May 22, 2024
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SpaceX will launch the first batch of satellites for the NRO reconnaissance satellite constellation – Spaceflight Now

An illustration of the NROL-146 mission patch design. Chart: NRO The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is set to begin building a constellation of unknown size with a midnight launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The mission, called NROL-146, features an undisclosed number of satellites aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Liftoff from Space

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Juno images of Europa reveal a complex and active surface

View larger. | The Juno spacecraft captured this view of Jupiter's moon Europe during its closest flyby ever on September 29, 2022. The images reveal new clues about the moon's icy crust. It looks like it's floating in the ocean below! Image via NASA JPL-Caltech/ SwRI/ MSSS/ Björn Jónsson. NASA's Juno mission has provided images

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ESA and NASA join forces to take the European rover to Mars

Rosalind Franklin Rover. Credit: ESA Ibadan, May 17, 2024. – ESA and NASA have formalized the supply of key elements for the Rosalind Franklin rover mission. Space agencies are solidifying their cooperation on the ExoMars Rosalind Franklin mission with an agreement that guarantees important American contributions, such as the launch service, the propulsion system necessary

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Hayabusa2 samples reveal effects of space erosion on asteroid Ryugu

206 Using samples collected by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Hayabusa2 asteroid explorer, scientists have found the effects of micrometeorite bombardments on asteroid 162173 Ryugu. The team used a technique called electron holography to study the magnetic properties of the sample, learn about the magnetic field in the early solar system and how space

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NASA-funded pulsed plasma rocket concept aims to send astronauts to Mars in 2 months

An innovative rocket system could revolutionize future space missions to Mars, reducing travel time to the Red Planet in just a few months. The goal of bringing humans to Mars has presented countless challenges, including the need to quickly transport large payloads to and from the distant planet, which, depending on the positions of Land

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NASA and Boeing further delay launch of Starliner crew flight test amid ongoing helium leak review – Spaceflight Now

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas 5 N22 rocket with Boeing's Starliner spacecraft on top, as seen the day before its planned May 6 launch. A problematic valve caused the mission to fail two hours before takeoff. Image: Michael Cain/Spaceflight Now Ongoing analysis of a helium leak on Boeing's Starliner spacecraft forced NASA and Boeing

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Webinar Replay: Space Loves AI: How AI Promises to Transform Space Operations

For satellite operators, the potential benefits of AI are impossible to ignore. As Earth observation and communications constellations expand, artificial intelligence tools promise to streamline operations, reduce in-orbit collisions, and accelerate analysis of remote sensing data. The opportunities and challenges of space-based AI were discussed with experts from Aerospace Corporation, Stanford University's Center for AEroSpace

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Artemis III Moonwalks and Ground Training

It's just a coincidence, but Arizona is the location of NASA and Western University's Surface Planetary Processes Field School training this month. Preparing for Artemis III NASA is testing technology and astronauts are conducting analog moonwalks in the San Francisco volcanic field, north of Flagstaff, Arizona, in preparation for future moonwalks, including that of the

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