyor is the first purpose-built space telescope that will advance NASA's planetary defense efforts by finding and tracking hazardous near-Earth objects.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 22.12.2022
Moon Water Imager Integrated With NASA's Lunar Trailblazer
Moon Water Imager Integrated With NASA’s Lunar Trailblazer
JPL's cutting-edge instrument, which will provide insights into the lunar water cycle and composition of the Moon's surface, has been incorporated into the small satellite.

Astronomy / Space Science - 22.12.2022
Juno Spacecraft Recovering Memory After 47th Flyby of Jupiter
Juno Spacecraft Recovering Memory After 47th Flyby of Jupiter
The science data from the solar-powered spacecraft's most recent flyby of Jupiter and its moon Io appears to be intact.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 21.12.2022
NASA's InSight Lander has retired
NASA’s InSight Lander has retired
The lander's team has tried to contact the spacecraft twice without response, leading them to conclude it has run out of energy. NASA's InSight mission has ended after four years of collecting unique science on Mars.

Astronomy / Space Science - Economics / Business - 21.12.2022

Astronomy / Space Science - 21.12.2022
NASA Retires InSight Mars Lander Mission After Years of Science
NASA Retires InSight Mars Lander Mission After Years of Science
The mission has concluded that the solar-powered lander has run out of energy after more than four years on the Red Planet.

Astronomy / Space Science - 21.12.2022
NASA's Perseverance Rover Deposits First Sample on Mars Surface
NASA’s Perseverance Rover Deposits First Sample on Mars Surface
But the job wasn't done for engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, which built Perseverance and leads the mission.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 20.12.2022
NASA Gets Unusually Close Glimpse of Black Hole Snacking on Star
NASA Gets Unusually Close Glimpse of Black Hole Snacking on Star
Recent observations of a black hole devouring a wandering star may help scientists understand more complex black hole feeding behaviors. Multiple NASA telescopes recently observed a massive black hole tearing apart an unlucky star that wandered too close. Located about 250 million light-years from Earth in the center of another galaxy, it was the fifth-closest example of a black hole destroying a star ever observed.

Astronomy / Space Science - 16.12.2022
Playgrounds in the universe
Nobel laureate and astrophysicist Didier Queloz and earth scientist Cara Magnabosco on the origin of life on Earth, complex life beyond our planet, and the inevitable end of every life. You're both tackling the big questions about the universe. Doesn't it sometimes make you feel small and insignificant? Didier Queloz: Yes, it does indeed.

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 16.12.2022
NASA Launches International Mission to Survey Earth's Water
NASA Launches International Mission to Survey Earth’s Water
Led by NASA and the French space agency CNES, the Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will provide high-definition data on the saltand fresh water on Earth's surface. A satellite built for NASA and the French space agency Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) to observe nearly all the water on our planet's surface lifted off on its way to low-Earth orbit at 3:46 a.m. PST on Friday.

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 16.12.2022
NASA's Perseverance Rover to Begin Building Martian Sample Depot
NASA’s Perseverance Rover to Begin Building Martian Sample Depot
The 10 sample tubes being dropped on Mars' surface so they can be studied on Earth in the future carry an amazing diversity of Red Planet geology. In the coming days, NASA's Perseverance rover is expected to begin building the first sample depot on another world. This will mark a crucial milestone in the NASA-ESA (European Space Agency) Mars Sample Return campaign, which aims to bring Mars samples to Earth for closer study.

Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation - 15.12.2022
Preventing Collisions of Small Satellites
Preventing Collisions of Small Satellites
Using artificial intelligence methods to prevent collisions of nanosatellites in orbit: This is the aim of a new project in which students are leading the pen.

Astronomy / Space Science - 14.12.2022
Back to the Beginning: Radio waves from the deep space past
Back to the Beginning: Radio waves from the deep space past
After four years in Australia, Mike Kriele returned to the Netherlands to defend his thesis and shared his research on the Square Kilometer Array.

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 14.12.2022
NASA Sensors to Help Detect Methane Emitted by Landfills
NASA Sensors to Help Detect Methane Emitted by Landfills
A nonprofit group, Carbon Mapper, will use data from NASA's EMIT mission, plus current airborne and future satellite instruments, to survey waste sites for methane emissions. Observations from the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation ( EMIT ) and other NASA science instruments will be part of a global survey of point-source emissions of methane from solid waste sites such as landfills.

Astronomy / Space Science - 13.12.2022
Weather forecasting set to enter a new era with tonight's launch of next-generation satellite
Weather forecasting set to enter a new era with tonight’s launch of next-generation satellite
New-generation satellite carries more advanced instruments for monitoring and forecasting severe weather events Tonight's launch of a highly advanced meteorological satellite from, Kourou, French Guia

Astronomy / Space Science - 13.12.2022
A new era of weather forecasting begins
The Meteosat Third Generation Imager satellite, set to revolutionise short-term weather forecasting in Europe, lifted off on an Ariane 5 rocket at 21:30 CET (17:30 local time in Kourou) on 13 December from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

Innovation - Astronomy / Space Science - 12.12.2022
’Malicious armed forces have a lot of leeway’
Professor of Military Law Marten Zwanenburg is examining the law related to military and defense in his chair.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 12.12.2022
UK-led robotic sky scanner reveals its first galactic fingerprint
UK-led robotic sky scanner reveals its first galactic fingerprint
A major telescope upgrade has peered through to the distant Universe to reveal the spectra of a pair of galaxies 280 million light years away from Earth.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 12.12.2022
WEAVE spectrograph begins study of galaxy formation and evolution
WEAVE spectrograph begins study of galaxy formation and evolution
LIFU's advantage comes from the large amount of information contained in each observation. Using small displacements of the pointer, the WEAVE spectrograph has produced, in two hours, spectra for 31,500 regions in and around these galaxies. The total light intensity of each of the fibres is used to form the image of the galaxies shown in the centre.

Astronomy / Space Science - 11.12.2022
First Artemis lunar mission ends
Today marked the end of the first Artemis Moon mission, when NASA's Orion spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 17:40 GMT/18:40 CET, after travelling around the Moon and farther than any spacecraft designed to carry humans and return them to Earth.

Astronomy / Space Science - 09.12.2022
Practice Makes Perfect for Student Inventions at JPL Competition
Practice Makes Perfect for Student Inventions at JPL Competition
Months of preparation led to three teams from one school taking home the top prizes at the 23rd Invention Challenge hosted by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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