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JPL scientists say high-altitude balloons may be used to study Venus

PASADENA — Researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech said today they want to further test the use of high-altitude balloons — like two used in California after a series of earthquakes about two years ago — to determine if they could be utilized to study seismic activity on Venus. Instruments attached to one of two “heliotrope” balloons detected a low-frequency acoustic vibration wash over it as a result of a 4.2-magnitude aftershock in July 2019, with scientists subsequently ...
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The Hubble Telescope's payload computer is down. NASA has spent days trying to fix it.

The Hubble Telescope's payload computer halted this month and NASA scientists have spent nearly a week trying to fix it.       [Author: USA TODAY]
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NASA has now tried and failed to fix the Hubble Space Telescope 3 times. It's been offline for a week.

The Hubble Space Telescope hovers at the boundary of Earth and space in this picture, taken after Hubble's second servicing mission in 1997. NASA The computer that controls the Hubble Space Telescope's science instruments suddenly halted on June 13. NASA has tried and failed to fix Hubble's computer issue three times. NASA engineers haven't pinpointed the cause of the problem yet, but Hubble has a backup computer. See more stories on Insider's business page. NASA is wor...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Computer, Software, Hubble, Astronauts, Orbit, James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Pluto, Telescopes, Tech Insider, Teplitz


Unexpected Minor Planet to Visit the Inner Solar System Soon

Well, this is cool: a recently discovered minor planet estimated to be between 62 and 230 miles across is currently journeying through our solar system and sometime in 2031 will be almost as close to the Sun as Saturn. And it turns out, astronomers are about to witness the closest pass of this incredible round trip. Currently, 2014 UN271 is about 22 Astronomical Units (AU) from the Sun (for reference, Earth is 1 AU from the Sun). That means it’s already closer than Neptune, at 29.7 AU. And it’s...
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NASA and DLR study shows SAF produces up to 70% fewer ice crystal contrails

In Washington, cleaner-burning jet fuels made from sustainable sources can produce 50%-70% fewer ice crystal contrails at cruising altitude, reducing aviation’s impact on the environment, according to research conducted by NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Ice crystal contrail formations can linger in the upper atmosphere for hours and affect the way Earth is heated and cooled. They produce localized increases in temperature – which over time impacts climate change. By using alternativ...
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NASA Sends Squid From Hawaii Into Space for Research

Dozens of baby squid from Hawaii are in space for study.
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NASA is sending a mannequin to space. Here's how you can help name it.

A mannequin is set to board the Orion spacecraft to gather information. NASA is taking a vote from the public on what to name the mannequin.       [Author: USA TODAY]
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Hubble Space Telescope sails serenely on in safe mode after efforts to switch to backup memory modules fail

Have you tried turning it off and on again? The Hubble Space Telescope has continued to resist efforts by NASA last week to bring its payload computer back online.…
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ISS Astronauts Complete First Roll-Out Solar Array Installation During 6+ Hour Spacewalk

NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet concluded their spacewalk at 2:10 p.m. EDT,...
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Our sun is the star of this awesome set of new stamps

Gorgeous images of the sun captured by NASA’s space-based Solar Dynamics Observatory have been issued as postage stamps by the U.S. Postal Service.
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Watch NASA unfurl a huge solar array at the space station

Watch astronauts from the U.S. and France unfurl a new solar array during a spacewalk at the International Space Station on Sunday, June 20.
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Earth emerges from shadow in Nasa time lapse of astronauts installing solar panels

French and American astronauts have completed a six-hour spacewalk as they installed new solar panels to boost power supplies to the...
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WATCH: Astronauts install new solar panels during 6-hour spacewalk

NASA astronauts conducted their second spacewalk in the past week to install new solar arrays.
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Astronauts install new solar panels in 6-hour spacewalk on International Space Station

NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet conducted a spacewalk Sunday -- their second in the past week -- to install new solar arrays that will provide a power boost to the space station.
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Will Jeff Bezos be an astronaut when he travels into space on a Blue Origin flight? It's complicated, because experts say there's still a debate about where space begins.

Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos, who will probably be an astronaut. Blue Origin said founder Jeff Bezos will earn his "astronaut wings" in July. He'll cross the Kármán Line, the imaginary boundary into space. But academics and other experts said there isn't yet a true consensus on where space begins. See more stories on Insider's business page. Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos in July will blast off, ushering in a new era of private space travel, and raising questions about who g...
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CuriosityStream is a treasure trove of fascinating documentaries and series, now at 20% off

TLDR: CuriosityStream is a streaming service with thousands of HD documentaries, series, and original programming to help viewers explore interests sure to entertain, enlighten and inspire. Is it really any wonder why NASA decided to christen its rambunctious rover now dune-buggying over the rocky terrain of Mars as Curiosity? After all, man’s need to understand that which hasn’t been understood before is why NASA and countless other organizations and expeditions were launched in the first place...
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NASA Struggles to Fix Failure of Hubble Space Telescope's 1980s Computer

