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Rover 1A Hops on Asteroid Ryugu Two small robots have begun hopping around the surface of asteroid Ryugu. The rovers, each the size of a small frying pan, move around the low gravity of kilometer-sized 162173 Ryugu by hopping, st…

Pakistan steps forward in astronomy and space sciences KARACHI: Pakistan's Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission, which is often criticised by Pakistani scientific community for not being on par with its Indian or Chinese counterparts, sent two satellites in space from a launching facility in China this July.

Fueling BepiColumbo You can tell the launch of BepiColumbo is getting closer as the orbiters are fueled before launch. To be completely accurate this image is "preparing" for fueling. BepiColumbo is scheduled for launch next month. I believe the target date is 19 October.

I Finished My 4th NASA Internship! I am so lucky to have finished my fourth NASA internship! This post is a little delayed as I was finishing up my internship, finishing summer school courses, moving back across the country from Washington D.C. to Tucson, AZ, and then started school shortly after.

Analemma Happy Autumn equinox… Explanation: Does the Sun return to the same spot on the sky every day at the same time? No. A more visual answer to that question is an analemma, a composite image taken from the same spot at the same time over the course of a year.

Did They Make It? The Japanese HAYABUSA 2 spacecraft has successfully deployed two tiny robots towards the Asteroid Ryugu. Waiting to hear if the landings were successful and all is well. I hope so! Here's a JAXA press release. More to come.

Nasir al-Din al-Tusi compiled his most influential works while residing at Alamut Nasir-al-Din al-Tusi one of the major intellectual figures of the thirteenth century, was born in Tus in Khurasan into a Twelver Shi'i family. Encouraged by his father to learn all disciplines of knowledge, al-Tusi went to Nishapur to study mathematics, astronomy, and philosophy.

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell: 'We Would Launch A Weapon to Defend the US' During an appearance on Monday at the Air Force Association's annual symposium, Shotwell was thrown a question she said she had never heard before: "Would SpaceX launch military weapons?" "I've never been asked that question," Shotwell said somewhat surprised.

How to Grow Crops on Mars If We Are to Live on the Red Planet Preparations are already underway for missions that will land humans on Mars in a decade or so. But what would people eat if these missions eventually lead to the permanent colonization of the red planet? Once humans do make it to Mars, a major challenge for any colony will be to generate a stable supply of food.

Watch Stars Drift and Constellations Change Shape Using Mobile Apps In this edition of Mobile Astronomy, we'll focus on wandering stars. We'll highlight some fast-moving ones and tell you how to see them using your favorite astronomy app.

Satellite Flare Photobombs a Lunar Eclipse Under the Milky Way A satellite flare photobombs a lunar eclipse while several planets and the Milky Way sparkle overhead in this stunning photo from Portugal's Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve.

Question The Black Hole It's 5:11am… And the word "black hole" popped in my introverted brain,. Also Black Hole Sun was one of my favorite songs growing up, anyway, so here it is… Question The Black Hole. By Scherezade Ozwulo. Black hole. A creation that destroys the inevitable Your force is unlike no other.

Equinox: Analemma over the Callanish Stones Does the Sun return to the same spot on the sky every day at the same time? No. A more visual answer to that question is an analemma, a composite image taken from the same spot at the same time ove…

It's Sep 22, First Day of Spring! Let's Balance an Egg! It's the myth that refuses to die: on or about March 21, the vernal equinox, then-and only then-can an egg be balanced on its end. This nonsense has been debunked so many times you'd think it would have disappeared into the annals of history. You'd have thought wrong.

Videos: "Landing Model Rockets" - Barnard Propulsion Systems I've posted a couple of times about Joe Barnard's development of model rockets that can land vertically like a SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage. This article is about Barnard and his rockets: Meet the Amateur Rocketeer Building Self-Landing Replicas of SpaceX Rockets - Motherboard.

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully drops rovers on asteroid Ryugu Two small spacecraft the size and shape of cheese wheels have made history by sending home pictures of their successful landing on an asteroid. The probes, collectively named MINERVA-II1, were dropped from Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft Friday onto asteroid Ryugu from a height of about 60 meters.

Space is Not Empty: The Omnipresent Proteus "THERE are many false ideas that are dterived from the 'Big Bang' dogma. The point is simple: This dismal, depressing, lifeless, soulless, disconnected, Godless, pessimistic goo is what allegedly constitutes our reality." .

They Made It! Japan's Two Hopping Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid Ryugu JAXA announced Saturday that two tiny hoppers had made it safely onto the surface of the asteroid Ryugu.

Thoughts about the Sunspot Observatory Closure From 1995 until 2001, I worked on New Mexico State University's 1-meter telescope at Apache Point Observatory. The observatory is about one mile down highway 6563 from the Sunspot Solar Observatory. The highway gets its number because the hydrogen-alpha spectral line which is important to solar astronomy is at 6563 angstroms.

Hologram of NASA Astronaut Mae Jemison Arrives at NYC's Intrepid Museum NEW YORK - Visitors at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on the Hudson River here can now come face to face with a hologram of Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space.

Japanese Cargo Ship Launching Toward Space Station Today: Watch Live A Japanese cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch toward the International Space Station today, and you can watch the action live. The robotic HTV-7 cargo ship will lift off atop an H-II rocket from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center at 1:52 p.m. EDT, if all goes according to plan.

Rover Team Confident Curiosity Will Bounce Back from Glitch It's still unclear exactly what's ailing NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, but mission team members are optimistic they can get the six-wheeled robot up and running again. Since last Saturday night, Curiosity has had trouble beaming home to Earth certain science and engineering data stored in its memory.

Why the Autumnal Equinox Doesn't Fall on the Same Day Every Year EDT, the sun will cross the celestial equator, or an imaginary line that projects Earth's equator into space.

To see the stars Night time light pollution is real. The increasing encroachment of urban artificial lights has wiped out stars from the night sky. On an average, the only things we can see in the night sky from a city on a clear night are the moon, the planets, the blinking lights of aeroplanes and about 20-30 stars.

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