Hubble Peers at Galactic Cherry Blossoms

July 12, 2019 From NASA The galaxy NGC 1156 resembles a delicate cherry blossom tree flowering in springtime in this Hubble image. The many bright “blooms” within the galaxy are in fact stellar nurseries — regions where new stars are springing to life. Energetic light emitted by newborn stars in these regions streams outwards and…

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From NASA July 8, 2019 A New Plan for Keeping NASA’s Oldest Explorers Going This artist’s concept depicts one of NASA’s Voyager spacecraft, including the location of the cosmic ray subsystem (CRS) instrument. Both Voyagers launched with operating CRS instruments. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech Unannotated version With careful planning and dashes of creativity, engineers have been able…

Mars 2020 Rover Gets a Super Instrument

From NASA Larger view Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have installed the SuperCam Mast Unit onto the Mars 2020 rover. The instrument’s camera, laser and spectrometers can identify the chemical and mineral makeup of targets as small as a pencil point from a distance of more than 20 feet (6 meters).…

Successful Orion Test Brings NASA Closer to Moon, Mars Missions

From NASA July 2, 2019 RELEASE 19-054 Ascent Abort-2 successfully launched at 7 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida Credits: NASA NASA successfully demonstrated Tuesday the Orion spacecraft’s launch abort system can outrun a speeding rocket and pull astronauts to safety during an emergency during launch.…

NASA Selects Missions to Study Our Sun, Its Effects on Space Weather

From NASA June 20, 2019 RELEASE 19-047 https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/thumbnails/image/solarwind.png NASA has selected two new missions to advance our understanding of the Sun and its dynamic effects on space. One of the selected missions will study how the Sun drives particles and energy into the solar system and a second will study Earth’s response. The Sun generates…

50 Years Ago: One Month til Apollo 11 Liftoff

From NASA June 17, 2019 50 Years Ago: One Month til Apollo 11 Liftoff The achievement of President John F. Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth was just one month away. Between May 18 and 26, 1969, Apollo 10 astronauts Thomas P. Stafford, Eugene A.…

Venus at Sunrise From the Space Station

From NASA image of the day. June 7, 2019 Venus at Sunrise From the Space Station From the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Christina Koch (@AstroChristina) snapped and posted this image of the planet Venus at sunrise. The blue glow of Earth’s atmosphere shimmers as the station orbits our planet. Image Credit: NASA Last Updated:…

The Nuclear Space Race Has Begun: NASA Receives Budget to Research Nuclear Rockets

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Following Russia’s announcement of their successful ten year programme to build a civilian nuclear powered launch vehicle, President Trump’s administration has directed NASA to restart US research into nuclear powered launch technology. Momentum Grows for Nuclear Thermal Space Propulsion By Jeff Foust a day ago PASADENA, Calif. — With congressional funding and…