LightSail 2 mission ready to burn through Earth’s atmosphere

LightSail 2 mission ready to burn through Earth's atmosphere

The LightSail 2 spacecraft captured this image on June 11, 2022, which shows Madagascar and part of Mozambique.Image: The planetary society For three years, a very small Loaf of-spaceship the size of a loaf of bread with gigantic wings sailed on sunbeams in low earth orbit. LightSail 2 has far exceeded its life expectancy and … Read more

NASA’s DART mission will totally deform the asteroid Dimorphos

NASA's DART mission will totally deform the asteroid Dimorphos

The DART mission will be the first to test asteroid deflection using kinetic impactor technology. Drawing: Nasa In order to protect the Earth, certain sacrifices must be made. NASA’s DART spacecraft is currently en route to a binary asteroid system known as Didymos and will basically crash into a small asteroid to test a deviation … Read more

How to see rare ‘bright clouds at night’, thanks to climate change

How to see rare 'bright clouds at night', thanks to climate change

Photo: Anna Anikina (Shutterstock) The era of the noctilescent cloud has arrived. Brilliant clouds at night are historically rare, beautiful formations of glistening ice crystals suspended in the upper atmosphere that were only visible in northern parts of the world in recent years. They’ve been crawling south steadily for four decades, so this could be … Read more

Small NanoAvionics satellite uses GoPro for selfie in space

Small NanoAvionics satellite uses GoPro for selfie in space

A view of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from low Earth orbit (shown at 8x normal speed). GIF: NanoAvionics/Gizmodo Proprietary space cameras are expensive, limited and difficult to develop. Small satellite maker NanoAvionics recently steered clear of any development hassles and opted for something off-the-shelf instead. The company used a GoPro Hero 7 mounted on a … Read more

Mars Spacecraft Finally Upgrades From Windows 98 Era Software

Mars Spacecraft Finally Upgrades From Windows 98 Era Software

An illustration of the Mars Express spacecraft launched in 2003.Drawing: ESA The era of dial-up internet, AOL Instant Messenger and Myspace may be on Earth, but on Mars the early years of the Internet are still alive. A Martian spacecraft runs on software designed over 20 years ago in a proprietary environment based on Microsoft … Read more

NASA will launch the CAPSTONE mission on Monday, June 27

NASA will launch the CAPSTONE mission on Monday, June 27

A tiny satellite is about to set the stage for something much grander: a full-fledged lunar space station. NASA’s CAPSTONE satellite is scheduled to launch Monday and then travel to a unique lunar orbit as part of a guidance mission for the Artemis programwhich seeks to return humans to the Moon later this decade. CAPSTONE … Read more

NASA’s Curiosity rover discovers evidence of ancient water

NASA's Curiosity rover discovers evidence of ancient water

For the past 10 years, the Curiosity rover has scoured the Martian terrain, searching for clues to potentially habitable past of the planet. Recently, the car-sized robot passed through a transition zone, moving from an area that once had lakes on the surface to one that signifies drier conditions for the Red Planet. from NASA … Read more

NASA’s InSight Dust-Choked Lander Likely Won’t Make It To Year’s End

NASA's InSight Dust-Choked Lander Likely Won't Make It To Year's End

NASA announced in May than its InSight Mars lander, a spacecraft that has spent nearly four years investigating Mars geology and seismic activity – would likely be cease scientific operations in mid-summer and shut down all operations by the end of the year, due to low power levels. Now the agency plans to expand Knowledge … Read more

ISS maneuver test with Cygnus spacecraft did not go as planned

ISS maneuver test with Cygnus spacecraft did not go as planned

The Cygnus space cargo ship approaches the ISS on February 21, 2022. Photo: Nasa NASA is currently evaluating the ability of the docked Cygnus spacecraft to serve as boosters for the International Space Station, but a recent test of the concept was quickly shut down, for reasons that are still unclear. Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus NG … Read more

A strange isolated group of polar bears discovered in Greenland

A strange isolated group of polar bears discovered in Greenland

A Southeast Greenland polar bear on a glacier or freshwater ice at 61 degrees north in September 2016.Photo: Thomas W. Johansen/NASA Oceans melt Greenland Researchers have identified a previously unknown population of polar bears living in the isolation of southeast Greenland. Bears hunt seals in fjords, on freshwater ice shelves, rather than on rapidly receding … Read more