June 16, 2024
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Despite gyroscope failure, NASA says Hubble Space Telescope still falls short of world-class science – Spaceflight Now

The Hubble Space Telescope is seen after its launch from the space shuttle Columbia during a maintenance mission in 2002. Credit: NASA Problems with one of the Hubble Space Telescope's three remaining gyroscopes, critical for pointing and locking targets, have led mission managers to switch to a backup control mode that will limit some observations

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Did the Earth lose its protective bubble 2 million years ago?

The Earth usually travels inside a protective bubble (the Sun's sphere of influence) called heliosphere. But a new study says that, for a brief period about 2 million years ago, the bubble may have shrunk. The Earth could have been precipitated out of the heliosphere, as shown here as the dark gray bubble on the

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House Appropriations Committee reduces Space Force budget request

WASHINGTON — On June 13, the House Appropriations Committee moved forward an $833 billion defense spending bill for fiscal year 2025, that's $16.5 billion less than President Biden asked for. The measure was approved by the panel by a vote of 34 to 25. The bill greenlights $28.7 billion for the Space Force, or about

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Canadian Space Agency announces winners of Space Brain Hack student initiative

With the theme of food in space, the 2023-24 winners of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) student initiative Space Brain Hack have been announced. This is the second year of the initiative. Prizes were awarded to students in grades 6-8 and 9-12. The task at hand according to the CSA was to create “fresh, tasty

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Space Cafe Radio Frontiers – with Hannah Ashford on the 2024 Karman Scholarship

Revealing the importance of space and global cooperation: a conversation with Hannah Ashford Join us for this insightful episode of Space Café Radio as we explore the profound impact of space on various aspects of life, from weather monitoring to global communications. Our host, Torsten Krieningsits with Hannah Ashford, Managing Director of the Karman Project,

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NASA telescope detects 'cosmic fireworks' and faint echoes from Milky Way's supermassive black hole

Astronomers have detected flares and echoes coming from the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way, Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). These “cosmic fireworks” and X-ray echoes could help scientists better understand the dark, silent cosmic titan around which our galaxy orbits. The team of researchers at Michigan State University made this groundbreaking

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Short-lived experiment marks the beginning of radio astronomy from the Moon – Sky & Telescope

After a half-century hiatus, NASA finally returned to the lunar surface with a scientific payload in February. It did so aboard the Odysseus lander, the first of NASA-sponsored privately operated missions. However, the first mission of the agency's Commercial Lunar Cargo Services program, which was designed to reduce costs and accelerate lunar research, did not

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FAA and NASA seek public input on SpaceX Starship launches at Kennedy Space Center – Spaceflight Now

The Ship 29 upper stage of the fully integrated Starship rocket as seen ahead of its fourth flight test on June 6, 2024. Image: Michael Cain/Spaceflight Now The Federal Aviation Administration is preparing to gather public input on SpaceX Starship launch operations at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The request for comment comes about a month

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The epic effects of solar storms observed by Mars rovers

You are looking at the planet Mars. See the specks in this scene, like the snow on old television? they are solar energetic particles coming from an epic solar storm on May 20. Particles hit a camera aboard NASA Curiosity rover on Mars, whose cameras capture images of dust devils and wind gusts like the

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Stoke Space tests new thruster engine

WASHINGTON – Stoke Space has tested a highly efficient engine it is developing for the first stage of its fully reusable launch vehicle. The company, based in Kent, Washington, announced June 11 that it conducted a brief engine burn at a test site in Moses Lake, Washington, on June 5. The engine, designed to produce

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