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Space news - Images of space

Sep 22, 2021

Images of space

Images of space are typically dazzling, showing a universe awash in color and light. That's not what these are. Here's what space actually looks like to the human eye. Artist Michael Benson took data from NASA and ESA missions to make 77 images of everything from Pluto to Europa that approximate true color as much as humanly possible. The work spans five decades of space exploration, and presents a realistic, flyby tour of the universe. "I feel like if these places are so alien to our direct experiences anyway, then they should be colored the way they would be seen," he says.

Space news - SpaceX Inspiration4

Sep 22, 2021

SpaceX's Inspiration4 all-civilian spaceflight: When to watch and what to know

SpaceX's first all-civilian mission successfully launched into orbit on Wednesday night (Sept. 15) carrying a message of diversity during the third billionaire-led flight to launch in 2021.
Space news - Online careers fair

Sep 9, 2021

Register now: online careers fair with ESA, CERN, ITER and SKAO

ESA is teaming up with fellow international organisations in the science and space industry, CERN, ITER and SKAO, to host a unique online information event on 5 October 2021. Registrations are now open, so sign up, come and meet us and discover the fantastic opportunities we offer! This event will have a special focus on electrical engineering, computing and RF systems.

Space news - SpaceX's private Inspiration4 mission is 'go' for launch

Sep 8, 2021

SpaceX's private Inspiration4 mission is 'go' for launch on Sept 15, 2021

The mission, called Inspiration4, is set to blast off from NASA's Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sept. 15. A crew of four private citizens will strap into a Crew Dragon spacecraft and blast off on a three-day journey around the Earth.
Space news - Astronomers hunting asteroids with radar surpass 1,000th space rock detection

Sep 8, 2021

Astronomers hunting asteroids with radar surpass 1,000th space rock detection

The most powerful tool for scientists studying asteroids in the neighborhood around Earth is planetary radar, a technique astronomers have just used on their 1,001st asteroid to date.
Space news - Accelerated digital transformations on Earth

Aug 25, 2021

Accelerated digital transformations on Earth are a boost for deep space missions

Efforts to digitize spacecraft manufacturing processes to support remote workers during the pandemic are also creating operational advantages for deep space missions, according to a Lockheed Martin executive.

Space News
Space news - outer space

Aug 16, 2021

50 gorgeous photos of outer space

Humans have looked to the stars since the dawn of civilization. For thousands of years, we've charted and mythologized the cosmic mysteries of the night sky.

CBS News
Space news - Digging into Mars

Aug 12, 2021

NASA is training human-like robots to explore caves on Mars

When searching for signs of life on other planets, scientists say caves are a crucial place to look. But how can a team on Earth effectively explore intricate, dark, unfamiliar landscapes on another world? NASA and Boston Dynamics have found an answer: Fully autonomous robots.

CBS News
Space news - Digging into Mars

Aug 09, 2021

Mystery swirls around Mars rover’s failed sample attempt—here’s what we know

The Perseverance rover isn't the first robot to have trouble digging into the red planet. But NASA is optimistic about trying again.

National Geographic
Space news - Clearing the heavens of space junk

Aug 09, 2021

Clearing the heavens of space junk

"I got a call from my chief satellite officer, he said, 'We've lost track of our satellite vehicle number 33 somewhere over Siberia; it may have been hit by something,'" recalled Matt Desch, the CEO of Iridium, whose 66 satellites provide voice and data connections for governments, companies, air traffic and shipping.

CBS News
Space news - Long-Duration Mars Mission

Aug 06, 2021

NASA Begins Recruitment for Long-Duration Mars Mission Analog Study

As NASA ventures farther into the cosmos, the astronaut experience will change. In preparation for the real-life challenges of future missions to Mars, NASA will study how highly motivated individuals respond under the rigor of a long-duration, ground-based simulation.

Space news - Spacex starship

Aug 04, 2021

SpaceX surges Starship work despite FAA environmental review uncertainty

WASHINGTON — The unstoppable force of SpaceX’s recent surge in development of its Starship vehicle for its first orbital flight is in danger of colliding with an immovable object: an ongoing environment review that has no clear end date.

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Space news - Russian spacecraft burn up in Earth's atmosphere

Aug 04, 2021

Watch a Russian spacecraft burn up in Earth's atmosphere from space station

From his perch on the International Space Station, a French astronaut watched a long-running Russian space module break into pieces in a shower of fireworks. What's more, he caught the event on video.
Space news - SpaceX engineers

Aug 03, 2021

Elon Musk shares photos of SpaceX engineers fitting 29 engines to Starship before its first attempt at orbit

Elon Musk on Monday shared photos of SpaceX engineers installing "Raptor" engines on a Starship launch vehicle before it blasts off for its first orbital flight. SpaceX confirmed in a tweet on Monday that engineers fitted 29 Raptor engines to the 23-story Super Heavy rocket booster, the first stage of the reusable two-stage Starship spacecraft.

Space news - ESA Venus flyby

Aug 03, 2021

ESA gets ready for double Venus flyby

Solar Orbiter and BepiColombo are set to make space history with two Venus flybys just 33 hours apart on 9 and 10 August.

Space news - Ariane 5 launch

Jul 30, 2021

Ariane 5 launches pioneering reprogrammable telecommunications satellite

Arianespace announced liftoff at 22:00 BST (23:00 CEST, 18:00 local time) this evening from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, for a mission lasting about 37 minutes. Star One D2, with a launch mass of 6187 kg, in the upper berth of the fairing was released first.

Space news - Students Hear from Space Station Astronauts

Jul 26, 2021

US Interns, Texas, Bulgarian Students to Hear from Space Station Astronauts

Students across the globe have opportunities this week to hear from astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The Earth-to-space calls air live on NASA Television, as well as the NASA app, and the agency’s website, where they are also available on-demand.