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NASA Captures Spooky Photo of the Moon's Shadow on Earth During an Eclipse

Earthlings were privy to an exciting astronomical event last month: an annular solar eclipse, which cast a lunar shadow across the Arctic Circle. Today NASA shared an image of that shadow, taken by the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) aboard NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory nearly a million miles from…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Environment, Time, Nasa, Noaa, Solar Eclipse, Spacecraft, Eclipse, Eclipses, Deep Space Climate Observatory, Technology Internet, Solar Eclipse Of January 15, Adam Szabo, Solar Eclipse Of September 13, Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera EPIC


Russia Averts Possible Disaster as New Space Station Module Finally Reaches Proper Orbit

Russia’s new space station module, dubbed Nauka, is currently en route to the ISS, but the spacecraft initially failed to complete its first orbit-raising burn, leading to concerns that it might not complete the trip. Thankfully, the Nauka team on Earth was able to perform a course correction, and the module is now in…Read more...
Tags: Science, Russia, Earth, International Space Station, Iss, Spaceflight, Roscosmos, Spacecraft, Outer Space, Jonathan McDowell, Zvezda, PIRS, in Russia, Nauka, In Spaceflight, Docking And Berthing Of Spacecraft


Watch Live as Russia Launches Its New ISS Module and Europe’s Robotic Arm

On Wednesday morning, Russia will attempt to launch a Proton-M rocket to the International Space Station. The purpose of the mission is to deliver Russia’s new “Nauka” module to the ISS, along with a sleek new robotic arm built by a European consortium. You can watch the action live right here.Read more...
Tags: Europe, Science, Russia, International Space Station, European Space Agency, Iss, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Proton, Outer Space, Thomas Pesquet, Samantha Cristoforetti, Zvezda, PIRS, Matthias Maurer, Nauka


A Super-Pressure Balloon Will Keep This Telescope in the Air for Weeks

A unique telescope is set to launch from New Zealand in April 2022, designed to survey the gravitational lensing that occurs when galactic clusters collide. The instrument, called SuperBIT, will be suspended by a stadium-sized helium balloon in Earth’s stratosphere.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Earth, Hubble, New Zealand, Spaceflight, James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Spacecraft, Euclid, Goddard Space Flight Center, Richard Massey, Space Telescopes, Technology Internet, Physical Cosmology, Infrared Telescopes


Hubble Space Telescope Is Back

NASA was able to bring Hubble Space Telescope’s backup payload computer online, according to a Twitter post from the telescope’s social media team. The announcement will bring a sigh of relief to space lovers, following a month of anxiety over whether the aging technology could be resuscitated at all after it slipped…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Hubble, Spaceflight, James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Spacecraft, Edwin Hubble, Space Science, Lockheed Corporation, Space Telescopes, Technology Internet, Sts 125, Great Observatories Program


Blue Origin’s final passenger for its first human spaceflight will be 18-year-old Oliver Daemen

The mystery of who will occupy the final seat on Blue Origin’s debut human spaceflight next week is a mystery no longer: The company revealed today that the winning bidder who forked over $28 million for the privilege is actually going to fly on a later mission, and instead the final seat on the debut flight will go to Oliver Daeman, an 18-year-old high school graduate bound for the University of Utrecht. He’ll be the youngest person to travel to space, which means this launch will include both ...
Tags: TC, Space, Tech, Space Tourism, Jeff Bezos, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Blue Origin, Bezos, Outer Space, New Shepard, Jeff Bezos Blue Origin, Human Spaceflight, University of Utrecht, Wally Funk, Oliver Daemen


NASA Identifies ‘Possible Cause’ of Hubble Glitch

The Hubble recovery team thinks it’s finally tracked down a problem that’s kept the space telescope out of commission for over a month.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Hubble, Spaceflight, James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Spacecraft, Edwin Hubble, Space Science, Lockheed Corporation, Space Telescopes, Technology Internet, Sts 125, Great Observatories Program


