The Planetary Society Blog 20 Oct 2021, 17:19 UTC A joint European-Russian mission to find signs of life on Mars.
Astronomy.com News 19 Oct 2021, 19:00 UTC With all the progress toward putting a human on Mars, I was wondering: What is the North Star for someone on Mars?
Universe Today 19 Oct 2021, 15:53 UTC Recently, astronomers have been finding protoplanetary discs around certain stars. Their discovery has helped kick off a new work in planetary formation theory. But planets aren’t the objects that form from discs of material in space. Moons do too. Now, scientists led by Dr. Tomas Stolker of Leiden University and his team have delved deeper into the characteristics of a “protolunar” disc surrounding a “super Jupiter” exoplanet about 500 light-years away.
Bad Astronomy 19 Oct 2021, 13:00 UTC Let's cut right to the chase, shall we? No one knows what causes Fast Radio Bursts, intense but extremely short blasts of radio waves. By "intense" I mean pouring out possibly millions of times the energy the Sun does, and by "short" I mean short: they literally last a millisecond or so. A thousandth of a second.
Parabolic Arc 18 Oct 2021, 15:52 UTC Following a successful launch on Oct. 16, 2021, analysis of NASA’s Lucy spacecraft systems show the spacecraft is operating well and is stable. Lucy’s two solar arrays have deployed, and both are producing power and the battery is charging. While one of the arrays has latched, indications are that the second array may not be fully latched. All other subsystems are normal. In the current spacecraft attitude, Lucy can continue to operate with no threat to its health and safety. The team is analyzing spacecraft data to understand the situation and determine next steps to achieve full deployment of the solar array.
Universe Today 15 Oct 2021, 14:49 UTC An early morning launch is planned for the Lucy spacecraft, the first space mission to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids. Tomorrow, October 16 at 5:34 a.m. EDT is the first day and time in Lucy’s 21-day launch window, and current weather conditions show a 90% chance of favorable conditions for liftoff from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The launch window remains open for 75 minutes.