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Fri Sep 23



Four NASA Satellites Set Record for Formation Flying in Space
Space [NASA]
Four individual satellites of NASAs Magnetospheric Multiscale mission (MMS) set a record for the closest flying formation ever achieved by a multi-craft space mission. The satellite quartet orbits Earth, studying magnetic reconnection. [...]




Fri Sep 23



Rosettas Lander Philae Wakes From Comet Nap
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
Rosettas Philae lander wakes up from hibernation on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. [...]




Fri Sep 23



New Moon
Stardate.org [MOON]
The Moon is new today at 12:38 p.m. CDT as it crosses the line between Earth and Sun. Our satellite world is lost in the Sun’s glare, but will return to view as a thin crescent shortly after sunset tomorrow or the next day. [...]




Fri Sep 23



Ceres Bright Spots Seen in Striking New Detail
jpl.nasa.gov [CERES]
The brightest spots on the dwarf planet Ceres gleam with mystery in new views delivered by NASAs Dawn spacecraft. [...]




Fri Sep 23



SpaceX Identifies Possible Cause in Pad Explosion
Nasawatch [SPACE]
SpaceX AMOS-6 Anomaly Update 23 September 2016, SpaceX "At this stage of the investigation, preliminary review of the data and debris suggests that a large breach in the cryogenic helium system of the second stage liquid oxygen tank took place. All plausible causes are being tracked in an extensive fault tree and carefully investigated. Through the fault tree and data review process, we have exonerated any connection with last years CRS-7 mishap." "... Pending the results [...]




Fri Sep 23



Asteroid to Fly By Earth Safely on January 26
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
The January 26 flyby of asteroid 2004 BL86 will be the closest by any known space rock this large until an asteroid flies past Earth in 2027. [...]




Thu Sep 22



ALMA Explores the Hubble Ultra Deep Field
Spacefellowship.com [HUBBLE]
International teams of astronomers have used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to explore the distant corner of the Universe first revealed in the iconic images of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF). These new ALMA observations are significantly deeper and sharper than previous surveys at millimetre wavelengths. They clearly show how the rate of star formation in young galaxies is closely related to their total mass in stars. They also trace the previously unknown abundance [...]




Fri Sep 23



ExoMars
Stardate.org [MARS]
Mars perches low in the south as night falls. It looks like a bright orange star to the left of teapot-shaped Sagittarius. A European spacecraft, ExoMars, is scheduled to arrive at Mars later this week. [...]




Fri Sep 23



Autumn Star
Stardate.org [AUTUMN]
The best sign in the night sky that fall has arrived is the appearance of the “autumn star.” It’s the only bright star that puts in its best showing during the nights of autumn: Fomalhaut, the leading light of Piscis Austrinus, the southern fish. [...]




Thu Sep 22



Rosetta Instrument Reignites Debate on Earths Oceans
jpl.nasa.gov [EARTHS]
A Rosetta spacecraft instrument has found that the composition of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenkos water vapor is significantly different from that found on Earth. [...]

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