Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has begun extra stargazing to help the space agency accomplish advances in Mars exploration over the next decade. The spacecraft already has worked more than double its planned mission life …[READ MORE]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

New analysis of Pluto’s atmosphere explains why the New Horizons spacecraft measured temperatures much colder than predicted. The gas composition of a planet’s atmosphere generally determines how much heat gets trapped in the atmosphere. For …[READ MORE]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three key players in the development and ultimate success of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO). One half of the prize was awarded jointly to …[READ MORE]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Rochester Institute of Technology researchers helped pinpoint the precise location of a gravitational wave signal—and the black hole merger that produced it—detected by gravitational wave observatories in the United States and in Europe. For the …[READ MORE]

Looking Up by 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 …[READ MORE]

Looking Up by 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 …[READ MORE]

Looking Up by 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 …[READ MORE]

Looking Up by 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 …[READ MORE]

Looking Up by 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, …[READ MORE]