American Space News for 22 Sep 2022
NASA's Artemis 1 moon rocket passed a critical fueling test Wednesday (Sept. 21), potentially keeping it on track for a planned Sept. 27 liftoff.
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have spotted signs of a "hot spot" orbiting Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the center of our galaxy. The finding helps... astronomers better understand the enigmatic and dynamic environment of our supermassive black hole.
Cyberattacks and geopolitics threaten today's increasingly digital world, leading to the disruption of essential supplies such as power and water. ESA, the European Commission and space companies in... Europe are teaming up to work towards a highly secure, satellite-enabled connectivity system for the EU - based on the unbreakable laws of physics.
DoD and the intelligence community are laying out requirements for how they would use commercial space systems during wartime The post As DoD grows more reliant on space industry, it needs to define... the relationship appeared first on SpaceNews.
Axiom Space says it’s working with the Saudi Space Commission to send two spacefliers from the Arab kingdom, including the first Saudi woman to go into orbit, to the International Space Station... as early as next year. The inclusion of a female astronaut is particularly notable for Saudi Arabia — where women were forbidden to …
NASA will hold a media teleconference at 12:30 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 23, to discuss the cryogenic demonstration test conducted Wednesday, Sept. 21, ahead of the next Artemis I launch attempt.
Super-thin planet nurseries have a boosted chance of forming big planets, according to a study announced this week at the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2022 in Granada, Spain. An international... team, led by Dr. Marion Villenave of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), observed a remarkably thin disk of dust and gas around a young star, and found that its structure accelerated the process of grains clumping together to form planets.
According to satellite observations, Arctic sea ice reached its annual minimum extent on Sept. 18, 2022. The ice cover shrank to an area of 4.67 million square kilometers (1.80 million square miles)... this year, roughly 1.55 million square kilometers (598,000 square miles) below the 1981-2010 average minimum of 6.22 million square kilometers (2.40 million square miles).
On Thursday, Sept. 29, at 2:36 a.m. PDT (5:36 a.m. EDT), NASA's Juno spacecraft will come within 222 miles (358 kilometers) of the surface of Jupiter's ice-covered moon, Europa. The solar-powered... spacecraft is expected to obtain some of the highest-resolution images ever taken of portions of Europa's surface, as well as collect valuable data on the moon's interior, surface composition, and ionosphere, along with its interaction with Jupiter's magnetosphere.
SpaceX's Starship Mars rocket is getting some work done to gear up for its coming orbital launch attempt.
China's Tianwen 1 Mars mission has been awarded one of the spaceflight world's most prestigious awards.
The quality of ground-based astronomical observations delicately depends on the clarity of the atmosphere above the location from which they are made. Sites for telescopes are therefore very carefully... selected. They are often high above sea level, so that less atmosphere stands between them and their targets. Many telescopes are also built in deserts, as clouds and even water vapor hinder a clear view of the night sky.
On Monday, Sept. 26th, the DART mission will collide with an asteroid to test a method of planetary defense. The even will be hosted live around the world! The post The World’s Ground Stations... are Getting Ready to Watch a Spacecraft Crash Into an Asteroid Next Week! appeared first on Universe Today.
NASA's DART mission mimics what scientists would do if an asteroid were headed toward Earth, but there are a few differences compared to defense against a real asteroid impact.
Satellites watch the Atlantic hurricane season of 2022 pick up momentum after a slow start as hurricane Fiona becomes a Category 4 hurricane and four more tropical depressions brew above the ocean.
Stone samples brought back to Earth from asteroid Ryugu have had their elemental composition analyzed using an artificially generated muon beam from the particle accelerator in J-PARC. Researchers... found a number of important elements needed to sustain life, including carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen, but also found the oxygen abundance relative to silicon in asteroid Ryugu was different from all meteorites that have been found on Earth, reports a new study in Science.
Saudi Arabia has started an astronaut program and plans to send two of its citizens to space -- at least one of them a woman -- as early as 2023.
Mangata Networks, a U.S. satellite startup founded by a former OneWeb executive, has applied for a U.K. license to connect broadband terminals to its planned multi-orbit constellation. The post... Mangata seeks permission to connect UK user terminals appeared first on SpaceNews.
In the first-of-its kind, save-the-world experiment, NASA is about to clobber a small, harmless asteroid millions of miles away.
China is planning an ambitious two-for-one shot to the outer planets with a pair of spacecraft to launch for Jupiter and Uranus around 2030.
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At the 2022 International Astronautical Congress in Paris, France, the University of Manchester and Breakthrough Listen (the initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe) announced a... reanalysis of existing data that extends the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) into a new realm of parameter space and places stringent limits on the existence of extragalactic technosignatures.
Maritime connectivity specialist Marlink will offer Starlink to its customers as SpaceX's broadband service turns to partners to expand beyond the consumer market. The post Marlink to offer Starlink... to maritime and enterprise customers appeared first on SpaceNews.
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