Astronomy

Earth flyby gives astronomers close-up look at binary asteroid

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 04:00
A recent close pass by asteroid 1999 KW4 is helping scientists plan how to combat future asteroid threats.
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Engineers craft new plan to unstick NASA's Mars InSight lander

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 04:00
By using InSight's lander arm to lift the support structure of the lander's burrowing mole, engineers aim to get a better look at the blockage.
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ESA crafts plan to return a sample from Mars

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 04:00
The European Space Agency and NASA plan to launch a group of spacecraft, including rovers, orbiters, and launch vehicles, to return samples from Mars.
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Direct images show baby exoplanets stealing gas from their parent star

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 04:00
Astronomers spied two still-growing planets circling their host sun inside a gap in the debris around the star that they have carved for themselves.
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Dozens of new super-distant supernovae help chart the far-off cosmos

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 04:00
Among the new finds were extremely distant and extremely bright stellar explosions, which show astronomers how the universe is expanding.
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Clay found on Mars points toward watery past

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 04:00

Curiosity found signs of water from large amounts of clay, adding to the possibility Mars could have been hospitable for microbial life.

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Comets are teaching us how to make breathable oxygen in space

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 04:00
By mimicking how asteroids naturally convert carbon dioxide into molecular oxygen, researchers hope to one day turn human exhales into breaths of fresh air.
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Exploring the Moon: China's Chang'e missions

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
In less than 15 years, China has managed to establish itself as a major player in space exploration, largely due to a series of successful lunar missions.
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How NASA brought color TV to the Moon

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
NASA almost didn’t transmit live from the lunar surface. Their progress with TV — color TV in particular — helped revolutionize the tech.
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The NASA robots scouting out the Moon

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
Humans haven't returned to the lunar surface in 50 years, but NASA has robotic missions picking up the slack.
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Moon Village: Humanity's first step toward a lunar colony?

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
The science — and science fiction — of lunar construction tells us a lot about what a future Moon city might be like.
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The global race to return to the Moon

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00

And this time, to stay.

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A car for the Moon: The Lunar Roving Vehicle

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00

First conceived of in a Harper's magazine article by Wernher von Braun, these Moon cars let astronauts roam far from their landing site, collecting vital scientific samples.

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Barbara Crawford Johnson: The woman who pointed NASA's path to the Moon

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
She joined North American Aviation as an aerospace engineer at a time when few women had engineering degrees. She went on to work on Apollo, Skylab, and the Space Shuttle.
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Poppy Northcutt: The only woman in the Apollo control room

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00

At age 25, Frances Northcutt was vaulted to national fame as the first woman in NASA's flight control room.

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Apollo's influence on science fiction

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
NASA’s Apollo missions helped drive the stories told by science fiction writers. But once we'd seen the Moon, science fiction started turning its gaze to the far distant future.
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Apollo astronauts almost got to fly lunar jetpacks

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
Bell Aerospace built a Lunar Flying Unit that would have let Apollo astronauts explore vast distances on the Moon. NASA ultimately spiked the plans.
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Googie architecture: Space age themes shaped 'modern' style

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00

The space age changed the way designers looked at the world and left a lasting influence on the shape of everything from cars to appliances and even buildings.

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Marketing the Moon: How PR made the lunar landing a cultural moment

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
NASA's bold choices to open the Apollo Program for the world to see made the Moon landing humanity's first truly viral moment. But it could have instead ended in humiliation.
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