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New Project Blue space telescope to image exoplanets in Alpha Centauri

New Project Blue space telescope to image exoplanets in Alpha Centauri Now a just-announced collaboration called Project Blue has been founded to launch a lightweight, low-overhead space telescope, to look at the two largest stars in that system, Alpha Centauri A and B.The idea is that the Project Blue telescope would directly image any orbiting planets within the stars’ habitable zones.

NASA is experimenting with VR to deal with isolation on missions to Mars

NASA is experimenting with VR to deal with isolation on missions to Mars NASA teamed up with Time and 8i to create a VR version of Buzz Aldrin, and gave it to participants in NASA’s HI-SEAS simulated Mars expeditions.Now he’s lending his VR presence to astronauts with an inspirational message, along with entertainer Reggie Watts, who will beatbox and crack jokes.

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.

New images from NASA show the final resting place of Europe's ExoMars lander

New images from NASA show the final resting place of Europe's ExoMars lander Earlier this month, the European Space Agency lost contact with the lander stage of its ExoMars mission.The lander, Schiaparelli, separated from the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter on October 16, and began its descent on October 19.

NASA cautiously re-approaches manned lunar exploration

NASA cautiously re-approaches manned lunar exploration The agency put out a Request For Information for a “Small Lunar Surface Payload” program, and the request acknowledges the ability of US commercial outfits to develop lunar probes or landers.” just yet, but this is clearly aimed in the direction of more manned lunar exploration.

NASA completes construction of the James Webb Space Telescope

NASA completes construction of the James Webb Space Telescope The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) comes up a lot when we talk about the very boundaries of our understanding of the cosmos.For more than a quarter century, the Hubble Space Telescope has been our best window to the wider universe, but it can only do so much.

NASA advisory committee raises concerns about SpaceX's fueling practices

NASA advisory committee raises concerns about SpaceX's fueling practices But there’s an advisory committee at NASA that thinks SpaceX has a whole different problem with their fuel handling procedures.To wit: SpaceX intends to fuel its rocket right before launch, with the crew already aboard, and the ISS advisory committee understandably isn’t crazy about that idea.

This week in space: Hubble's successor is complete, NASA tussles with SpaceX

This week in space: Hubble's successor is complete, NASA tussles with SpaceX The JWST is the successor to Hubble, and now that it’s done with construction, it’s supposed to launch in 2018.Another advisory committee at NASA has a bone to pick with SpaceX’s launch procedures, too.

MIT's ultra-light composite morphing aircraft wing harkens back to the Wright brothers

MIT's ultra-light composite morphing aircraft wing harkens back to the Wright brothers The new composite wing would do away with weight and complexity of flaps and ailerons.For the test, the morphing wings were configured to use the twisting process to replace the ailerons and flaps.

NASA and FEMA hold exercise to simulate unavoidable asteroid impact

NASA and FEMA hold exercise to simulate unavoidable asteroid impact Technology gives us a shot at stopping the worst-case scenario, something that experts from NASA and FEMA recently got together to simulate.The exercise included representatives from NASA, FEMA, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories, the US Air Force, and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

This week in space: a leaked paper on the EM Drive and a supermoon

This week in space: a leaked paper on the EM Drive and a supermoon A recently leaked paper on the controversial and relatively unknown EM Drive led to a lot of articles with titles like “Leaked paper proves EM drive works.” The leaked paper hasn’t made it through peer review, guys, so it has the same scientific reliability as a pile of Bazooka Joe wrapper comics.

Scientists push for 2020 launch of asteroid deflection test

Scientists push for 2020 launch of asteroid deflection test The ESA and NASA are pushing for a 2020 mission to test technologies that could help us deflect an object before it smacks into Earth.The joint European-US Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) is still in the planning stages, but it could launch in 2020.

Boom Technologies unveils its new supersonic jet prototype

Boom Technologies unveils its new supersonic jet prototype Back in the late 1960s, British and French airlines formed an alliance to build a new, supersonic passenger jet.For the past 13 years, we’ve had no supersonic jets in-service with any airline — but Boom Technologies is hoping to change that.

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.

NASA and NOAA launch most advanced weather satellite ever

NASA and NOAA launch most advanced weather satellite ever A new weather satellite is on its way into space, but it’s unlike any of the weather satellites we have right now.The satellite is currently on its way to a geostationary orbit at 22,300 miles above the Earth.

NASA releases new image of mysterious bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres

NASA releases new image of mysterious bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres Depending on how you want to define a planet, Ceres could almost be a fit.Most recently, Dawn moved to an altitude of 960 miles (1480 kilometers), which is how the latest images of the bright spots were captured.

Take it from a Canadian: Science in America is headed for dark, dark days

Take it from a Canadian: Science in America is headed for dark, dark days This week, we saw the first of what will surely be many headlines pitting the incoming Trump administration against the outgoing principles of science in government research.One of the President-elect’s key advisers has informed the media that NASA’s climate research division will be dramatically defunded.

Top space books to get as holiday gifts

Top space books to get as holiday gifts It’s that time of year, where everyone wishes they could escape holiday gatherings and just hide in a corner and read.Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space draws readers through Carl Sagan’s take on the history of space travel and where it’s headed.

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.