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  • NASA Launches Lucy Mission to Trojan Asteroids
    by David Dickinson on 16/10/2021 at 18:14

    NASA’s ambitious Lucy mission has launched to explore Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, pristine examples of the solar system’s early years. The post NASA Launches Lucy Mission to Trojan Asteroids appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • NASA Launches Lucy Mission to Trojan Asteroids
    by David Dickinson on 16/10/2021 at 18:14

    NASA’s ambitious Lucy mission has launched to explore Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, pristine examples of the solar system’s early years. The post NASA Launches Lucy Mission to Trojan Asteroids appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  • NASA, ULA Launch Lucy Mission to ‘Fossils’ of Planet Formation
    on 16/10/2021 at 10:23

    NASA’s Lucy mission, the agency’s first to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, launched at 5:34 a.m. EDT Saturday on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

  • NASA, ULA Launch Lucy Mission to ‘Fossils’ of Planet Formation
    on 16/10/2021 at 10:23

    NASA’s Lucy mission, the agency’s first to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, launched at 5:34 a.m. EDT Saturday on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

  • NASA, Boeing to Provide Update on Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test-2
    by Linda Herridge on 16/10/2021 at 08:19

    NASA and Boeing will hold a joint teleconference at 2:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 19, to update media on the company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. Teams will discuss work on the oxidizer isolation valve issue that was discovered ahead of the planned uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission to the International Space Station in August. Participants in …

  • NASA, Boeing to Provide Update on Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test-2
    on 15/10/2021 at 21:07

    NASA and Boeing will hold a joint teleconference at 2:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 19, to update media on the company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft.

  • NASA Awards Audit Services Contracts
    on 15/10/2021 at 19:57

    NASA has awarded contracts to Booth Management Consulting LLC of Columbia, Maryland; Castro & Company LLC of Alexandria, Virginia; Deva & Associates PC of Rockville, Maryland; Hamilton Enterprises LLC of Greenbelt, Maryland; Reed & Associates, CPAs Inc. of Manassas, Virginia; Regis & Associates PC of Washington; and Tichenor & Associates LLP of Lou

  • Meet the Lucy Team: Donya Douglas-Bradshaw
    on 15/10/2021 at 16:36

    From humble beginnings to becoming a project manager for NASA’s next asteroid mission, Donya Douglas-Bradshaw shows what can be accomplished with hard work and perseverance.

  • Solar storm stirs stunning aurora
    on 15/10/2021 at 16:00

    Video: 00:00:29 After the Sun ejected a violent mass of fast-moving plasma into space on 9 October, ESA waited for the storm to strike. A few days later, the coronal mass ejection (CME) arrived at Earth, crashing into our planet’s magnetosphere, and lighting up the sky.CMEs explode from the Sun, rush through the Solar System and while doing so speed up the solar wind – a stream of charged particles continuously released from the Sun’s upper atmosphere.While most of the solar wind is blocked by Earth’s protective magnetosphere, some charged particles become trapped in Earth’s magnetic field and flow down to the geomagnetic poles, colliding with the upper atmosphere to create the beautiful Aurora.A marbled skyThis stunning video was created from images taken every minute during this recent period of intense auroral activity in the early hours of 12 October, by an all-sky camera in Kiruna, Sweden – part of ESA’s Space Weather Service Network. The goal of such cameras is to view as much as the sky as possible, so they are fitted with a ‘fish-eye’ lens to see horizon to horizon when pointed straight up.The video, running in half-speed to accentuate the beautiful auroral motion, starts with a mass of green, swirling structures, created when energetic particles in the solar wind collide with oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere, which then, ‘excited’ gives off light in the green range of the electromagnetic spectrum. This typically occurs at around 120 – 180 kilometres from Earth’s surface.As we humans have evolved to be very adept at seeing different shades of green, it’s the most predominant colour we see. Harder to see is the purple aurora seen later in the video, this time created as energetic particles strike ‘ionic’ nitrogen in Earth’s atmosphere.Not just beautiful, such observations are vital to understanding the complex, and sometimes hazardous interactions between the Sun and Earth.“What I love about this video is the chance to see this beautiful, purple aurora, more clearly visible during intense geomagnetic storms” explains Hannah Laurens, RHEA Space Weather Applications Scientist based at ESOC.“The movement of this swirly structure in space and time is often referred to as auroral dynamics, and this is very important when studying the relationship between the ionosphere and magnetosphere, linked by lines of magnetic field. The aurora is a manifestation of complex drivers operating in the distant magnetosphere which makes it a useful, and beautiful, tool with which to monitor space weather conditions”.A beautiful side of something more troublingThe all-sky auroral camera is operated by the Kiruna Atmospheric and Geophysical Observatory (KAGO) within the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF), and data from here is provided as part of the ESA’s network of space weather services within the Agency’s Space Safety Programme.This is the first auroral display captured by the instrument following its integration into the ESA Space Weather Portal, which provides timely information to anyone affected by the Sun’s outbursts – from airline pilots, to operators of spacecraft and power grids, or even hopeful aurora hunters.While humans on Earth are protected by Earth’s magnetic field, Space Weather can have an extreme and disruptive impact on satellites in orbit and infrastructure on Earth, and ultimately our society. For this reason, ESA’s Space Weather Service Network continues to monitor our star and the conditions around Earth, to provide information to keep our systems safe.In 2027, ESA will launch a first-of-its kind mission to monitor the Sun from a unique vantage point. Studying our star from the side, it will provide a stream of data that will warn of potentially hazardous regions before they roll into view from Earth.Find out more about Space Weather, and sign up for free updates from ESA’s Space Weather Service Network.Credit: All-sky camera, Kiruna Atmospheric and Geophysical Observatory (KAGO) within the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF). Data provided as part of ESA’s Space Weather Service Network.

  • International Observe the Moon Night 2021
    by Diana Hannikainen on 15/10/2021 at 15:35

    Join fellow lunar enthusiasts all over the world in celebrating the Moon this weekend. The post International Observe the Moon Night 2021 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.