Satellites and space missions

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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

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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

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Return of the Comet: 96P spotted by ESA, NASA satellites

The ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA mission SOHO — short for Solar and Heliospheric Observatory — got a visit from an old friend this week when comet 96P entered its field of view on October 25, 2017. The comet entered the lower right corner of...

November 04, 2017

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'Monster' planet discovery challenges formation theory

A giant planet - the existence of which was previously thought extremely unlikely - has been discovered by an international collaboration of astronomers, with the University of Warwick taking a leading role. New research, led by Dr. Daniel Bayliss and Professor...

November 01, 2017

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Spitzer reveals ancient galaxies' frenzied starmaking

A deep look back to the early universe by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed a surprisingly rowdy bunch of galaxies. Within a large galaxy sample, Spitzer witnessed around 15% of galaxies undergoing bouts of extreme starmaking, called starbursts. The...

October 31, 2017

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Jets of ionospheric cold plasma discovered at the magnetopause

The Sun and Earth both produce powerful magnetic fields, and their intersection develops a complex system of physics that determines the space weather experienced by our planet. The solar wind - a constant stream of charged particles (plasma) emitted from the Sun -...

October 28, 2017

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Sentinel-1 sees through hurricanes, helping predict their paths

This year’s Atlantic hurricane season has been a harsh reminder of the grief and devastation brought by these vast storms. Imaging the top of hurricanes from space is nothing new, but the Sentinel-1 satellites can see right through these towering spinning...

October 28, 2017

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OSIRIS-REx slingshots past Earth toward Asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx, NASA’s asteroid sample return spacecraft successfully used Earth’s gravity on Friday, September 22, 2017 to slingshot itself on a path toward the Asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next August. The spacecraft came within 17 237 km (10 711...

September 24, 2017

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Jupiter's auroras present a powerful mystery

Scientists on NASA's Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful auroras - only not in ways the researchers expected. Examining data collected by the...

September 15, 2017