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NASA’s big announcement was worth the wait: confirmed cryovolcanoes on Europa

NASA’s big announcement was worth the wait: confirmed cryovolcanoes on Europa After much anticipation, NASA held a press conference on Monday to detail new findings from images of Jupiter’s moon Europa.These plumes of water ice, sometimes referred to as “cryovolcanoes,” are exciting targets for further scientific study.

Trouble around Mars and Jupiter: this week in space

Trouble around Mars and Jupiter: this week in space NASA and ESA are joining forces to try to re-establish communications between Schiaparelli and its sister spacecraft, TGO, or even Mars Express or the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, all of which are active in orbit around Mars.A little further out, Eta Carinae is a colossal binary star system that’s really tearing up its environment.

This week in space: DARPA, Juno, and no aliens

This week in space: DARPA, Juno, and no aliens A software hiccup seems to have been behind the spacecraft entering safe mode on October 19, because when mission control told it to come back out of safe mode five days later, nothing physical appeared to be wrong.“Juno exited safe mode as expected, is healthy and is responding to all our commands,” said Rick Nybakken, Juno project manager.

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.

NASA plans two new Discovery Program asteroid intercept missions

NASA plans two new Discovery Program asteroid intercept missions The first mission to launch will be dubbed Lucy, a probe built by Lockheed-Martin to study Jupiter’s so-called Trojan asteroids.The plan is to launch Lucy in October 2021 for an efficient transfer to Jupiter’s orbit.

Hubble telescope to scout the Voyagers' paths through interstellar space

Hubble telescope to scout the Voyagers' paths through interstellar space Our Voyager spacecraft are boldly going where no man has gone before.Both Voyager spacecraft were launched in 1977, on missions to visit Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Please leave me alone while I stare at this photo of Jupiter

Please leave me alone while I stare at this photo of Jupiter Come look at this photo of Jupiter with me, won't you?The image, taken by NASA's somewhat troubled, but still functioning Juno spacecraft orbiting the giant plant, shows off Jupiter's clouds swirling and storms brewing.

This week in space: VR, Juno, and Wavey McWaveface

This week in space: VR, Juno, and Wavey McWaveface The first gravitational wave ever sensed by mankind has a Twitter account, and you people voted to name it Wavey McWaveface.Taken with its JunoCam instrument in the visible spectrum, the image shows the terrible storms and vortices around the turbulent pole.

This week in space: Pluto, Europa, and 96 Planet nanosats

This week in space: Pluto, Europa, and 96 Planet nanosats ” Counting the 96 new ones, that brings Planet’s constellation to 149, which is also a world record.The latest news on Proxima b is that scientists have revised the odds on its habitability, probably downward.

NASA's Juno will stay in its 53-day orbit around Jupiter after engine troubles

NASA's Juno will stay in its 53-day orbit around Jupiter after engine troubles In light of engine troubles, NASA scientists have determined Juno should remain in its current 53-day orbit around Jupiter.Radiation hardening was one of the main mission considerations when building Juno, as Jupiter’s ludicrous magnetic field is enough to fry even the boldest of spacecraft.

This week in space: rockets, telescopes, and exoplanets

This week in space: rockets, telescopes, and exoplanets At the ESO facility in the Atacama, one of their telescopes is named TRAPPIST, in homage to the monks.That telescope was used to discover seven earthlike exoplanets around TRAPPIST-1, a nearby ultracool dwarf star.

Jupiter has a 'Great Cold Spot' to go with its red spot

Jupiter has a 'Great Cold Spot' to go with its red spot Astronomers say the Great Red Spot of Jupiter might have a subtle counterpart currently being called the Great Cold Spot.Seeing the Great Red Spot was a simple matter of building a sufficiently powerful telescope.

Scientists Detect Giant Waves of Lava on Jupiter's Moon Io

Scientists Detect Giant Waves of Lava on Jupiter's Moon Io Jupiter’s moon Io would be a terrible place to visit, with active volcanoes and planes of sulfur-dioxide frost.As Europa slid across Io (right), astronomers took readings with the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (LBTO) in Arizona.

This Week in Space: the ISS, a Heavy Rocket, and a Dance of Alien Planets

This Week in Space: the ISS, a Heavy Rocket, and a Dance of Alien Planets com, Aldrin remarked that “We must retire the ISS as soon as possible…We simply cannot afford $3.Now SpaceX has successfully tested the rocket module at the core of the upcoming Falcon Heavy as well.

NASA Releases Stunning First Science Results from Jupiter Probe Juno

NASA Releases Stunning First Science Results from Jupiter Probe Juno Then there’s Jupiter’s incredibly strong magnetic field.766 Gauss, a whopping ten times more powerful than Earth’s magnetic field and twice what was as expected.