Satellites and space missions

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CLASP-2 to catapult above Earth's atmosphere for 5 minutes of solar observation

CLASP-2 sounding rocket will catapult above Earth's atmosphere for approximately 5 minutes of solar observation today. The launch will take place at the White Sands Missile Range in the New Mexico desert. CLASP-2, short for Chromospheric Layer...

April 11, 2019

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Very powerful explosions of light detected in Earth's atmosphere, possibly a new physical phenomenon

Russian Astro and Geophysics satellite named after 18th-century scientists Mikhail Lomonosov, also known as MVL-300, has reportedly detected a previously unknown physical phenomenon in the Earth's atmosphere. This space-based observatory was launched in 2016 in...

February 17, 2019

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Van Allen Probes begin final phase of exploration in Earth's radiation belts

NASA's twin Van Allen Probes, launched in August 2012 and originally designed as a two-year mission, are starting a new and final phase in their exploration. On February 12, 2019, one of the twin Van Allen Probes begins a series of orbit descent maneuvers to...

February 12, 2019

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Cosmos 2430 Missile Early Warning Satellite re-entry recorded over New Zealand

Russian Cosmos 2430 early warning satellite, launched 11 years ago, re-entered Earth's atmosphere on January 5, 2018, producing a spectacular show to all New Zealanders lucky enough to witness it. The object was first seen shortly after 20:58 NZDT (07:58 UTC)...

January 05, 2019

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Space debris impact: Iridium 70 satellite fuel tank crashes into central California

A large metal object fell from the sky near Hanford, California on October 11, 2018. The object crashed in a walnut orchard near 8th and Houston avenues in Kings County and was found October 13. The Iridium representative confirmed this week the object is a...

October 19, 2018

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Soyuz rocket with crew to ISS malfunctions minutes after launch, capsule returns in a ballistic descent mode

The US-Russian Expedition 57 crew launched toward the International Space Station inside Soyuz MS-10 rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 08:40 UTC on Thursday, October 11, 2018, was forced to make emergency landing several minutes after launch....

October 11, 2018

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Ion-powered Hayabusa2 spacecraft arrives at asteroid Ryugu

The unmanned Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 has arrived at asteroid Ryugu, currently located 284 million km (176 million miles) away from Earth. The spacecraft will attempt 3 brief touch-and-go landings over the next 18 months to collect samples and return them to...

June 27, 2018

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Rapidly intensifying, possibly planet-wide dust storm affecting Mars

A massive and intensifying dust storm, one of the most intense ever observed on Mars, is affecting the Red Planed since May 30, 2018. The storm is growing rapidly and is likely to go, or has already gone, global. On June 10, the storm covered more than 41 million...

June 13, 2018

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3D infrared animation of Jupiter’s north pole

NASA's Juno scientists have unveiled their 3D infrared movie depicting densely packed cyclones and anticyclones that permeate Jupiter’s polar regions, and the first detailed view of a dynamo, or engine, powering the magnetic field for any planet beyond...

April 12, 2018

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Tiangong-1 - 'Heavenly Palace' space station crashes into Pacific Ocean

Tiangong-1, China's defunct and reportedly out-of-control space station, re-entered the Earth's atmosphere in central South Pacific about 00:16 UTC (20:16 ET) on April 2, 2018, the U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Force Space Component Command (JFSCC)...

April 02, 2018

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CZ-3B rocket body re-entry recorded over Paraguay

The body of Chinese Long March 3B rocket, also known as CZ-3B, launched December 10, 2017, re-entered Earth's atmosphere around 05:52 UTC on March 10 over Paraguay, creating a spectacular show. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received just one witness report...

March 12, 2018

J0045+41

The most tightly coupled pair of supermassive black holes ever seen

An intriguing source has been discovered in the nearby Andromeda galaxy using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ground-based optical telescopes. Previously thought to be part of the Milky Way's neighbor galaxy, the new research shows this source...

December 03, 2017

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Unexpected atmospheric vortex behavior on Saturn’s moon Titan

A new study, led by a University of Bristol earth scientist, has shown that recently reported unexpected behavior on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is due to its unique atmospheric chemistry. Titan’s polar atmosphere recently experienced unexpected and...

November 29, 2017

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Plasma space tornadoes let high-energy particles into near-Earth space

Researchers using NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission (MMS) discovered tornado-like swirls of plasma create a magnetosphere tumultuous enough to let harmful high-energy particles from the Sun slip into near-Earth space. The discovery is important for...

November 23, 2017

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Three decades of measurements show ozone's ups and downs

Climate scientists studying three decades of ozone measurements from seven satellites see a positive trend in global recovery after international efforts to curb ozone-depleting substances. The part of Earth’s atmosphere with high concentrations of ozone gas...

November 20, 2017

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Heavenly Palace space station expected to fall back to Earth early 2018

China's first prototype space station, named Tiangong-1 (Chinese for "Heavenly Palace 1"), is expected to reenter the Earth's atmosphere sometime between January and March 2018 following the end of its operational life, during which most of the...

November 13, 2017

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Hubble sees nearby asteroids photobombing distant galaxies

Some of our solar system's asteroids have photobombed deep images of the universe taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. These asteroids reside, on average, only about 99.4 million km (160 million miles) from Earth — right around the corner in...

November 05, 2017