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The week in space: A failed Milky Way, a shadow Planet 9 and an earth-shattering kaboom

The week in space: A failed Milky Way, a shadow Planet 9 and an earth-shattering kaboom It’s still sending us photos from Ceres, well after its planned EOL, and NASA intends to wring out every bit of science it can.Speaking of cold, dark things that are unhelpfully far away and difficult to observe, scientists presented evidence for another planetoid in our solar system, dubbed Planet 9 (from outer space!

Juno’s first close-up images of Jupiter reveal a very different gas giant

Juno’s first close-up images of Jupiter reveal a very different gas giant NASA’s Juno probe reached the planet several weeks ago, and has just sent back its first close-up photos.The harsh radiation emanating from the gas giant could be harmful to the probe’s systems over long periods, so Juno is in a highly elliptical polar orbit.

Juno, Philae, and really fast fire: this week in space

Juno, Philae, and really fast fire: this week in space The ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft found their lost Philae lander, which ended up crashed on its asteroid, lodged in a crevice sort of like a turtle on its back.Now we can put context to the disoriented, hard-to-interpret images that confused Philae sent us while it was laying in the ditch.

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.