Satellites and space missions

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ESA's SWARM investigates weakening of Earth's magnetic field, possible split up of South Atlantic Anomaly

Over the past 200 years, Earth's magnetic field has lost around 9% of its strength. Meanwhile, a large region of reduced magnetic intensity has developed between Africa and South America -- known as South Atlantic Anomaly. Over the past 5 years, however, a...

May 20, 2020

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Hayabusa-2 reveals more secrets about the dynamic history of asteroid Ryugu

Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa-2 has reported new observations of Ryugu, revealing more secrets about the object's remarkable history-- particularly signs of a close encounter with the Sun. Hayabusa-2 launched in December 2014 and reached Ryugu in 2018. In...

May 19, 2020

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OSIRIS-REx succeeds in sampling rehearsal, taking a step closer to asteroid Bennu

NASA's OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) has successfully descended down to just 75 m (246 feet) above the surface asteroid Bennu in a risky rehearsal to prepare the spacecraft before it collects...

May 07, 2020

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Russia set to launch its first satellite for monitoring Arctic

Russia's first satellite for monitoring the Arctic climate called Arktika-M is set to be launched by the end of 2020, as announced by the General Director of the Lavochkin aerospace company, Vladimir Kolmykov. The launch was initially scheduled in 2019 but was...

May 07, 2020

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Highly-detailed images reveal evidence of ancient rivers on Mars

A high-resolution satellite has captured detailed images of a rocky cliff on Mars, revealing the first evidence of ancient rivers that existed for more than 100 000 years on the surface of the planet, 3.7 billion years ago. The international team of scientists used...

May 07, 2020

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Amateur astronomers discover new type of rare, pulsating star

An unusual tear-drop shaped star that only pulsates on one side has been discovered by amateur astronomers, who saw the anomaly in data taken by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). It is reportedly the first of its kind, and scientists are...

March 09, 2020

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ESA's Solar Orbiter starts its 5-year mission to provide unprecedented close-up observations of the Sun

20 years after inception, 6 years of construction and more than a year of testing, ESA's new Sun-exploring spacecraft was successfully launched by the US Atlas V 411 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 04:04 UTC on...

February 10, 2020

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Kepler spots a 'vampire' star system going through super-outburst

A new search of NASA's Kepler space telescope archive has uncovered a vampire star system undergoing super-outburst. Crafted to search for exoplanets, the spacecraft sometimes spots other objects that brighten or dim. The newly-discovered star system consists of...

January 30, 2020

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Stormy activity and rippling ice at Mars' north pole

The European Space Agency (ESA) shared a stunning image captured by Mars Express' High-Resolution Stereo Camera on the red planet, showing a stormy activity on the icy cap at the north pole, with swathes of ice, dark troughs, depressions, and signs of strong...

January 21, 2020

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Sounds of the solar wind as recorded by Parker Solar Probe

Just 17 months since launch, and after three orbits around the Sun, NASA's Parker Solar Probe – designed, built, and now operated by Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) – brings us amazing sounds of solar wind and hints at origins of this...

January 16, 2020

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NASA/ESA Solar Orbiter to provide the first views of the Sun's unexplored polar regions from high-latitudes

Solar Orbiter -- a joint NASA/ESA mission will launch from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral at 04:30 UTC on February 6 (23:30 EST, February 5). The spacecraft will provide the first views of the Sun's unexplored polar regions from high-latitudes, giving...

January 01, 2020

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Russia to build nuclear-powered lunar base to track Earth-threatening asteroids

Russia's space agency Roscosmos revealed its plans to establish an observatory on the Moon that is capable of tracking asteroids that can potentially threaten Earth. The lunar facility will work with orbiting satellites to spot dangerous space rocks, and its...

December 29, 2019

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Details of Parker Solar Probe's groundbreaking discoveries about the Sun

NASA's Parker Solar Probe surprised scientists with its groundbreaking views of the Sun as the first results from the mission were released on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Scientists observed bursts of energetic particles never seen before on a small scale, and...

December 05, 2019

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Global storms on Mars launch dust towers 80 km (50 miles) into the sky

When a massive dust storm on Mars-- like the one in 2018-- reaches its full potential, it can transform into a globe-bestriding colossus. This happens often on the red planet, and these storms typically start out as a sequence of smaller storms. NASA scientists said...

December 03, 2019

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Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space, becomes second to leave the heliosphere

​University of Iowa researchers have reported on November 4, 2019, that the spacecraft Voyager 2 has entered the interstellar medium (ISM), the region of space outside the heliosphere or the protective bubble particles and magnetic fields produced by the Sun....

November 05, 2019

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NASA presents nearly 20 years of global rain

NASA has presented its near-global estimate of rain and snow covering the past 19 years. The release allows scientists to study both long term and short term trends in Earth's precipitation. NASA's IMERG or the Integrated Multi-Satellite Retrievals for...

October 21, 2019

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Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) spacecraft in orbit for a first-of-its-kind mission

NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) spacecraft is now in orbit for a first-of-its-kind mission to study a region of space where changes can disrupt communications and satellite orbits, and even increase radiation risks to astronauts. ICON is an...

October 12, 2019