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into low-earth orbit in 1990 with an even older computer. Over the next 13 years it received upgrades and repairs from astronauts on five different visits from America's Space Shuttle. But now in 2021, "NASA continues to work on resolving an issue with the payload computer on the Hubble Space Telescope," reports SciTechDaily — though "The telescope itself and science instruments remain in good health." The operations team will be running tests and colle...
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NASA is keeping a watchful eye on Jeff Bezos and other billionaires competing in the space race, according to the agency's chief

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson. Patrick Pleul/Getty Images; Alex Wong/Getty Images; Hollis Johnson/Insider NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said he is keeping an eye on Jeff Bezos' space plans. Space won't be the Wild West for billionaires, Nelson suggested in a FoxBusiness interview. His message addresses a rise in commercial space travel fuelled by the ultra-wealthy. See more stories on Insider's business page. It's only weeks until Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos blasts off...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Branson, Nelson, Blue Origin


Protecting space stations from deadly space debris

NASA estimates that more than 500,000 pieces of space trash larger than a marble are currently in orbit. Estimates exceed 128 million pieces when factoring in smaller pieces from collisions. At 17,500 MPH, even a paint chip can cause serious damage.To prevent this untrackable space debris from taking out satellites and putting astronauts in danger, scientists have been working on ways to retrieve large objects before they collide and create more problems.The team at Clearspace, in collaborat...
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Stargazers get Nasa recognition for Crescent Nebula photo

An astronomy fan from Gloucestershire teams up with fellow fans to produce a photo of a nebula.
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A second space rock hit Earth after the one that doomed the dinosaurs - a nail in the coffin of the mass extinction

An artist's depiction of the moment the Chicxulub asteroid struck in present-day Mexico 66 million years ago. Chase Stone One space rock hit Mexico 66 million years ago, causing a mass extinction that doomed the dinosaurs. A study suggests another asteroid struck Ukraine 650,000 years later, possibly warming the climate. These back-to-back impacts may have delayed Earth's recovery from the mass extinction. See more stories on Insider's business page. About 66 million years ago,...
Tags: Science, News, Montana, Mexico, Trends, Research, Ukraine, Nasa, Earth, Dinosaurs, Asteroid, North America, Yucatan Peninsula, Fahrenheit, University of Glasgow, Pickersgill


New stamps celebrate a decade of watching the sun from space

The US Postal Service has issued a set of stamps to celebrate a decade of watching the sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, according to NASA. The Sun Science stamps draw attention to the different views of the sun as seen from the SDO.
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Earth tipped over on its side 84 million years ago and then righted itself, new study finds

A photo of Earth taken by NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC). Reuters/NASA Earth tipped over on its side and back between 79 million and 86 million years ago, a study shows. The planet tilted by 12 degrees - which would've moved New York City to where Florida is right now. Earth's crust can shift like this depending on how weight is distributed across planet's surface. See more stories on Insider's business page. If you'd been able to stare at Earth f...
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Earth is Trapping 'Unprecedented' Amount of Heat, NASA Says

The Earth is trapping nearly twice as much heat as it did in 2005, according to new research, described as an "unprecedented" increase amid the climate crisis. From a report: Scientists from NASA, the US space agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa), reported in a new study that Earth's "energy imbalance approximately doubled" from 2005 to 2019. The increase was described as "alarming." "Energy imbalance" refers to the difference between how much of the Sun's "radi...
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Why Venus Is Soon to Be the Most Exciting Place in the Solar System

It’s hot. It’s toxic. It spins backwards and is covered in volcanoes. And we’re headed there soon. Three Venus missions, recently announced by NASA and the European Space Agency, are going to reveal more than we’ve ever known about the scorcher of a planet, a place that many scientists describe as Earth’s evil twin. Read more...
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Nasa warned the Earth is trapping twice as much heat as in 2005 - a pace that's 'unprecedented'

The Earth and the sun. NASA/Reuters NASA researchers warned the Earth is trapping heat at a rate so much higher it's "unprecedented." The amount of heat being trapped by Earth has roughly doubled since 2005, the study found. The NASA and NOAA study pointed to human activity and changes in the oceans. See more stories on Insider's business page. The amount of heat being trapped by Earth has roughly doubled since 2005, NASA warned.Researchers from NASA and the National Oceanic and At...
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NASA 360 video puts you directly beneath its SLS ‘megarocket’

NASA has posted a 360-degree video of its awesome SLS rocket that could be on its way to the moon by the end of this year.
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NASA 360-degree video puts you directly beneath its SLS ‘megarocket’

NASA has posted a 360-degree video of its awesome SLS rocket that could be on its way to the moon by the end of this year.
Tags: Space, News, Trends, Nasa, Rockets, 360 Video, SLS, Sls Rocket, Moon Rocket