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Publisher and Editor - Judith Martin-Straw

The Skinny - Amy Brunell

Looking Up - Bob Eklund

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Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope helped an international team of astronomers find that an unusual object in the asteroid belt is, in fact, two asteroids orbiting each other that have comet-like features. These include a bright halo of material, called a coma, and a long tail of dust. Hubble was used to image the asteroid, designated 300163 (2006 VW139), in September 2016 just before the [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is on final approach to Saturn, following confirmation by mission navigators that it is on course to dive into the planet’s atmosphere on Friday, Sept. 15. Cassini is ending its 13-year tour of the Saturn system with an intentional plunge into the planet to ensure Saturn's moons—in particular Enceladus, with its subsurface ocean and signs of hydrothermal [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Scientists on NASA’s Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter’s polar regions that contribute to the giant planet’s powerful aurora—only not in ways the researchers expected. Examining data collected by the ultraviolet spectrograph and energetic-particle detector instruments aboard the Jupiter-orbiting Juno spacecraft, a team led by Barry Mauk of the [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is just days from its mission-ending dive into the atmosphere of Saturn. Its fateful plunge on Sept. 15 is a foregone conclusion—an April 22 gravitational kick from Saturn’s moon Titan placed the two-and-a-half ton vehicle on its path for impending destruction. Yet several mission milestones have to occur over the coming two-plus weeks to prepare the vehicle for [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Breakthrough Starshot, a multi-faceted program to develop and launch practical interstellar space missions, successfully flew its first spacecraft—the smallest ever launched. On June 23, a number of prototype “Sprites”—the world’s smallest fully functional space probes, built on a single circuit board—achieved low Earth orbit, piggybacking on OHB System AG’s ‘Max Valier’ and [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

On Monday, Aug. 21, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the Sun, and NASA Television will carry it live from coast to coast from unique vantage points on the ground and from aircraft and spacecraft, including the International Space Station. Coverage will be featured during the live four-hour broadcast Eclipse Across America: Through the Eyes of NASA. Programming begins at 12 [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

More than 300 million people in the United States potentially could directly view the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, and NASA wants everyone who will witness this celestial phenomenon to do so safely. That Monday, a partial eclipse will be visible in every state. A total solar eclipse, which is when the Moon completely covers the Sun, will occur across 14 states in the continental U.S. along a [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Humanity’s farthest and longest-lived spacecraft, Voyagers 1 and 2, achieve 40 years of operation and exploration this August and September. Despite their vast distance, they continue to communicate with NASA daily, still probing the final frontier. Their story has not only impacted generations of current and future scientists and engineers, but also Earth’s culture, including film, art [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

With the push of a button, final commands for the European Space Agency’s LISA Pathfinder mission were beamed to space on July 18, a final goodbye before the spacecraft was powered down. LISA Pathfinder had been directed into a parking orbit in April, keeping it out of Earth’s way. The final action this week switches it off completely after a successful 16 months of science [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The National Science Foundation’s Arecibo Observatory and the Planetary Habitability Laboratory of the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo have joined the Red Dots project in the search for new planets around our nearest stars. This new collaboration will simultaneously observe in both the optical and radio spectrum Barnard’s Star, a popular star in the science fiction [...]

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