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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

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Hayabusa2 spacecraft deploys its last rover to asteroid Ryugu

JAXA's Hayabusa2 spacecraft has released MINERVA-II2 with its last rover toward asteroid Ryugu on Thursday, October 3, 2019. The rover is expected to land by October 8 as part of its final mission before returning to Earth, according to Japan Aerospace...

October 06, 2019

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Elon Musk unveils SpaceX Starship prototype, reusable transportation system capable of carrying humans anywhere in the solar system

Elon Musk, CEO and Founder of SpaceX Starship, presented the fully-assembled Starship Mk.1 prototype on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Musk gave glimpses and updates on the latest design of Starship. The date also marks the 17th anniversary of SpaceX. SpaceX Starship...

October 02, 2019

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NASA developing new asteroid-hunting space telescope

NASA announced on Monday, September 23, 2019, their plans to develop and launch an asteroid-hunting space telescope as early as 2024. The project called Near-Earth Object (NEO) Surveillance Mission lets scientists determine potential hazards to Earth by detecting...

September 29, 2019

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PhiSat - First Earth observation satellite with artificial intelligence soon to launch

The first Earth observation satellite with artificial intelligence is set to launch a few months from now, according to the European Space Agency (ESA) on September 12, 2019. The idea was proposed by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Spain and won the...

September 14, 2019

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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