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Mars rover plagued with ongoing rock drill malfunction

Mars rover plagued with ongoing rock drill malfunction Indeed, it’s wheels are getting banged up, the ChemCam autofocus has gone wonky, and now Curiosity’s rock drill stopped working on December 1.That’s why the rover was equipped with a percussion drill at the end of its 7-foot robotic arm.

NASA says dwarf planet Ceres has plenty of water ice

NASA says dwarf planet Ceres has plenty of water ice That doesn’t mean Ceres is lacking in water ice.On its way to Ceres, the ion engine-powered craft swing by the asteroid Vesta.

NORAD tracks Santa, and everyone else has orbital ambitions: this week in space

NORAD tracks Santa, and everyone else has orbital ambitions: this week in space Between the three supermoons and the lunar eclipse, NASA’s tentative overtures toward manned lunar exploration, and the Lunar X Prize, the moon has been a constant presence in the news.Even the ESA is leaning toward literal moonshots; as part of “Space 4.

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.

A new space firm plans a commercial station to take over for the ISS

A new space firm plans a commercial station to take over for the ISS The International Space Station is getting on in years, and at some point in the next decade we’re going to learn the date of its shutdown.A new company called Axiom Space has a plan to launch a commercial space station in the next few years, which would get its start as a module attached to the ISS.

NASA tells astronomers to submit proposals for James Webb Telescope observations

NASA tells astronomers to submit proposals for James Webb Telescope observations Now that the telescope has been built and is undergoing final testing, NASA has turned its attention to the future — namely, what the Webb Telescope is going to do once it’s deployed.The space agency has asked astronomers to start submitting proposals for observations beginning in April 2019.

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.

NASA takes an amazing photo of Earth from Mars

NASA takes an amazing photo of Earth from Mars The powerful scientific instruments we’ve deployed to the Red Planet can occasionally give us a glimpse of our own humble planet from a different perspective.NASA has just released a new image that shows Earth and the Moon as seen from Mars, courtesy of the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

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.

SpaceX returns to flight in style, launching satellites and landing another rocket

SpaceX returns to flight in style, launching satellites and landing another rocket Elon Musk's private space company just successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket to space following an explosion in Sept.The company returned to flight in style, too, by landing its seventh rocket stage back on Earth after delivering a payload to space.

Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, has passed away

Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, has passed away Yesterday, on Martin Luther King Day, the last man to set foot on the moon passed away.That left Cernan as the pilot and Thomas Stafford as the command pilot on Gemini 9A.

NASA and NOAA confirm 2016 was the warmest year on record

NASA and NOAA confirm 2016 was the warmest year on record This is the third consecutive year when global temperatures hit record highs.This data goes all the way back to when scientists started tracking global temperatures in the 1880s.

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.

Lucky rocket just left Trump's America behind

Lucky rocket just left Trump's America behind The day Donald Trump was sworn in as president, this rocket was busy ditching Earth.The rocket's payload — the Air Force's Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO Flight 3 satellite — is designed to help detect missile launches worldwide.

6 scientists are living like they're on Mars for the next 8 months

6 scientists are living like they're on Mars for the next 8 months A group of researchers have just begun their eight-month-mission on Mars.The HI-SEAS missions are designed, at least in part, to help NASA figure out exactly how people will behave under conditions similar to those astronauts may face on Mars.

Anon doesn't want to explore the oceans.

Anon doesn't want to explore the oceans. will Trump make a new agency that is NASA for the ocean'?We have a better map of the Moon than the ocean floor.

NOAA's new GOES-16 weather satellite sends back stunning first images

NOAA's new GOES-16 weather satellite sends back stunning first images NASA and NOAA launched a new weather satellite back in November of 2016 called GOES-R.The newest and most advanced weather satellite keeping watch over America is GOES-16.

A group of college students wants to brew beer on the moon, because why not

A group of college students wants to brew beer on the moon, because why not The moon: Great and all, but don't you think it's missing something?Or so says a team of obviously brilliant (though potentially drunk) engineering students from the University of California, San Diego, who want to brew suds.

Hidden Figures Is Great, but Playing This Game Makes It Even Better

Hidden Figures Is Great, but Playing This Game Makes It Even Better Chances are good that you can’t genuinely grasp how small a person is compared to the Earth, much less what that means in the vast void of space.There is a game that I think Johnson and her colleagues would be fans of, though: Kerbal Space Program.