Submitted by Luis Georg on Mon, 02/20/2017 - 10:53
NASA scientists remain optimistic that the decision to keep the Juno spacecraft in its current 53-day orbit of Jupiter for the remainder of its mission will yield positive and spectacular results.
The U.S. government-run space agency recently announced that Juno will remain in its current, long orbital period instead of shifting to previously planned 14-day orbit. The decision followed a Juno engine malfunction that occurred in October 2016.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sat, 02/18/2017 - 10:12
Further boosting scientists’ interest in Ceres, U.S. space agency NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has for the first time spotted organic molecules, the carbon-containing building blocks of life, on the dwarf planet.
Dawn spotted the organic molecules on Ceres using its visible & infrared mapping spectrometer instrument near the dwarf planet’s 33-mile-wide Ernutet crater.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Fri, 02/17/2017 - 05:51
NASA will study the risks and costs of sending astronauts on the first flight of a gigantic new rocket that is being built to explore deep space, the space agency’s acting administrator Robert Lightfoot announced.
The U.S. space agency aims to test the Saturn V-class Space Launch System rocket in late 2018 with an unscrewed Orion crew capsule that will fly around the Moon. Later it will be capsule will be used to sent astronauts into deep space.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Mon, 02/13/2017 - 05:51
NASA scientists have recommended three locations on Mars for drilling to collect samples from the Red Planet during the agency’s Mars 2020 mission. This will be first even NASA mission to bring back samples from Mars on Earth. After three-day workshop in Monrovia, California, NASA team has finalized three locations for drilling on February 10. Till date, researchers have only analyzed Mars rocks that are meteorites and for the first time, we will have rocks brought from Mars for analysis.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 02/12/2017 - 17:40
NASA has announced an interesting project to drill Europa’s Crust and one of the aims of the project is to search for possibility of life. Jupiter’s icy moon Europa is considered as a candidate for search for life in solar system. Astronomers have earlier talked about possibilities of finding life on Europa. The mission has been planned for year 2024. The details of Europa Lander Mission have been shared by NASA in 264-page report. The mission has not been confirmed yet.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sat, 02/11/2017 - 09:55
The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) is planning to explore Jupiter’s icy moon Europa in search for some sort of alien life, the renowned American space agency has confirmed. NASA-appointed Science Definition Team (SDT) has been preparing a plan to send a spacecraft to Europa since early 2016. On Feb. 7th, that SDT delivered their first report to the agency, specifying their recommendations for a future Europa mission.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sat, 02/04/2017 - 17:51
U.S. space agency NASA has just refurbished its archive of Earth views from space, enabling the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) website to provide users with daily, up-close views of our planet in natural, enhanced hues.
EPIC is a part of NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite, which is orbiting the Sun at a distance of nearly 1 million miles from Earth, allowing scientists to study the weather and climate of our planet. It captures a new image every hour from mid of April to mid of October, as well as every two hours during the remaining year.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Fri, 02/03/2017 - 15:55
U.S. government investigators are reportedly worried about a potentially dangerous flaw in SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, which are supposed to fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as soon as next year.
According to a report published in the WSJ, investigators have detected a pattern of cracking in the Falcon 9 rockets’ turbine blades that drive the turbopumps which quickly funnel propellant into the rocket engines.
Investigators believe that the flaw could compromise the safety of astronauts who are supposed use the vehicle starting sometime in 2018.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 05:23
NASA’s Cassini mission team has released high resolution images of Saturn’s rings, showcasing unprecedented details of the outer regions of the icy rings and their bruised surface. Cassini spacecraft is currently in its ‘ring grazing’ phase of the mission. The new images are the closest ever images of Saturn’s rings. Cassini mission will come to an end in April this year, after running for 20 years and providing valuable data to astronomers about Saturn. In April, Cassini will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere.