Saturday, February 24

NASA

Peregrine One Mission Lander Mission Experiences A Failure
Moon, NASA

Peregrine One Mission Lander Mission Experiences A Failure

On Monday, NASA tried to send the Peregrine Mission One Lander to the moon. After leaving Earth, the mission experienced some issues. According to NASA, there was a failure within the propulsion system that caused a critical loss of propellant.The idea behind this mission was to send five payloads to the moon, aboard Astrobiotic's Peregrine Lander. The payloads will aim to locate water molecules on the moon, measure radiation and gasses, and evaluate the lunar exosphere.Because of this failure, NASA will be abandoning the Peregrine One. It will become space debris. However, a second lander is scheduled to launch in February.Another moon mission, Artemis II, plans to send astronauts to the moon in 2026.Image Source: Astrobotic
NASA’s PACE Satellite Will Help Research The Climate
Climate Change, NASA

NASA’s PACE Satellite Will Help Research The Climate

Next month, NASA will launch a three-year mission to study Earth's atmosphere and oceans from space using the PACE Satellite.PACE Stands for Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud and Ocean Satellite. It's scheduled to launch as soon as February 6, and will help gather data to help fight air pollution and climate change.“The ocean and atmosphere interact in ways that need ongoing research to fully understand. With PACE, we’ll open our eyes to many new aspects of climate change.” Jeremy Werdell, project scientist for the PACE missionAccording to NASA, Climate Change's impact on the ocean is leading to sea levels rising, as well as marine heat haves to a loss of biodiversity.One thing PACE will help NASA do is view Phytoplankton. These are microscopic organisms that float near the water'...
The NISAR Satellite will Monitor Earth’s Changing Frozen Regions
NASA

The NISAR Satellite will Monitor Earth’s Changing Frozen Regions

NISAR, a satellite being developed between NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization, will launch soon. The satellite will measure some of the Earth's key vital signs, such as health of wetlands. In addition to that, it will also measure ground deformation by val cones to the dynamics of land and sea ice.NISAR stands for NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar, which will provide the most comprehensive picture to date of motion and deformation of frozen surfaces.“Our planet has the thermostat set on high, and Earth’s ice is responding by speeding up its motion and melting faster. We need to better understand the processes at play, and NISAR will provide measurements to do that.” Alex Gardner, a glaciologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.'The sate...
Astronomers Find Exoplanet HD 63433 D With Lava Hemisphere
Discoveries, NASA

Astronomers Find Exoplanet HD 63433 D With Lava Hemisphere

Astronomers have found another planet, which they are calling HD 63433 D. The planet is tidally locked, meaning there is a dayside which always faces its star and a side in constant darkness.This exoplanet is outside our solar system, and orbits around the star called HD 63433 (TOI 1726) in the HD 63433 system. Astronomers believe the exoplanet is younger than 500 million years old, which makes it the closets discovered earth-sized planet this young.The Astronomers analyzed this system using data from NASA's TESS Satellite, which spots planets when they cross in front of the star they orbit. The planet very close to the size of the Earth, with a diameter of 1.1 times the size of us. It's also orbiting a star that's similar to the size of our Sun. HD 63433 D orbits it's star much ...
NASA’s X-59 Supersonic Aircraft Will Be Revealed This Friday
Lockheed Martin, NASA

NASA’s X-59 Supersonic Aircraft Will Be Revealed This Friday

NASA's X-59 Supersonic Aircraft will be revealed this Friday, January 12 at 4PM. The reveal will happen with both NASA and prime contractor Lockheed Martin, on NASA TV.The event will be broadcasted from the Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works facility, in Palmdale, California - where the aircraft was made.“This is the big reveal. The rollout is a huge milestone toward achieving the overarching goal of the Quesst mission to quiet the sonic boom.” Catherine Bahm, Manager of NASA’s Low Boom Flight DemonstratorThe X-59 Supersonic Aircraft will take part in the Quesst mission, where it will demonstrate is quiet supersonic abilities. NASA will fly the aircraft over some USA communities, and will survey what people heard on the ground. The agency will then share data with regulators, who ...
Artemis III Moon Landing Has Been Delayed Until 2026
Moon, NASA

