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Copernical Team

Copernical Team

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San Antonio, TX (SPX) Jan 20, 2022
A Southwest Research Institute scientist set out to prove that the tiny, innermost moon of Saturn was a frozen inert satellite and instead discovered compelling evidence that Mimas has a liquid internal ocean. In the waning days of NASA's Cassini mission, the spacecraft identified a curious libration, or oscillation, in the moon's rotation, which often points to a geologically active body able t
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Baltimore MD (SPX) Jan 20, 2022
Often portrayed as destructive monsters that hold light captive, black holes take on a less villainous role in the latest research from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. A black hole at the heart of the dwarf galaxy Henize 2-10 is creating stars rather than gobbling them up. The black hole is apparently contributing to the firestorm of new star formation taking place in the galaxy. The dwarf galaxy
Thursday, 20 January 2022 05:37

Sol 3361: Keeping the Dog Leashed

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Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jan 20, 2022
Our initial plan was to conduct a MAHLI "dog's eye" imaging sequence on the beautiful Panari outcrop that we are parked before. During a dog's eye sequence, the rover's arm walks the MAHLI camera along a feature near ground level, just how your martian canine (obviously named "Rover") would see it. But, we had to move that to tomorrow's plan due to a couple issues that need resolving first
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Washington DC (UPI) Jan 19, 2021
Two Russian cosmonauts completed the first spacewalk of 2022 outside the International Space Station to perform tasks that will allow spacecraft to dock with a new Russian segment. Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov, of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, spent seven hours, 11 minutes outside the space station after exiting just after 7 a.m. EST. The pair installed handrails, ante
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Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 20, 2022
Russia launched the multipurpose laboratory module "Nauka" from the Baikonur cosmodrome on 21 July and it docked at the ISS on 29 July. Watch a live broadcast from the International Space Station (ISS) as Roscosmos astronauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov are performing a spacewalk to integrate the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module into the Russian segment of the ISS. The modu
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Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 20, 2022
The atmosphere of Mars is much less dense than Earth's; however, the Mars climate shares many similarities to Earth: seasons, changing winds, ice clouds, and dust storms, among others. Predicting weather events, as is true for Earth, is always an uncertain endeavor. In preparing for Flight 19, we found out that unexpected Mars weather can result in a familiar and unfortunate scenario here on Ear
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Over the past year, NASA has made valuable contributions to Biden-Harris Administration’s goals – leading on the global stage, addressing the urgent issue of climate change, creating high paying jobs, and inspiring future generations.
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New automatic control technique uses spacecraft solar panels to reach desired orbit at Mars
Representation of (a) current aerobraking with static, perpendicular solar panels, and (b) the proposed concept using rotating solar panels to actively control the trajectory. Credit: University of Illinois Dept. of Aerospace Engineering

A satellite on a science mission to Mars aims for a low-altitude orbit, but the lower the orbit, the more propellant is required to enter orbit when arriving from Earth. To save propellant, a technique called aerobraking uses a small propulsive maneuver for orbit insertion to enter a large orbit; the satellite then makes many passes through the upper atmosphere, using drag on the solar panels to reduce the size of the orbit a little bit each pass until the orbit is the desired size for science operations.

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Matthias Maurer in the Cupola

Join ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer on Thursday, 20 January, in a live call from the International Space Station, from 14:00 GMT/15:00 CET, talking with prominent experts and industry leaders, to explore how space research can improve life on our planet.

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