NASA’S Lucy Spacecraft Will Carry a Time Capsule for Future Earthlings

NASA engineers installed a time capsule on the Lucy spacecraft late last week, intended for future astro-archaeologists to retrieve and interpret. The time capsule is a plaque that includes messages from Nobel Laureates and musicians, among others, as well as a depiction of the solar system’s configuration on October…Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Nasa, Queen, Jupiter, Spaceflight, Orhan Pamuk, Martin Luther King Jr, Jupiter trojans, Lucy, Carl Sagan, Spacecraft, Veritas, Planetary Science, Brian May, Louise Glück


An Inspector Gadget-Like Robotic Arm Is Headed to the International Space Station

The European Space Agency is finally ready to deliver its new robotic arm to the International Space Station. The 37-foot-long arm features an array of impressive features, including the ability to work autonomously and “walk” across the exterior of the orbital outpost.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, International Space Station, European Space Agency, Airbus, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Kibo, June, Airbus Defence, Outer Space, Nauka, Technology Internet, In Spaceflight, Robotic Manipulators, European Robotic Arm


Ingenuity Helicopter Takes an Ambitious Shortcut on Mars in Record-Breaking Ninth Flight

The Ingenuity helicopter has stuck the landing of its most difficult flight yet, the craft’s ninth. The helicopter took a high-speed sojourn over rough terrain.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, United States, Mars, Spaceflight, Life on Mars, Spacecraft, Grip, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Perseverance, Ingenuity, Mars rovers, Bob Balaram, Havard Grip, Exploration Of Mars, Tianwen 1


See the ExoMars Parachute Deploy From 18 Miles Up

A dummy ascended to stratospheric heights last week, as part of the European Space Agency’s ongoing preparation for its ExoMars mission, set to launch next year. The structural integrity (and reputation) of the dummy’s parachutes were on the line, and the above clip shows they passed the test.Read more...
Tags: Science, Flight, European Space Agency, Spaceflight, Parachute, ExoMars, Roscosmos, Spacecraft, Rosalind Franklin, Drop Test, Aerospace Engineering, Parachuting, In Spaceflight, Thierry Blancquaert, Pilot Chute


SpaceX plans to use its Starlink internet on Starship orbital launch to demonstrate connection quality

SpaceX’s upcoming Starship orbital test flight could end up being a veritable smorgasbord of its technological capabilities, as the company has filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to request approval to fly Starlink terminals on the spacecraft in order to “demonstrate high data rate communications” between the new launch system and the ground throughout the course of the trip to space and back. SpaceX plans to show that its network of Starlink low-Earth orbit satellites can pr...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Fcc, Tech, Broadband, Satellite, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Starship, Gwynne Shotwell, StarLink, Michael Baylor


China’s Zhurong Rover Captures Remarkable Sights and Sounds on Mars

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has released new footage of the ongoing Tianwen-1 mission, which includes sounds of the rover in action.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Environment, United States, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Perseverance, Ingenuity, Mars rovers, China National Space Administration CNSA, Liu Jizhong, In China, Discovery And Exploration Of The Solar System, Tianwen 1


SpaceX aiming for first orbital test launch of Starship in July

SpaceX is hoping to attempt to fly its in-development spacecraft Starship to orbit for the first time in July, according to company president Gwynne Shotwell. Shotwell shared the timeline at the International Space Development conference during a virtual speaking engagement. Starship has been in development for the past several years, and it has been making shorter test flights, but remaining within Earth’s atmosphere, since last year. Its most recent flight also included its first fully success...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Texas, Tech, Earth, Hawaii, Faa, Spaceflight, Pacific Ocean, Spacecraft, Federal Aviation Administration, Falcon, Brownsville, Outer Space, Federal Aviation Administration FAA


NASA's InSight Mars lander might die by April if it doesn't get a significant energy boost

