NASA Goes Woke: Bye Bye ‘Eskimo Nebula’ & ‘Siamese Twins Galaxy’

“It has become clear that certain cosmic nicknames are not only insensitive but can be actively harmful. NASA is examining its use of unofficial terminology for cosmic objects as part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion….The Agency will be working with diversity, inclusion, and equity experts in the astronomical and physical sciences to provide guidance and recommendations for other nicknames and terms for review.”

July 4, 1997: Sojourner Arrives on the Red Planet

Hitching a ride on the Mars Pathfinder mission, the Sojourner rover arrived at the Red Planet on July 4, 1997. The mission was designed to demonstrate a low-cost method for delivering a set of science instruments to Mars, and served as the foundation for the Mars rovers of today.

NASA’s TESS Delivers New Insights Into an Ultrahot World

“The weirdness factor is high with KELT-9 b,” said John Ahlers, an astronomer at Universities Space Research Association in Columbia, Maryland, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “It’s a giant planet in a very close, nearly polar orbit around a rapidly rotating star, and these features complicate our ability to understand the star and its effects on the planet.”

Alien Solar

NASA is Funding a Search for Alien Civilisations Powered by Solar Cells

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Maybe someone out there has solved the problem of renewable energy intermittency. With intelligent life in scant supply on Earth, boffins search for technosignatures of civilizations in the galaxy Pollution, sprawling cities of megastructures, any sign aliens are screwing up just like us… MON 22 JUN 2020 // 07:52 UTC Astronomers are on the hunt for…

Updates to Coverage of Landmark NASA SpaceX Commercial Crew Test Flight

From NASA NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley (left) and Robert Behnken (right) participate in a dress rehearsal for launch at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 23, 2020, ahead of NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station. Demo-2 will serve as an end-to-end flight test of SpaceX’s crew transportation system, providing…

Excitement, Emotion Abound on Eve of Historic Demo-2 Mission

From NASA Anticipation continues to build at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida just one day before the scheduled launch of the agency’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft will carry two American NASA astronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, to the International Space Station for the agency’s Commercial…

NASA astronaut Jessica Watkin

Jessica Watkins: First Geologist on Mars?

Guest “what a journey that would be” by David Middleton Hat tip to Mrs. Middleton… NEWS Q&A 19 MAY 2020The first footprints on Mars could belong to this geologistNASA astronaut Jessica Watkins is at the forefront of a new crop of space explorers destined for the Moon, and maybe one day, Mars.Alexandra Witze Jessica Watkins…