Karen Nyberg, an astronaut-artist, reveals quilt portraits honoring pioneering women who ventured into space

Karen Nyberg, an astronaut-artist, reveals quilt portraits honoring pioneering women who ventured into space.

Former NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg has unveiled her latest artwork at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. The artwork, which pays tribute to Valentina Tereshkova and Sally Ride, the first woman and first American woman to fly into space, consists of quilted portraits made from pieces of fabric. Nyberg used a fusible web to keep the fabric in place and then cut out various pieces to create the desired shapes and colors. The resulting portraits are visually striking and appear as if they were

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"Huginn: Unveiling the Origins and Significance of a Mythological Figure"

“Huginn: Unveiling the Origins and Significance of a Mythological Figure”

ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen is set to embark on his second mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in August 2023. Named Huginn, this mission will mark his first long-duration stay on the ISS. Accompanied by NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli, Andreas will be launched into space aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. This will make him the first non-US pilot to be part of the Crew Dragon mission, leading the way for Europe’s participation in space exploration. Andreas will bear the responsibility of managing the spacecraft’s systems’ operations and ensuring optimal performance during their launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida to the ISS. During his six-month stay on the ISS, Andreas will undertake and assist in a variety of European and international experiments, contributing to advancements in space research. His participation as a non-US astronaut on the Crew Dragon mission signifies Europe’s growing importance and influence in space exploration endeavors. This mission symbolizes a new era of space exploration, where nations unite to unlock the mysteries of the universe and expand human knowledge beyond our home planet. Andreas’ journey serves as a testament to the remarkable progress made in space technology and exploration, inspiring a sense of wonder and awe for the possibilities that lie beyond Earth. As we eagerly

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Artemis II Crew Embarks on Visit to Spacecraft

Artemis II Crew Embarks on Visit to Spacecraft

Experience the European Space Agency’s (ESA) groundbreaking contributions to NASA’s Artemis program. Discover how the European Service Module (ESM) has exceeded expectations, providing power, propulsion, and temperature control for the Orion spacecraft. As Artemis II approaches, ESM-2 is ready to support the mission with real astronauts on board. Explore interviews with key individuals involved in ESM-2’s development and witness their excitement for this historic mission. Join ESA in their commitment to international collaboration and advancing space exploration. Don’t miss this symbol of technological advancements and the future of human presence on the Moon and beyond.

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Bakery Creates Special Kolache in Honor of Artemis Astronaut Headed to the Moon

Bakery Creates Special Kolache in Honor of Artemis Astronaut Headed to the Moon

Good Dough, a bakery in Galveston, Texas, has created a special treat in honor of NASA astronaut Christina Koch and her upcoming mission to the moon. The bakery unveiled the “Koch it to the Moon” kolache, a chocolate-flavored pastry inspired by Koch’s role as a mission specialist on the Artemis II mission. The limited edition pastry is available throughout the month of August. Good Dough’s owner, Chef Mary Bass, explained that they decided to create this special pastry to honor Koch, who is a regular customer and a supporter of the bakery. The bakery takes pride in being an all-female bake-staff and owner, and they see this special pastry as a way to promote strong females who are accomplishing remarkable things. By honoring an astronaut like Koch, they hope to inspire others and celebrate the achievements of women in various fields. The “Koch it to the Moon” kolache is made with a base of “brownie batter good good mixed with Milky Way pieces.” The bakery’s Instagram feed describes “good good” as caramel cream cheese, which serves as the base for their traditional Czech kolaches. The choice to include Milky Way candy in the pastry was a nod to Koch’s space mission and the fact that

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SpaceX Successfully Launches Starlink Group 6-10: A Roundup

SpaceX Successfully Launches Starlink Group 6-10: A Roundup

Last week saw a decrease in the number of orbital launches compared to the previous week, with only three launches taking place. The majority of these launches were Chinese Starlink launches, bringing the total number of orbital launch attempts in 2023 to 128. If this trend continues, it is projected that there will be over 200 orbital launches by the end of the year. SpaceX, on the other hand, is on track to launch nearly 100 times in 2023 if their current cadence

