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

India’s liquid mirror telescope ready to observe the night sky

India's liquid mirror telescope ready to observe the night sky

The International Liquid Mirror Telescope in its building in the Himalayas.Photo: John Surdej High in the Himalayas, a new telescope is installed to observe the night sky. The craft has a 4-meter (13-foot) lens, but here’s the kicker: it’s made of liquid mercury, a material rarely used for astronomical imaging. Called the International Liquid Mirror … 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 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

What we know about NASA’s supposedly ‘successful’ mega-rocket launch rehearsal

What we know about NASA's supposedly 'successful' mega-rocket launch rehearsal

NASA’s Space Launch System on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo: Nasa NASA enveloped yesterday saw its fourth wet dress rehearsal of the Space Launch System, during which ground crews achieved a number of key test objectives. That said, an unresolved hydrogen leak prevented full completion of the test, in a … Read more

MIT scientists propose space bubbles to reverse the worst of climate change

MIT scientists propose space bubbles to reverse the worst of climate change

The proposed space bubbles could deflect some of the sun’s rays. Image: MIT Smart City A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology thinks we can mitigate the worst of climate change with… space bubbles. They sketched out a strategy in which a huge raft of bubblescarefully positioned between the Earth and the … Read more

NASA’s Delayed Psyche Launch Presents Major Headaches for Ride-Along Mission

NASA's Delayed Psyche Launch Presents Major Headaches for Ride-Along Mission

Artist’s impression of the Janus twin probes. Image: Lockheed Martin A software glitch caused the delay of Psyche, a NASA mission to explore a metal-rich asteroid. Two small probes are included in the launch, but the postponement means they may not be able to meet their respective target asteroids. Psyche, a probe designed to explore … Read more

The Ingenuity helicopter is dizzy

The Ingenuity helicopter is dizzy

While configuring the Ingenuity helicopter for its next flight to Mars, NASA engineers ran into a problem: OOne of the helicopter’s navigation sensors is not working. The sensor is called the inclinometer, which is actually two accelerometers that are supposed to measure gravity before the helicopter begins its take-off procedures. JThis information is fed into … Read more