Artemis III Moon Landing Has Been Delayed Until 2026

In 1969, people landed on the moon for the first time. NASA wants to go back, but it looks like it might be longer. The Artemis III mission has been postponed to September 2026.Originally, NASA planned on sending people top the moon in September 2025. However, the space agency pushed the flight to 2026 to give the team more time.“We are returning to the Moon in a way we never have before, and the safety of our astronauts is NASA’s top priority as we prepare for future Artemis missions. We’ve learned a lot since Artemis I, and the success of these early missions relies on our commercial and international partnerships to further our reach and understanding of humanity’s place in our solar system." NASA Administrator Bill NelsonThis mission is named Artemis III, which is planned...
NASA Learns More About ” Green Monster ” In Cassiopeia A
NASA

NASA Learns More About ” Green Monster ” In Cassiopeia A

Using both NASA's Chandra X-ray observatory and the James Webb Telescope, NASA has been doing more research into Cassiopeia A. The research has helped them explain an unusual structure in the debris, from the destroyed star called the "Green Monster".The image above is a new composite image, which contains X-rays from the Chandra telescope and infrared data from the James Webb Telescope. Alongside this, the outer parts of the image include infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.This data reveals hot gas, mostly made from supernova debris from the destroyed star. This includes elements like Silicon and Iron. In the outer parts of Cassiopeia A, the expanding blast wave is striking surrounding gas that was ejected before the explosion.The debris are able to be seen by...
NASA’s Peregrine Lander Will Send 5 Payloads to the Moon
NASA

NASA’s Peregrine Lander Will Send 5 Payloads to the Moon

In it's first mission in 2024, NASA will send five payloads to the moon aboard it's Astrobotic's Peregrine Lander. The launch will happen under the agencies Commercial Lunar Payload Services this Monday.The payloads aboard Peregrine One will aim to locate water molecules on the moon, measure radiation and gasses, and evaluate the lunar atmosphere. The measurements will help NASA understand how solar radiation interacts with the lunar surface. Alongside this, the payloads will also provide data to NASA's Lunar-VISE instrument suite, which is slated to land on the Gruithuisen Domes in 2026.“We are so excited to see this vision become a reality. CLPS is an innovative way of leveraging American companies to send important science and technology payloads to the Moon. The Moon is a ri...
NASA’s Curiosity Rover Takes a Video Of Dawn To Dusk On Mars
NASA

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Takes a Video Of Dawn To Dusk On Mars

For two weeks in November, NASA's Curiosity Rover took time off from it's main mission. However, it still took a stunning video of dawn to dusk on Mars.On November 8th, the Curiosity Rover took two black and white videos on the 4,002nd day of the mission. Instructions to record the video were part of the last set of commands beamed to Curiosity just before the start of the Mars solar Conjunction. This is a period when the sun is between the Earth and Mars.Normally, the rover's camera is spotting rocks, slopes, an d other hazards which are risky to traverse. Since these activities were scaled back before the Conjunction, the team recorded the 12 hours of snapshots. They were hoping to capture clouds or dust devils, which could reveal more about the planet's weather.However, whe...
NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Will Pass Close To Io Soon
NASA, Planets

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Will Pass Close To Io Soon

NASA's Juno Spacecraft is currently in orbit around Jupiter, and is projected to make a flyby of one of the planet's moons.This Saturday, Juno will come within 1,000 miles close to Io, which will be the first time NASA has had a spacecraft this close to the moon. When the craft comes close to Jupiter's moon, Scientists are hoping to study Io's Volcanoes.“By combining data from this flyby with our previous observations. We are looking for how often they erupt, how bright and hot they are, how the shape of the lava flow changes, and how Io’s activity is connected to the flow of charged particles in Jupiter’s magnetosphere.” Juno’s principal investigator, Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TexasNASA is already scheduling another flyby of the moon,...