An illustration of NASA's Mars InSight lander. NASA-JPL Caltech The InSight lander on Mars might not survive past April, a project lead told a NASA group on Monday. InSight's solar panels are covered in dust and the robot is about to hibernate to save power. The team leader says the mission will "likely" end as energy declines in spring, SpaceNews reported. See more stories on Insider's business page. NASA's InSight lander may not survive another year on Mars.The $800 milli...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Insight, Space Exploration, Mars, Spacecraft, Foust, NASA JPL Caltech, Bruce Banerdt, Tech Insider, Jeff Foust, Spacenews, Elysium Planitia, Martian plains


NASA Is Struggling to Identify Source of Hubble Space Telescope Computer Glitch

A glitching 1980s-era computer is causing headaches for a NASA operations team struggling to bring the Hubble Space Telescope back online. Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Hubble, Spaceflight, James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Space Shuttle, Spacecraft, Paul Hertz, Edwin Hubble, Lockheed Corporation, Technology Internet, Science And Technology In The United States, Sts 125, Great Observatories Program, Payload Computer


Orbion, manufacturer of in-space plasma propulsion systems, raises $20M Series B

Electric propulsion developer Orbion Space Technology has raised $20 million in a Series B funding round, which it says it will use to scale production capacity of its Aurora propulsion system. The Michigan-based startup manufactures Hall effect plasma thrusters for use in small and cube satellites. Thrusters are used throughout the lifespan of a satellite (or any object in space that needs to maintain its orbit, like the space station) to adjust orbital altitude, avoid collisions, and de-orbit ...
Tags: Startups, Space, US, Tech, Satellites, Michigan, King, Spacecraft, Plasma Physics, Aurora, U S Department of Defense, Outer Space, Brad King, Cubesats, Inventus Capital Partners, StarLink


Max Q — China’s space station gets a staff

Max Q is a weekly newsletter from TechCrunch all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Mondays in your inbox. This week, China started staffing up its own space station, and Rocket Lab got the nod from NASA to develop small satellites for the purposes of exploring Mars. Meanwhile, space startups continue to raise money and it doesn’t look like the pace of that is going to slow much heading into summer. China delivers 3 astronauts to its space station Image Credits: China News Ser...
Tags: TC, Space, China, US, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Flight, International Space Station, Agriculture, European Space Agency, Space Exploration, Wildfire, Mars, Astronaut, Iss


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...
Tags: Science, Environment, Nasa, Earth, European Space Agency, Venus, Spacecraft, Veritas, Magellan, Envision, Paul Byrne, DaVinci, Katie Cooper, Space Science, David Grinspoon, Hannah Wakeford


Aging Hubble Space Telescope in Safe Mode Following Computer Glitch

A critically important computer aboard Hubble has glitched out, causing the space telescope to enter into safe mode. An operations team is now scrambling to resolve the issue.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Hubble, Spaceflight, James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Spacecraft, Goddard Space Flight Center, Edwin Hubble, Space Science, Space Telescope, Lockheed Corporation, Space Telescopes, Safe Mode, Technology Internet, Great Observatories Program


NASA’s ‘Moonikin’ Will Boldly Go Where No Test Dummy Has Gone Before

Should all go according to plan, NASA’s new Space Launch System megarocket will finally leave Earth this November, in a journey that will take an Orion capsule to the Moon and back. No human will fly on this inaugural Artemis mission, but a soon-to-be-named manakin will make the trip along with a pair of simulated…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Orion, Lockheed Martin, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Monty, Outer Space, Helga, Apollo Program, Zohar, Space Launch System, Ii, Drop Test, Mark Baldwin


China Set to Launch First Crew to Its New Space Station

China’s first crewed mission to its new space station is scheduled to blast off tomorrow morning from a launchpad at the Jiuquan Space Launch Center in the Gobi Desert. The mission will be China’s longest crewed mission to date.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Environment, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Outer Space, Human Spaceflight, In China, In Spaceflight, Tiangong Program, Ji Qiming, Liu Boming, Long March 2f, Shenzhou Program, Tianhe Core Module, Space Program Of The Peoples Republic Of China


