ERS-2, the ESA satellite, safely reenters Earth’s atmosphere

ERS-2, the European Remote Sensing (ERS-2) satellite, has safely reentered Earth’s atmosphere, bringing an end to its successful mission in Earth observation. Launched in 1995, ERS-2, along with its predecessor ERS-1, has provided invaluable data on land surfaces, ocean temperatures, the ozone layer, and polar ice extent. This data has revolutionized our understanding of the Earth’s system and has paved the way for future Earth observation satellites. To

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The Return of America to the Moon: A Commercial Lunar Lander Initiative

Intuitive Machines, a Houston-based company, has made history by successfully landing their lunar lander, Odysseus, near the South Pole of the Moon. This marks the first time a US spacecraft has landed on the Moon in over 50 years and the first commercially-operated vehicle to reach the lunar surface. The lander utilized a methane-oxygen propulsion system, a first for a space exploration mission. Despite moments of lost communication during descent, a weak signal from Odysseus’

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Upcoming Launches: SpaceX Plans Two Starlink Missions, China’s Chang Zheng 5 Launch Scheduled

Spaceflight enthusiasts have a thrilling week ahead as SpaceX, China, and Roscosmos prepare for multiple launches. SpaceX has two Starlink missions scheduled, China is gearing up for two payloads on the Chang Zheng 5 (CZ-5) rocket, and Roscosmos is ready to launch Russian-built satellites using the Soyuz rocket.

SpaceX began the week with the successful launch of the Starlink Group 7-15 mission on February 22. The mission carried 22 Starlink v

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The ERS-2 Satellite Safely Reenters Earth’s Atmosphere above the Pacific Ocean

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) ERS-2 satellite safely reentered Earth’s atmosphere above the Pacific Ocean on February 21, 2024. The satellite, launched in 1995, provided crucial data on Earth’s land surfaces, ocean temperatures, ozone layer, and polar ice extent over its nearly 30-year lifespan. It also played a vital role in monitoring and responding to natural disasters.

The decision to deorbit ERS-2 in 2011 was prompted by concerns about

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Insights into the Phenomenon: NuSTAR and NICER Detect Identical Radio Burst, Unveiling Key Clues

A team of researchers has made a significant breakthrough in understanding fast radio bursts (FRBs) by detecting an FRB within the Milky Way using two NASA X-ray telescopes, the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) and Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR). This observation provided valuable data that allowed scientists to trace the source of the FRB back to a magnetar, an extraordinarily dense object and a type of neutron star. The researchers found that the rotational rate of the magnet

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The ADRAS-J mission: Methodical Approach to Commercial Space Debris Removal

Astroscale, a Japanese company, is pioneering efforts in commercial space debris removal. Their recent mission, called Active Debris Removal by Astroscale-Japan (ADRAS-J), aims to demonstrate the necessary operations and technology for debris removal in low-Earth orbit (LEO). The mission involves approaching a large uncommunicative piece of space debris and utilizing navigation techniques and sensors to locate and approach the target object. The ADRAS-J mission is part of Japan’s Commercial Removal of Debris Demon

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PLD Space Announces New Boost Enhancements

PLD Space, a Spanish aerospace company, has signed a Boost! contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop its Miura 5 launch service. The Miura 1 suborbital mission launched successfully last year and the company is now focusing on the development of the Miura 5, an orbital-class launch vehicle with a capacity to carry up to 540 kg of hardware. To enhance its launch capabilities, PLD Space plans to develop a modular and customizable payload accommodation system called

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Exploring Mars: A Groundhog Day-like Experience on Sols 4086-4088 in Gale Crater

NASA’s Curiosity rover recently experienced a series of challenges and progress during its exploration of Mars’ Gale crater. The team encountered software issues that forced them to choose between conducting contact science or moving to a new location. Ultimately, they decided to drive away in order to take advantage of the flat terrain and capture images of the rover wheels using the MAHLI instrument.

Mission Operations Specialist Natalie Moore played a key role as the Mastcam Uplink Lead, planning over 220 images to be taken over

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JAXA Successfully Reaches Orbit on Second H3 Launch

Japan’s H3 rocket has successfully reached orbit on its second attempt, marking a significant milestone for the rocket’s potential to carry out future missions. The launch took place at the Tanegashima Space Center and sent a mass simulator and two small satellites to a Sun-synchronous orbit. The H3 rocket, developed by JAXA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, is a successor to previous-generation vehicles. The first flight of the H3 rocket failed due to a second stage ignition issue, but changes were

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The Recent Oil Spill in Tobago: Causes, Consequences, and Cleanup Efforts

The recent oil spill off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago has prompted concerns about its environmental impact and potential consequences for neighboring countries. Satellite images from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission have provided clear visuals of the scale of the disaster. The spill, originating from the ship called The Gulfstream, has traveled over 160 km westwards, now entering Grenada’s marine area and potentially affecting Venezuela. Satellite radar is crucial in monitoring oil spills as it can detect surface texture changes and identify oil slick

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