Category Archives: Space

OCO: I can see your house emitting CO2 from here

From NASA JPL and the department of future CO2 emissions ticketing: OCO-2 Data to Lead Scientists Forward into the Past NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, which launched on July 2, will soon be providing about 100,000 high-quality measurements each day of … Continue reading

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‘Goldilocks zone’ exoplanets would not be habitable without an ocean

UEA: Oceans moderate the climate Story submitted by Eric Worrall h/t The Register – University of East Anglia researchers have challenged the view that any planet in the Goldilocks zone (the right distance from a star so water is likely … Continue reading

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Breaking news on the ISEE-3 mission: it may not be lost – it’s those “O” rings again

A few days ago, my heart sank when I heard this news: Space Probe Might Lack Nitrogen to Push It Home It seemed a deal-killer if the nitrogen tanks were empty. Now, one of the team leaders has given me … Continue reading

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ISEE-3 Update: Trajectory Correction Maneuver

Dennis Wingo writes: As many of you know, last week we fired the thrusters on ISEE-3 to do a spin-up burn. Before the burn (actually 11 pulses on the spacecraft’s hydrazine thrusters) the spin rate of ISEE-3 was 19.16 rpm. … Continue reading

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Carbon counting satellite finally makes it into orbit

The previous mission failed to make orbit, crashed into ocean. A Delta II rocket blazed off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California early Wednesday morning to begin a landmark mission to survey carbon dioxide gas in … Continue reading

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Update on the ‘zombie’ ISEE-3 spacecraft

Watching my local news last night, I noted an interview with Dennis Wingo that was labeled Zombie Spacecraft Rescue Planned by Private Group. It seemed an apropos title so I’m going with it – Anthony ISEE-3 Reboot Update, Ranging The Spacecraft Guest essay … Continue reading

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NASA wants to lasso an asteroid

PASADENA (JPL) – NASA is on the hunt for an asteroid to capture with a robotic spacecraft, redirect to a stable orbit around the moon, and send astronauts to study in the 2020s — all on the agency’s human Path … Continue reading

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NASA to attempt launching another ‘carbon observatory’ – the last one burned up

WUWT readers may recall that back in 2009, we reported on the first attempt: Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite burns up Now they are trying again. From NASA JPL: NASA’s first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere is … Continue reading

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When worlds collide – study says our moon was formed by a collision with planet-sized body

From the European Association of Geochemistry New isotopic evidence supporting moon formation via Earth collision with planet-sized body A new series of measurements of oxygen isotopes provides increasing evidence that the Moon formed from the collision of the Earth with … Continue reading

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ISEE-3 Reboot Project Update: We Have Telemetry Data and an Engine Firing Date

If we can maneuver the spacecraft by June 17th we get the very small delta V number for the maneuver above. However, this starts to climb rapidly as the spacecraft gets closer to the moon. Also we cannot at this time rule … Continue reading

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Citizen astronomers and engineers get control of an old satellite from 1978

Success! We Are Now In Command of the ISEE-3 Spacecraft Thanks to the many WUWT readers that contributed to make this a success! These guys didn’t disappoint. They pulled it off against the odds. Congratulations to them. There’s a great … Continue reading

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NASA Signs Agreement with Citizen Scientists Attempting to Communicate with Old Spacecraft

Readers may recall The International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE-3) Reboot Project, Bringing an Old Bird Back to the Earth, and Back to Life. Congratulations to Dennis Wingo and the ISEE-3 team on successfully navigating the government bureaucracy, a far more difficult … Continue reading

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Somehow, I’m sure somebody will figure out a way to blame ‘climate change’ for this

From the European Space Agency: Jupiter’s trademark Great Red Spot — a swirling storm feature larger than Earth — is shrinking. This downsizing, which is changing the shape of the spot from an oval into a circle, has been known … Continue reading

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Update: ISEE-3 Reboot Project: Aiming for First Contact

Guest essay by Dennis Wingo Today’s update regards the progress of the ISEE-3 Reboot Project team in our preparations to contact the spacecraft.  We started this effort 34 days ago on on April 12 2014.  Below is what we have … Continue reading

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The International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE-3) Reboot Project, Bringing an Old Bird Back to the Earth, and Back to Life

Citizen backed space science attempts to do the near impossible Guest essay by Dennis Wingo Life isn’t fair. So many times in my life I start to do something and end up going in a completely different direction. I do … Continue reading

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Tilted planets may actually have more life favorable climate

Odd Tilts Could Make More Worlds Habitable Pivoting planets that lean one way and then change orientation within a short geological time period might be surprisingly habitable, according to new modeling by NASA and university scientists affiliated with the NASA … Continue reading

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Drought tracking by satellite

