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  • Astronomy and Geophysics is Rife With Bullying and Harassment
    by Matt Williams on August 5, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    A new survey conducted by the Royal Astronomical Society has shown that the fields of astronomy and geophysics also suffer from a culture of bullying and harassment The post Astronomy and Geophysics is Rife With Bullying and Harassment appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Two Spacecraft are Flying Past Venus, Just 33 Hours Apart
    by Andy Tomaswick on August 5, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    When Longfellow wrote about “ships passing in the night” back in 1863, he probably wasn’t thinking about satellites passing near Venus.  He probably also wouldn’t have considered 575,000 km separation as “passing”, but on the scale of interplanetary exploration, it might as well be.  And passing is exactly what two satellites will be doing near … Continue reading “Two Spacecraft are Flying Past Venus, Just 33 Hours Apart” The post Two Spacecraft are Flying Past Venus, Just 33 Hours Apart appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Shadows on the Moon Could be Hiding Water, Even in the Daytime
    by Andy Tomaswick on August 5, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    Shadows have been known throughout history to be excellent hiding places.  They may even be hiding unexpected things off the Earth as well.  According to a new NASA study, there might be water that moves from shadow to shadow on the moon – even in daylight. Scientists have long accepted the fact that there is … Continue reading “Shadows on the Moon Could be Hiding Water, Even in the Daytime” The post Shadows on the Moon Could be Hiding Water, Even in the Daytime appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Astronomers Find a Huge Planet Orbiting its Star at 6,000 Times the Earth-Sun Distance
    by Andy Tomaswick on August 4, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    Tracking exoplanets is hard – especially when that exoplanet is so far away from its parent star that the normally used “transit” method of watching it dim the light of the star itself is ineffectual.  But it really helps if the planet is huge, and has its own infrared glow, no matter how far away … Continue reading “Astronomers Find a Huge Planet Orbiting its Star at 6,000 Times the Earth-Sun Distance” The post Astronomers Find a Huge Planet Orbiting its Star at 6,000 Times the Earth-Sun Distance appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Scientists Figure out how the Asteroid Belt Attacked the Dinosaurs
    by Andy Tomaswick on August 4, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    How do you track an asteroid that hit the Earth over 60 million years ago?  By using a combination of geology and computer simulations, at least according to a team of scientists from the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI).  Those methods might have let them solve a long-standing mystery of both archeology and astronomy – where … Continue reading “Scientists Figure out how the Asteroid Belt Attacked the Dinosaurs” The post Scientists Figure out how the Asteroid Belt Attacked the Dinosaurs appeared first on Universe Today.

  • NASA is Going Ahead With a Hopping Lander to Explore the Lunar Surface
    by Andy Tomaswick on August 3, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Methods of movement for robotic explorers of other worlds have been as varied as the worlds themselves. Some missions have been simple landers, some rovers, and now there’s even been a helicopter flight on Mars.  But there is an unexplored hybrid mode of movement that will soon be coming to a Moon near you – … Continue reading “NASA is Going Ahead With a Hopping Lander to Explore the Lunar Surface” The post NASA is Going Ahead With a Hopping Lander to Explore the Lunar Surface appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Two Bizarre red Asteroids Somehow Migrated From the Kuiper Belt all the way to the Main Asteroid Belt
    by Andy Tomaswick on August 3, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    If asked to pick what color asteroids in the asteroid belt would be, red is likely not one that would come to mind for most people.  But that is exactly the color of two new asteroids found by Hasegawa Sunao of JAXA and an international team of researchers.  The catch is the objects don’t appear … Continue reading “Two Bizarre red Asteroids Somehow Migrated From the Kuiper Belt all the way to the Main Asteroid Belt” The post Two Bizarre red Asteroids Somehow Migrated From the Kuiper Belt all the way to the Main Asteroid Belt appeared first on Universe Today.

  • NASA Chooses Falcon Heavy Over SLS to Launch Europa Clipper, Saving About $2 Billion
    by Andy Tomaswick on August 2, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    The bureaucracy of government control is slowly fading away in space exploration, at least in the US.  A series of delays, cost overruns, and imposed requirements have finally started taking its toll on the Space Launch System (SLS), the next generation NASA rocket system.  Now, the space agency has finally conceded a point to the … Continue reading “NASA Chooses Falcon Heavy Over SLS to Launch Europa Clipper, Saving About $2 Billion” The post NASA Chooses Falcon Heavy Over SLS to Launch Europa Clipper, Saving About $2 Billion appeared first on Universe Today.

  • A Black Hole Emitted a Flare Away From us, but its Intense Gravity Redirected the Blast Back in our Direction
    by Matt Williams on August 1, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Using the XMM-Newton and NuSTAR X-ray telescopes, an international team of scientists were able to see light coming from behind a black hole for the first time! The post A Black Hole Emitted a Flare Away From us, but its Intense Gravity Redirected the Blast Back in our Direction appeared first on Universe Today.

  • Lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Fuel Tanks Pass a Critical Test, and Could Knock a lot of Weight off a Rocket’s dry Mass
    by Andy Tomaswick on August 1, 2021 at 3:01 am

    Material science is still the unsung hero of space exploration.  Rockets are flashier, and control systems more precise, but they are useless without materials that withstand the immense temperatures of forces required to get people and things off the planet.  Now a team from MT Aerospace, working on a grant from ESA, has developed a … Continue reading “Lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Fuel Tanks Pass a Critical Test, and Could Knock a lot of Weight off a Rocket’s dry Mass” The post Lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Fuel Tanks Pass a Critical Test, and Could Knock a lot of Weight off a Rocket’s dry Mass appeared first on Universe Today.