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NASA satellite to study ionosphere launches after two-year delay – Spaceflight Now

Artist’s illustration of the Ionospheric Connection Explorer satellite. Credit: NASAA refrigerator-sized satellite soared into orbit aboard an air-launched Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket Thursday night over the Atlantic Ocean, finally setting off on a $252 million mission to probe the dynamic boundary region where space and Earth’s atmosphere meet. NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON,…

New Research on Lunar Ice Deposits Examines When and How It Got There – SciTechDaily

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured these views of the Lunar South Pole. Credit: NASA/Scientific Visualization Studio The discovery of ice deposits in craters scattered across the Moon’s south pole has helped to renew interest in exploring the lunar surface, but no one is sure exactly when or how that ice got there. A new study…

Mystery As Hubble Finds Milky Way Raids Intergalactic ‘Bank Accounts’ – SciTechDaily

This illustration envisions the Milky Way galaxy’s gas recycling above and below its stellar disk. Hubble observes the invisible gas clouds rising and falling with its sensitive Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) instrument. The spectroscopic signature of the light from background quasars shining through the clouds gives information about their motion. Quasar light is redshifted in…

SpaceX Crew Dragon could fly astronauts to the ISS in early 2020 – Engadget

As expected, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stopped by SpaceX HQ in California and then did a bit of Q&A with the media while standing next to Elon Musk and two astronauts. You can watch video of the entire session below as it was posted to Bridenstine’s Twitter feed, but some of the highlights included comments…

Astrophysicist Who Just Won The Nobel Prize Says We’ll Never Colonise Exoplanets – ScienceAlert

KRISTIN HOUSER, FUTURISM 11 OCT 2019 It’s been a busy week for astrophysicist Michel Mayor.On Tuesday, he won a Nobel Prize for his work detecting exoplanets. Then, on Wednesday, he crushed the dreams of anyone hoping to one day colonize those planets. “If we are talking about exoplanets,” Mayor told Agence France-Presse when asked about off-world colonization, “things should be clear:…

Honeybees are math stars – Phys.org

A ‘bee eye’ view of the 4 and 5 element cards that were used to test bee number discrimination. The insert shows how humans see the same cards. Credit: Adrian Dyer Start thinking about numbers and they can become large very quickly. The diameter of the universe is about 8.8×1023 km and the largest known…