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The big red planet: Mortgage rates ahead?

The big red planet: Mortgage rates ahead?
For years, Mr. Musk, the billionaire founder of the SpaceX rocket company, has been offering hints and teases of his desire to colonise the big red planet. In a talk on Tuesday at the International Astronautical Congress, Mr. Musk finally provided engineering details, optimistic timelines and a slick video on how to get to Mars.
28th September 2016

Possible water plumes erupted on Europa

Possible water plumes erupted on Europa
Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high-altitude water vapour plumes. The observation increases the possibility that missions to Europa may be able to sample Europa’s ocean without having to drill through miles of ice.
27th September 2016

Radiation tolerant products are key as Juno enters Jupiter orbit

Radiation tolerant products are key as Juno enters Jupiter orbit
The successful Juno spacecraft mission has so far included its orbit insertion at Jupiter, and the mission will soon be turning towards the data collection phase. After an almost five year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, the spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit.
21st September 2016


Lund University plays a key role in mapping the Milky Way

Lund University plays a key role in mapping the Milky Way
The European Space Agency’s satellite Gaia is now delivering its first results after having travelled around the sun for more than two years. The goal is to draw up a whole new map of the Milky Way, showing where the billion different stars are located and how they move. Lennart Lindegren, Professor of Astronomy at the Faculty of Science at Lund University in Sweden, helped launch the Gaia project 23 years ago.
19th September 2016

Shooting for the moon with water-propelled satellite

Shooting for the moon with water-propelled satellite
Cislunar Explorers, a team of Cornell University students guided by Mason Peck, a former senior official at NASA and associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is attempting to boldly go where no CubeSat team has gone before: around the moon. Not only is Peck's group attempting to make a first-ever moon orbit with a satellite no bigger than a cereal box, made entirely with off-the-shelf materials, it's doing so with propellant that you can obtain simply by turning on a faucet.
16th September 2016

The largest survey of celestial objects to date

The largest survey of celestial objects to date
The first catalogue of more than a billion stars from ESA’s Gaia satellite was published – the largest all-sky survey of celestial objects to date. On its way to assembling the most detailed 3D map ever made of our Milky Way galaxy, Gaia has pinned down the precise position on the sky and the brightness of 1142 million stars. As a taster of the richer catalogue to come in the near future, the release also features the distances and the motions across the sky for more than two million stars.
15th September 2016

Small asteroid flew safely past Earth

Small asteroid flew safely past Earth
A small asteroid designated 2016 RB1 safely flew past Earth September 8th at 10:20am PDT (1:20pm EDT/17:20 UTC) at a distance of about 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers, or just less than 1/10th the distance of Earth to the moon). Because the asteroid's orbit carried it below (or over) Earth's south pole, it did not pass within the orbits of communication or weather satellites.
8th September 2016

Aeolus satellite launch secured

Aeolus satellite launch secured
ESA and Arianespace have signed a contract to secure the launch of the Aeolus satellite. With this milestone, a better understanding of Earth’s winds is another step closer. The contract, worth €32.57m, was signed at ESA headquarters in Paris, France, by ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Josef Aschbacher, and CEO of Arianespace, Stéphane Israël.
8th September 2016

MIT's spacecraft is bound for asteroid Bennu

MIT's spacecraft is bound for asteroid Bennu
An SUV-sized spacecraft, loaded with instruments and an extendable robotic arm, will soon be barreling toward a space rock, on a round-trip journey that promises to return an unprecedented souvenir: extraterrestrial soil, taken directly from an asteroid, that could hold clues to the very early universe.
8th September 2016

NASA searches for BIG Idea from students

NASA searches for BIG Idea from students
NASA’s Game Changing Development Program (GCD), managed by the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) are seeking novel and robust concepts for in-space assembly of spacecraft — particularly tugs, propelled by Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP), that transfer payloads from Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to a Lunar Distant Retrograde Orbit (LDRO).
7th September 2016


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