The Last Images From Doomed Space Probes

To all the space probes we’ve loved before: sorry! You fell into Saturn, drifted into deep space, suffocated in Martian dust—all for the greater good of science. Today, we’re memorializing the space explorers that met dramatic endings far, far from Earth.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Environment, Saturn, Spaceflight, Titan, Venera, Venus, Carl Sagan, Spacecraft, Martian, Cassini, Huygens, Christiaan Huygens, Space Science, Oppy


Rocket Lab to design two orbital spacecraft for NASA to study Mars

Rocket Lab is developing two spacecraft based on its Photon platform to orbit Mars, studying the planet’s magnetosphere in order to gain a better understanding of the ways in which Mars’ climate has changed over time. The science mission was awarded through NASA’s Small Innovative Missions for Planetary Exploration (SIMPLEx) program, and will fly to Mars in 2024, aboard a yet-to-be-identified commercial lunch vehicle contracted by NASA as a rideshare rocket. This is a noteworthy development for ...
Tags: TC, Space, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Space Exploration, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Outer Space, Curie, Rocket Lab, Photon, Rocket Lab s Photon


Video Shows Wooden Satellite Prototype in the Stratosphere

A Finnish team is full steam ahead on its plans to launch a satellite made of plywood into space by the end of 2021. The satellite will orbit between 300 and 400 miles above Earth and will be a proof-of-concept for future wooden instruments in space.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Environment, Earth, Telecommunications, Satellite, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, StarLink, High Altitude Balloon, Riccardo Rampini


China’s New Rover Captures Unique Selfie on Mars

The Zhurong rover, whose name translates to “fire god,” used a detachable wireless camera to capture a clever image of itself and its landing platform on the surface of Mars.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Environment, Lander, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Perseverance, Mars rovers, In China, Utopia Planitia, Discovery And Exploration Of The Solar System, Tianwen 1, Zhurong


European Space Agency Ready to Study the Original Structure of the Universe

The future of space exploration is looking absolutely thrilling, as the European Space Agency has revealed its long-term plans for research that will, hopefully, identify potentially life-hosting planets beyond our solar system and scrutinize the earliest structures of the universe. Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Lander, European Space Agency, Space Exploration, Jupiter, Spaceflight, James Webb Space Telescope, Titan, Spacecraft, Astrobiology, CHEOPS, Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, Cosmic Vision, Uncrewed Spacecraft, Future Of Space Exploration


Europe is sending a probe to Venus, teaming up with NASA to rocket 3 missions to the planet in the next 15 years

An illustration of the EnVision spacecraft with Earth (left) and Venus (right). NASA / JAXA / ISAS / DARTS / Damia Bouic / VR2Planets The European Space Agency is sending an orbiter to Venus, joining forces with NASA. Alongside NASA's two new Venus probes, the mission spells a renaissance for our closest neighbor. The three new spacecraft could help scientists understand how Venus' climate went to hell. See more stories on Insider's business page. After decades of gazing longin...
Tags: Europe, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Esa, European Space Agency, Space Exploration, Planets, Mars, Spaceflight, Venus, Solar System, Spacecraft, Veritas


Hell Yeah, Another Venus Mission Just Got the Green Light

It’s been just a week since NASA announced its two Venus missions, and now there’s another one to look forward to. The European Space Agency today announced EnVision, its own Venus-bound spacecraft, slated to launch in the early 2030s.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Nasa, European Space Agency, Ariel, Spaceflight, Venus, Spacecraft, Veritas, Envision, JAXA, DaVinci, Thomas Zurbuchen, Günther Hasinger, Life On Venus, Cosmic Vision


Here's What NASA's Probe Saw When It Flew Past Jupiter's Moon Ganymede

NASA’s Jupiter-orbiting Juno spacecraft was able to capture new images of the moon Ganymede during a close flyby on Monday. The natural satellite, the biggest moon in the solar system, has an icy surface that covers an interior of rock and iron.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Nasa, Jupiter, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Juno, Ganymede, Southwest Research Institute, Scott Bolton, Io, Junocam, Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, Planets Of The Solar System, Technology Internet, Draftplanetary Glaciology