NASA Troubleshoots Asteroid-Bound Lucy Spacecraft From Millions of Miles Away

Shortly after Lucy launched, one of its solar arrays failed to fully deploy, putting the mission at risk. This artist’s concept animation depicts Lucy’s solar array anomaly. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab Just after the successful launch of[{” attribute=””>NASA’s Lucy spacecraft on October 16, 2021, a group of engineers huddled around … Read more

Silly sausage! French physicist forced to apologise for ‘planet’ photo that was a snap of chorizo

A prominent French physicist has been forced to apologise for a photograph that he said was from NASA’s new space telescope but which was in fact a piece of chorizo. Etienne Klein, a renowned philosopher and research director at the French Atomic Energy Commission, informed his followers that ‘no object belonging to Spanish charcuterie exists … Read more

Near-Earth asteroid has a surface like a plastic ball pit

During the historic collection event, the sampling head of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft sank 1.6 feet (0.5 meter) into the surface of the asteroid. Apparently, Bennu’s exterior is made of loosely packed particles that aren’t bound together very securely, based on what happened as the spacecraft collected a sample. If the spacecraft hadn’t fired its thruster … Read more

NASA Finally Figured Out What That Weird Spaghetti It Found on Mars Was

It’s definitely not edible. Spooky Spaghetti Last month, NASA’s Perseverance rover spotted a mysterious noodle-like object on Mars. Appearing to be some sort of messy bundle of string, the object was first captured by the Mars rover’s camera on July 12 before mysteriously vanishing just four days later. NASA was adamant that the stringy object … Read more

The Cartwheel Galaxy Is the Webb Telescope’s Latest Cosmic Snapshot

Scientists on Tuesday published the latest images from NASA’s triumphant James Webb Space Telescope. The newest release documents the Cartwheel galaxy, which is about 500 million light-years from our planet and is aptly named for its wheel-like appearance, complete with a center hub, a tire and even wavy, fluorescent spokes. The Webb also recorded two … Read more

SpaceX set for first Moon launch [webcast]

No earlier than (NET) 7:08 pm EDT (23:08 UTC), August 4th, a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to lift off from SpaceX’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station LC-40 pad as part of the company’s 34th launch of 2022. Carrying the Korean Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) spacecraft, the mission will be SpaceX’s first direct launch … Read more

We found some strange radio sources in a distant galaxy cluster

The colliding cluster Abell 3266 as seen across the electromagnetic spectrum, using data from ASKAP and the ATCA (red/orange/yellow colours), XMM-Newton (blue) and the Dark Energy Survey (background map). (Image credit: Christopher Riseley (Università di Bologna),) This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s … Read more