Frost found atop giant Mars volcanoes

Paris (AFP) June 10, 2024

Early morning frost has been detected on the peaks of massive volcanoes on Mars, an unexpected discovery about the dispersal of water on Mars that could one day prove essential for human exploration, scientists said.

The early morning frost was spotted in images taken by the European Space Agency’s Trace Gas Orbiter, according to a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience on Monday.

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Hera and CubeSats communicate with mission control

ESA’s Hera asteroid mission and its two CubeSats interacted as if they were in space, within the foam pyramid-lined walls of the Agency’s Maxwell test chamber in the Netherlands. The trio communicated together, sharing data and ranging information at the same time as their Hera mothership received commands from its mission controllers at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

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NASA, ESA study exoplanet habitability using Chandra and XMM-Newton

Boston MA (SPX) Jun 13, 2024

Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA’s XMM-Newton are investigating nearby stars to determine if they could host habitable exoplanets. This research will aid future telescopes in making the first images of Earth-like planets.

Researchers examined stars close enough to Earth for future telescopes to capture images of planets in their habitable zones, where liquid water

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Mars’ tallest volcanoes found with frost

Paris, France (SPX) Jun 10, 2024

Water frost has been detected on Mars’ colossal volcanoes, marking the first observation of this phenomenon on the largest mountains in the Solar System. The international team, led by the University of Bern, utilized high-resolution color images from the Bernese Mars camera, CaSSIS, onboard the European Space Agency’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter. Understanding water distribution and transport is

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NASA and Boeing Progress Starliner Crew Tests at Space Station

Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 11, 2024

NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams are testing Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft at the International Space Station. This mission aims to collect data for NASA certification of the Starliner for regular crewed missions to the station.

As part of the Boeing Crew Flight Test, Wilmore and Williams, with ground teams, are completing various objectives since Starliner arrived at the st

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Enhance the ESA website with your feedback

The ESA website is a key tool to help us communicate about our activities. We want to make sure that our website meets the needs and expectations of our audience. That’s why we are launching a survey to collect your feedback and suggestions on how to improve the esa.int website.

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European Group Gets 15M Euros for Inflatable Heat Shield

Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jun 10, 2024

A European consortium, led by Spanish mission and system integrator Elecnor Deimos (“Deimos”), is working to develop an inflatable heat shield (IHS) for recovering rocket stages from space. This system could also protect cargo during re-entry and may be used for Mars missions.

ICARUS (“Inflatable Concept Aeroshell for the Recovery of a re-Usable launcher Stage”) has received euro 10 milli

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Virgin Galactic’s last spaceflight before two-year pause

Washington (AFP) June 8, 2024

Virgin Galactic on Saturday successfully completed its last spaceflight before heading into a two-year pause on commercial operations to upgrade its fleet, as the space tourism company seeks to finally turn a profit.

“Galactic07 is back on terra firma, now as astronauts!” the company said on X, formerly Twitter, referring to a team of two pilots and two passengers. “Our pilots, crew and spa

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