NASA’s Roman mission delivers detectors to Japan’s PRIME Telescope

Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn Billy Keim, a NASA technician, removes a 16-megapixel detector from its shipping container internal fixture as engineer Stephanie Cheung coordinates the activity. NASA’s future Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will be fitted with 18 of these infrared detectors, which have now been flight-approved. The Roman team possesses extra detectors that will be… Continue reading NASA’s Roman mission delivers detectors to Japan’s PRIME Telescope

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Study investigates chemical composition of the young massive cluster NGC 1569-B

Image of the NGC 1569 using F555W filter from HST ACS. The slit is located on top of the NGC 1569-B, indicating the region the spectra were obtained from. Credit: Gvozdenko et al, 2022 Using the Keck Observatory, astronomers from the Radboud University in the Netherlands and elsewhere have conducted spectroscopic observations of a young… Continue reading Study investigates chemical composition of the young massive cluster NGC 1569-B

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Giant impact could have formed the Moon more rapidly, scientists reveal in new simulations

Credit: Dr Jacob Kegerreis Scientists from Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology used the most detailed supercomputer simulations yet to reveal an alternative explanation for the Moon’s origin, with a giant impact immediately placing a Moon-like body into orbit around Earth. The researchers simulated hundreds of different impacts, varying the angle and speed of the… Continue reading Giant impact could have formed the Moon more rapidly, scientists reveal in new simulations

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NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 Ready for Launch – How To Watch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched on April 27, 2022, at 3:52 a.m. EDT on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 mission to the International Space Station from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky The Launch Readiness Review for NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission is complete. Liftoff… Continue reading NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 Ready for Launch – How To Watch

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Russia space agency seeking to extend ISS participation past 2024: official

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Russia’s space agency is discussing with Moscow a continuation of its participation in the International Space Station past 2024, a Roscosmos official said Monday. Sergei Krikalev, head of Russia’s human space flight programs, told reporters that Roscosmos had started “to discuss extending our participation in ISS program with our government and… Continue reading Russia space agency seeking to extend ISS participation past 2024: official

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India loses contact with budget Mars orbiter after eight years

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain India has lost contact with its Mars orbiter, eight years after the low-cost probe made it the first Asian nation with a spacecraft circling the red planet, its space agency said. Although “designed for a life-span of six months as a technology demonstrator, the Mars Orbiter Mission has lived for about… Continue reading India loses contact with budget Mars orbiter after eight years

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Iran says it launched test ‘tug’ into suborbital space

Iranian state media said Tuesday the government has launched a space tug capable of shifting satellites between orbits. State TV said the Saman test spacecraft was built by the country’s Space Research Center and launched Monday by the Defense Ministry. Hassan Salarieh, chief of the Islamic Republic’s space agency, told state TV that officials “hope… Continue reading Iran says it launched test ‘tug’ into suborbital space

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Immense Trail of Debris From DART Collision With Asteroid Dimorphos Captured by SOAR Telescope

Astronomers using the SOAR telescope in Chile captured the vast plume of dust and debris blasted from the surface of the asteroid Dimorphos by NASA’s DART spacecraft when it collided on September 26, 2022. In this image, the more than 10,000-kilometer-long dust trail — the ejecta that has been pushed away by the Sun’s radiation… Continue reading Immense Trail of Debris From DART Collision With Asteroid Dimorphos Captured by SOAR Telescope

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