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Mon Jan 22



Bright Spot on Ceres Has Dimmer Companion
jpl.nasa.gov [CERES]
Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASAs Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object. [...]




Mon Jan 22



NASA Radar Spots Relatively Large Asteroid Prior to Flyby
jpl.nasa.gov [NASA]
Radar images of asteroid 2014 JO25 were obtained early Tuesday morning, with NASAs 70-meter antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California. [...]




Mon Jan 22



Small Asteroid or Comet Visits from Beyond the Solar System
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
A small, recently discovered asteroid -- or perhaps a comet -- appears to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy. [...]




Mon Jan 22



Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons
jpl.nasa.gov [SPACE]
A spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves. [...]




Mon Jan 22



Dawn Maneuvering to Third Science Orbit
jpl.nasa.gov [ORBIT]
NASAs Dawn spacecraft is using its ion propulsion system to descend to its third mapping orbit at Ceres, and all systems are operating well. [...]




Mon Jan 22



Comet Flying by Earth Observed with Radar and Infrared
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
Astronomers captured detailed radar images of a comet that passed Earth this week. [...]




Mon Jan 22



First evidence of winds outside black holes throughout their mealtimes
ScienceDaily [BLACK]
New research shows the first evidence of strong winds around black holes throughout bright outburst events when a black hole rapidly consumes mass. The study sheds new light on how mass transfers to black holes and how black holes can affect the environment around them. [...]




Mon Jan 22



Government Shutdown Shuts Down Falcon Heavy Test
Nasawatch [HEAVY]
SpaceX Cant Test Falcon Heavy During U.S. Government Shutdown, Newsweek "A statement from the 45th Space Wing read: "Due to the shutdown removing key members of the civilian workforce, the 45th Space Wing will not be able to support commercial static fires taking place on KSC. Without our civilian workforce, the 45th SW is unable to support launch operations as well." The 45th Space Wing is a department of the Air Force supporting space missions. The Verge reported that it w [...]




Mon Jan 22



Googles $20 million Lunar Xprize will end without a winner
Engadget [MILLION]
The Lunar Xprize is about to come to an anticlimactic end after more than a decade. Google has confirmed to CNBC that it doesnt plan to extend the $20 million competition past its March 31st deadline -- itself an extension well beyond the original 2014 end date. Given that all the finalists either dont have the funds to continue or dont expect to launch that quickly (the fastest, SpaceIL, might not launch before the end of 2018), the competition is effectively over with no winners. Not that Go [...]




Mon Jan 22



Big Star Trek: Discovery Twist Proves Fan Theories Right (Again!)
Space [STAR]
Smart "Star Trek: Discovery" fans saw this plot twist coming, too. [...]

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