From the University of Cincinnati: UC Geographers Develop a System to Track the Dynamics of Drought Detecting drought before it causes more catastrophe: the news could go down like a cool drink of water for regions feeling the heat. UC … Continue reading

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Stunning new first images available from NASA-JAXA Global Rain and Snowfall Satellite

Remote sensing of weather just got a lot more detailed and interesting NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have released the first images captured by their newest Earth-observing satellite, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, which launched … Continue reading

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NASA’s IBEX Helps Paint Picture of the Magnetic System Beyond the Solar Wind

IBEX research shows influence of galactic magnetic field extends well beyond our solar system Understanding the region of interstellar space through which the solar system travels is no easy task. Interstellar space begins beyond the heliosphere, the bubble of charged … Continue reading

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It’s dead, Jim: China’s lunar rover fails to reconnect with Earth

UPDATE2: Return of the Jade Rabbit: China’s moon rover back in action BEIJING — China’s Jade Rabbit lunar rover, feared to have suffered some irreparable technical difficulties, may yet have some spring in its step. Link UPDATE: It may have … Continue reading

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Flowing Water on Mars Appears Likely But Hard to Prove

From Georgia Tech: Studies examine puzzling summertime streaks Martian experts have known since 2011 that mysterious, possibly water-related streaks appear and disappear on the planet’s surface. Georgia Institute of Technology Ph.D. candidate Lujendra Ojha discovered them while an undergraduate at … Continue reading

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Stunning photo: Earth, as seen from Mars

This was just released today by NASA. It is quite a humbling image from the Mars rover Curiosity, though it’s not quite the same impact as the Blue Marble image from Apollo 8, but historically significant nonetheless.

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Friday Funny: If you thought Mann’s lawsuit was ridiculous, take a look at this one

Remember this before and after picture in the news recently from NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity? Well, it appears there’s a conspiracy theory under every rock, more fodder for Lewandowsky and Cook I suppose.

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From the Apollo 8, forty five years ago: “God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth”

While ISS astronauts do a spacewalk this Christmas eve, I thought that this would be the best tribute I could make for them, and for all of my readers, contributors, and moderators. Audio and some stunning new video follow. On … Continue reading

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From AGU: comet ISON’s struggle of Fire and Ice

San Francisco – After a year of observations, scientists waited with bated breath on Nov. 28, 2013, as Comet ISON made its closest approach to the sun, known as perihelion. Would the comet disintegrate in the fierce heat and gravity … Continue reading

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Private launch of geostationary satellite a ‘game-changer’

NASA no longer has a monopoly on US geosynchronous orbit launches More pictures follow. From Space.com: The private spaceflight company SpaceX launched a critical commercial satellite mission from Florida Tuesday after two delays due to technical glitches.

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Comet ISON appears to be toast – goes “poof” in video, then comes back to life

Note: See updates below for the ISON ISOFF ISON nature of this comet that has everybody guessing. Picture at right also updated to reflect the new “zombie” status of this comet. Looks like ISON has disintegrated during its turn around … Continue reading

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Watch live updates on comet ISON

Way cool interactive website shows what is going on in real time…

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Spectacular video: Comet ISON imaged from a Langrange point in space

NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, is monitoring Comet ISON as it approaches the sun. NASA’s twin Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft are parked in Langrange zones, known as the L4 and L5 Lagrangian points, each centered about … Continue reading

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New Primary GOES-R instrument will provide even better satellite imagery than Gore’s old ‘Triana’ satellite idea

Imager will provide greater detail to forecasters – video follows A key instrument that will fly on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R (GOES-R) spacecraft, NOAA’s next-generation of geostationary satellites, is cleared for installation on the spacecraft. The Advanced … Continue reading

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Godspeed Scott Carpenter

Last week, astronaut Scott Carpenter died at the age of 88, and while I was thinking of a suitable way to honor the man, much as I did for Neil Armstrong, I was also in the midst of many distractions … Continue reading

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The sun is about to have a flipping magnetic field reversal

We’ve been watching the progress on the WUWT solar reference page in this plot from Dr. Leif Svalgaard: Solar Polar Fields – Mt. Wilson and Wilcox Combined -1966 to Present Leif Svalgaard – Click the pic to view at source … Continue reading

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Ride the Space Shuttle into space, on the outside of the booster no less

If you are a space enthusiast, this is well worth 400 seconds of your time for the unique perspective it offers…like strapping a HERO Go Pro camera to a booster and getting it back.

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The Day the Earth Smiled – stunning photo from Saturn by Cassini spacecraft

From NASA: In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame. It is only one footprint in a … Continue reading

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One mystery of the Martian atmosphere solved

From the University of Michigan How Mars’ atmosphere got so thin: New insights from Curiosity ANN ARBOR—New findings from NASA’s Curiosity rover provide clues to how Mars lost its original atmosphere, which scientists believe was much thicker than the one … Continue reading

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