Satellites and space missions

bennu oct 21 2020

OSIRIS-REx touches down on asteroid Bennu in 'historic and incredible feat'

NASA's OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) spacecraft has successfully touched down on asteroid Bennu on October 20, 2020, in what was described by scientists as a "historic" and...

October 21, 2020

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Air still leaking from ISS after failed attempt to seal the crack

Pressure continues to decline at the International Space Station after a failed attempt to fix the air leak using adhesive tape. The leak is located the working compartment of Zvezda Service Module and was described by Roscosmos as 'more than standard.' The...

October 13, 2020

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Roscosmos reports air leak on International Space Station

A 'more than standard' air leak was found in the working compartment of the Zvezda Service Module on the International Space Station (ISS), Russian Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities reported on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. "After a...

September 29, 2020

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Mysterious, spiral-shaped ultraviolet light pulses over Mars

New images from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft reveal wide areas of Mars' night sky pulsing in ultraviolet light. While researchers understand the light's source, its mysterious spiral shape left them puzzled. "There is a vast spiral of ultraviolet light...

August 26, 2020

magnetosphere aug 7 2020

ESA highlights Cluster mission's 20 years of observing Earth's magnetosphere

ESA's Cluster mission, launched in June 2000, was designed to study the Earth's magnetosphere, which protects the planet from impacts by cosmic particles but also interacts with them, generating spectacular phenomena like auroras. As the mission enters its...

August 07, 2020

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Extremely elongated cloud returns over Arsia Mons volcano, Mars

The Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC) attached to Mars Express captured a mysteriously long, thin cloud over the 20 km (12 miles) high Arsia Mons volcano on July 17 and 19, 2020. According to ESA, the cloud is a recurrent feature made up of water ice and is influenced...

July 31, 2020

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NASA's Juno takes never-before seen photos of Ganymede's north pole

NASA's Juno Jupiter probe has captured the first images of the north pole of Ganymede-- the largest moon in the solar system and the only moon with its own magnetic field. During a close flyby of Jupiter in December 2019, Juno mapped the north polar regions of...

July 26, 2020

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Comet Interceptor: ESA announces new space mission to intercept 'pristine' comets

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced its new mission -- Comet Interceptor -- is expected to launch in 2028. The mission aims to investigate a "pristine" comet or other interstellar object that is only just starting its journey into the inner Solar...

July 26, 2020

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New phenomena discovered on the Sun

A new Sun-observing mission led by ESA and NASA -- Solar Orbiter -- has returned its first images of the Sun, revealing previously unknown omnipresent miniature solar flares, dubbed 'campfires.' The campfires shown in the image below were captured by the...

July 16, 2020

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NASA's DART mission may cause first ever man-made meteor shower

The impact of NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission-- which aims to nudge the orbit of its target for planetary defense purposes-- may produce the first meteor shower from human activities in space, according to research published in The...

July 08, 2020

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Eyes in the Sky: How satellites drastically improved hurricane forecasting

Satellite technology has drastically changed how we forecast hurricanes as it has allowed us to track the storm's location, movement, and intensity, from formation to dissipation. On September 8, 1900, a powerful hurricane hit Galveston, Texas, which resulted in...

July 04, 2020

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eROSITA X-ray telescope captures deepest view of the entire sky

The eROSITA telescope, which launched in July 2019, has since been scanning the entire sky in X-ray wavelengths, gathering observations for all the deepest all-sky survey. It has now completed its first full sweep, with all the data compiled into a map that contains...

June 28, 2020

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NASA's ICON mission releases first batch of data on Earth's ionosphere

NASA's ICON mission team has released its first batch of observations of the ins and outs of the Earth's ionosphere--the dynamic region high in the planet's atmosphere where terrestrial weather meets space weather. The satellite is designed to study...

June 28, 2020

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SOHO discovers its 4 000th comet

A citizen scientist from Europe discovered SOHO's 4 000th comet in the spacecraft's 25-year history. SOHO -- Solar and Heliospheric Observatory -- jointly operated by NASA and ESA since 1995. The comet was discovered on June 15, 2020, and is currently...

June 17, 2020

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STEREO-A records Solar Orbiter crossing the ion tail of Comet ATLAS

ESA's Solar Orbiter spacecraft passed through the ion tail of Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) on May 31 and June 1, 2020, and through its dust tail on June 6. This is the 7th space mission to fly through the tail of a comet, and the first one whose upcoming crossing was...

June 07, 2020

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MAVEN maps electric currents around Mars, crucial clues to atmospheric loss

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has created a map of electric currents around Mars, five years after it entered into its orbit. These currents hold crucial clues in the atmospheric loss that made the red planet incapable of supporting life. "These currents play a...

May 31, 2020

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ESA's Solar Orbiter to pass through the tail of Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) in a rare encounter

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced that its Solar Orbiter probe will have a rare encounter with the Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS), passing through the object's ion tail on May 31, 2020 into June 1. Solar Orbiter’s upcoming crossing is the first to be...

May 30, 2020