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This week in space: lots of things about planets we don't live on

This week in space: lots of things about planets we don't live on There are three kinds of space weather: photons, plasma and protons.“These protons may be the biggest challenge of getting humans to Mars and back healthy,” Rodney Viereck, a physicist with NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, told NPR’s Morning Edition.

ESA satellite watches San Francisco's Millennium Tower sinking from space

ESA satellite watches San Francisco's Millennium Tower sinking from space If anything, Millennium Tower appears to be sinking even faster.Some in San Francisco say you can see the minor tilt from a sufficient distance away, but that might be confirmation bias.

The ESA has figured out what killed the Schiaparelli Mars lander

The ESA has figured out what killed the Schiaparelli Mars lander Official word has come from the ESA regarding the why and wherefore of Schiaparelli’s crash landing on the Martian surface.Mission scientists were able to recover data from the lander before its untimely demise, and that data has revealed much more about the sequence of events during Schiaparelli’s last moments.

This week in space: The future of NASA, the ESA diagnosed its Mars probe failure, and setbacks while resupplying the ISS

This week in space: The future of NASA, the ESA diagnosed its Mars probe failure, and setbacks while resupplying the ISS A Russian Progress spacecraft was lost six minutes into its resupply flight to the ISS on Thursday.But the ISS crew is all fine, they’re not out of supplies, and there’s another resupply flight scheduled for next week.

The year in space: Supernovas, gravitational waves, theoretical planets, and Hammer pants

The year in space: Supernovas, gravitational waves, theoretical planets, and Hammer pants The Great Observatory is still going strong after its 2009 tuneup, and now the Space Telescope Science Institute has a little bit more scratch to keep the Hubble project running until 2021.This year, the International Space Station made its 100,000th orbit around our planet.

This week in space: all stuff from inside the solar system, for once

This week in space: all stuff from inside the solar system, for once We don’t have direct access to the core — the best we can do is boreholes and, sometimes, magma.For some years, scientists have been pretty sure that the inner core of the Earth is made of 85% iron and 10% nickel.

6 upcoming space missions worth keeping an eye on

6 upcoming space missions worth keeping an eye on These are six of the most important upcoming missions that will get us there.We’ve been talking a lot about the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) lately — NASA has completed construction of the hardware, and is currently testing it on the ground.

Cold, mysterious, and also sad: this week in space

Cold, mysterious, and also sad: this week in space Navy, [he] left his mark on the history of exploration by flying three times in space, twice to the moon.In this case, the wave may form as the lower atmosphere flows over mountains on Venus’ surface.

Space rocks, a space telescope and a space station: this week in space

Space rocks, a space telescope and a space station: this week in space Cosmochemist Philipp Heck dissolved a rock in strong acid to liberate the tiny, crystalline bits of ancient asteroid within.They’ve been collaborating with the ESA to use the Hubble Space Telescope to measure the expansion of the Universe.

Video Game Lobby Group Gives Measured Statement On Trump Immigrant Ban

Video Game Lobby Group Gives Measured Statement On Trump Immigrant Ban Today, the Entertainment Software Association, which represents the U.” Since Saturday, travelers and duel-nationals from Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and Syria have been barred from entering the U.

E3 Opens Its Doors to the Public for the First Time

E3 Opens Its Doors to the Public for the First Time Now, the world-famous video gaming convention will open its doors to the public like never before.The decision to open up all of E3 to the public was influenced by the success of last year’s E3 Live Event, which was free to the public.

Cassini readings from Enceladus show a thin icy crust and surprising heat below

Cassini readings from Enceladus show a thin icy crust and surprising heat below These jets originate from the “tiger stripes,” four warm fractures in the moon’s icy surface.“During this flyby, we obtained the first and, unfortunately, only high-resolution observations of Enceladus’ south pole at microwave wavelengths,” said lead author Alice Le Gall in a statement.

Spectacular zero-gravity landslide captured in progress on Comet 67P

Spectacular zero-gravity landslide captured in progress on Comet 67P This is the first time anyone has ever caught direct evidence of a landslide on a comet.The landslide, which took place in July of 2015, would not have looked like any landslide on Earth when it was happening.

Liquid mirror: inside the temple planned for the Moon's south pole

Liquid mirror: inside the temple planned for the Moon's south pole Looking ahead to the “spiritual, social, and psychological needs” of lunar colonists, Jorge Mañes Rubio, the ESA’s artist in residence, wants to build a temple near the south pole of the moon.It would be “an oasis of warm sunlight surrounded by a desert of freezing cold darkness,” said NASA’s Adrian Stoica.

ESA: Time to Get Serious About Removing Space Junk

ESA: Time to Get Serious About Removing Space Junk Scientists have been sounding the alarm about the buildup of space junk for years, a point that was reinforced at the recent European Conference on Space Debris.We’ve launched some 7,000 spacecraft as a species since 1957 when Sputnik kicked off the space race.

Cassini Probe Puts a Ring On Earth Before it Dies

Cassini Probe Puts a Ring On Earth Before it Dies If you’re a space nerd, you’re probably familiar with the Cassini probe.It, alongside the Huygens lander, were part of a joint ESA and NASA mission to study Saturn and its moons.

ExoMars Lander Crashed Because It Thought It Was Underground

ExoMars Lander Crashed Because It Thought It Was Underground However, the Schiaparelli lander encountered issues during its descent and was lost.The saucer-shaped Schiaparelli lander undocked from the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and started its descent on October 19th of last year.

One of the largest icebergs ever recorded just broke free of Antarctica

One of the largest icebergs ever recorded just broke free of Antarctica One of the largest icebergs ever recorded — measuring about the size of Delaware and containing a volume of ice twice the size of Lake Erie — has broken free from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in northwest Antarctica, according to scientists monitoring the region.It will likely be designated "A68" by officials who track the movement of icebergs to avert shipping accidents.

Best-Ever Image of Distant Star Shows Puzzling 'Vigorous' Currents

Best-Ever Image of Distant Star Shows Puzzling 'Vigorous' Currents The red supergiant star Antares is one of the brightest objects in the sky, and that makes it an attractive target for astronomers.Indeed, an international team of scientists has acquired an incredibly detailed image of the star — it’s the best image ever of a star outside our solar system, which could help us unravel some mysteries of stellar evolution.