Instead of closing the mission after its exploration of Jupiter, NASA engineers will turn the spacecraft towards Jupiter’s moons – Io, Europa, and Ganymede. The new mission will include several close flybys of Jupiter’s moons as well as its system of rings.
2021 is going to be more than a merry celebration following the annus horribilis year 2020 – it’s going to be a space party like never seen before. Here are the space events we have to look forward to in 2021.
On Friday, NASA released move than 50 new images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. The collection, called the Caldwell Catalogue, includes exploded stars, star clusters, galaxies, and more. Check out the collection here.
2020 SO will fly past the Earth tomorrow at 3:50 AM ET, coming as close as 31.605 miles from our planet. It’s close, but still considered safe. Funny thing though – scientists are not sure what the object is and pretty sure it’s not “natural”.
NASA has launched several studies that will look at the impact of the pandemic on the planet’s climate. Check out the before and after NO2 tropospheric column models in the graphics below. Wow!
The 250,000 mile trip to the moon is no small feat and the 140-million mile trip to Mars promises to be even tougher. But NASA has a plan formulated to take man to Mars in small steps via a ambitious program called Artemis.
It’s going to be a historic event – Wednesday’s launch of a rocket that marks the groundbreaking public-private partnership between the United States and SpaceX. And since we’ve suffered a disappointingly long wait after NASA retired the space shuttle fleet in 2001, well, it’s about time. This week’s mission, formally called SpaceX Demo-2, will launch…
In the NASA press conference running right now, they released the first high-res image of Pluto. So without further ado…
It’s one year old and to celebrate the milestone, North Korea has rolled out a new logo for their space program called, and we’re not kidding here – NADA (as in Spanish for “nothing”). Not surprisingly, the logo is almost a direct copy of NASA’s iconic emblem (see below).
NGC 6946 (also known as the Fireworks Galaxy, Arp 29, and Caldwell 12) is a medium-sized, face-on spiral galaxy about 22.5 million light years away from Earth located in the constellations Cepheus and Cygnus. At about 20,000 light years wide, it’s one of about a dozen nearby neighbors to the Milky Way. Since its discovery…