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April 14, 2024

The Washington Post

NASA budget woes could doom $2 billion Chandra space telescope

NASA spent $2.2 billion to build and launch the Chandra X-Ray Observatory in 1999, and it has performed brilliantly, scrutinizing deep space, black holes, galaxy clusters and the remnants of exploded stars. It sees things that other space telescopes …

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This little robot can hop in zero-gravity to explore asteroids

A three-legged robot named SpaceHopper could help combat the challenges of exploring low-gravity environments, such as those found on asteroids or moons. The SpaceHopper program was first launched two and a half years ago as a student research project …

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The Pasadena Star-News

JPL eager for ‘Clipper’ launch to a Jupiter moon. But there’s the ‘six hours of terror’ it faces

As the deputy lead planetary protection scientist for the Europa Clipper mission, this is a typical part of Hinzer’s job. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory techs do some last systems test on Europa Clipper spacecraft Thursday …

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Far from being fearful, the total eclipse inspires wonder, awe and humility | Opinion

Last week’s solar eclipse shows us how far we have come in our understanding of nature. We now predict eclipses with precision. The calculations of modern astronomy are obviously superior to primitive superstitions that saw eclipses as omens or as the …

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NASA’s Europa Clipper spacecraft will launch later this year. Here’s what to know

“Many scientists believe that Europa is the best candidate for finding life beyond Earth in our solar system,” said Sam Howell, a project staff scientist for the Europa Clipper mission. Once in space, …

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The Newark Advocate

Abbey’s Road: Witnessing history with loved ones during a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse

In case you’ve been living under a rock the last week or so, the once-in-a-lifetime event known as “Solar Eclipse Totality in Your Town (or near to it)” happened this past Monday, and every Buckeye with a set of eyes gathered to witness the spectacle.

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Neural circuitry in the spinal cord allows brain-independent motor learning

Gaining insights into the underlying mechanism is essential if we want to understand the foundations of movement automaticity in healthy people and use this knowledge to improve recovery after spinal cord injury.” Aya Takeoka, RIKEN Center …

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Antarctic ice shelves are melting faster due to ocean currents

Consequently, the massive glaciers accelerate their flow into the ocean, resulting in a rise in global sea levels that will directly impact our coastlines. The usual suspect: Wind. For years, scientists attributed …

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Hindustan Times

All you wanted to know about NASA’s Europa Clipper, soon to be bound for Jupiter

Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system, but the focus of astronomers has not been that much on this gas giant as on other planets like Mars. The reason is simple – the Red Planet is considered as the best option for humanity to colonise …

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NASA’s largest spacecraft, Europa Clipper, to find if Jupiter’s icy moon could support life: Explained

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is preparing the Europa Clipper spacecraft for a mega launch in October this year. It is the “largest spacecraft NASA has ever built for a planetary mission,” NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL …

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