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Understanding the Periphery of an Earthquake Zone

The Hydra shaker table, located at the ESTEC Test Centre in the Netherlands, is an essential piece of engineering used for satellite testing. It simulates the intense vibrations experienced during a rocket launch and prevents the rest of the facility from shaking using concrete blocks, dampers, and springs. This shaker table is the most robust and versatile of its kind at the ESTEC Test Centre and can test items weighing several tonnes. It is enclosed within a 1400-tonne concrete “seismic foundation” block and is designed to withstand and contain the forces it generates. The ESTEC Test Centre is Europe’s largest facility dedicated to satellite testing and ensures that satellites are thoroughly tested for space conditions. The facility, including the Hydra shaker table, will

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Trailer for 'A Million Miles Away' showcases the captivating true-life journey of astronaut José Hernández

Trailer for ‘A Million Miles Away’ showcases the captivating true-life journey of astronaut José Hernández

The upcoming film “A Million Miles Away” tells the captivating true-life journey of astronaut José Hernández. Directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella, the movie takes viewers from Hernández’s humble beginnings as a migrant farm worker to his ultimate goal of exploring space. The recently released trailer gives a glimpse into Hernández’s life, showcasing the challenges he faced and his relentless pursuit of his dreams. Actor Michael Peña delivers a powerful performance as Hernández, recounting his 12 failed attempts at joining the astronaut corps. After years of perseverance, Hernández is accepted into NASA’s 19th group of astronauts and fulfills his lifelong dream. The film accurately depicts Hernández’s experiences, including his earliest memory of space exploration and his dedication to improving his chances of becoming an astronaut. The trailer culminates in a breathtaking moment as Hernández dons the iconic bright orange advance crew escape suit and embarks on his journey to the International Space Station. “A Million Miles Away” promises to be a captivating film that inspires audiences to pursue their dreams. The talented ensemble cast and Márquez Abella’s direction make it a must-watch. Hernández hopes his story will inspire countless individuals worldwide.

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Lockheed Martin and NASA Collaborating Tirelessly to Complete Artemis II Orion Assembly and Meet 2024 Launch Deadline

Lockheed Martin and NASA Collaborating Tirelessly to Complete Artemis II Orion Assembly and Meet 2024 Launch Deadline

Lockheed Martin and NASA are making significant progress in the assembly and testing of the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis II mission. The spacecraft is expected to be joined with the service module in September and the work is predicted to be finished by April 2023. Artemis II will be a lunar-flyby mission, serving as the first crewed test flight for both Orion and the Space Launch System (SLS). The four-person astronaut crew recently visited the Kennedy Space Center to view their spacecraft. Although

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NGC 6946: Exploring the Spectacular Celestial Pyrotechnics of the Fireworks Galaxy

NGC 6946: Exploring the Spectacular Celestial Pyrotechnics of the Fireworks Galaxy

NGC 6946, also known as the Fireworks Galaxy, has become a popular subject for astronomers due to its stunning appearance and its tendency to produce supernovae. Located between the constellations of Cygnus and Cepheus, the galaxy can be difficult to locate visually, but its bright pinwheel structure and sparkling stars make it a favorite among imagers. It is classified as an intermediate spiral galaxy and is one of the closest giant spiral galaxies beyond our Local Group, approximately 22 million light years away.

Despite its relatively bright catalogued magnitude, NGC 6946 presents a challenge for smaller-aperture telescopes due to its face-on orientation and low surface brightness. However, deep amateur images have revealed the presence of H-II regions and young star clusters, indicating a high level of ongoing star formation. This may explain why the galaxy has produced ten supernovae in the past century.

To fully appreciate NGC 6946, a telescope with a 150mm aperture is recommended for visual observation on a clear night at a dark-sky location. This will allow observers to see the galaxy’s faint halo. Those with larger aperture telescopes may even be able to see some of the H-II regions that adorn the

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