In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The National Science Foundation (NSF) plans to decommission the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover team has collected audio of the spacecraft’s hurtles through deep space.
Human Space Exploration
Air leakage from Russian module of ISS remains
TASS of Russia (11/19): Efforts to characterize a small crack in the Zvezda module of the International Space Station’s (ISS) Russian segment continue. On Tuesday, the Station’s cosmonauts placed a new patch on the “scratch” that is believed to be the source of a small loss of air first noticed in September 2019. During a spacewalk on Wednesday, cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov imaged the outside of the module corresponding to the suspected leak source but noticed no external damage. (Editor’s Note: TASS is an official news outlet of the Russian government.)
Losing Arecibo Observatory would create a hole that can’t be filled, scientists say
Space.com (11/19): The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced it will decommission the Arecibo radio telescope because of the risks involved in repairing two broken cables that support a 900-ton platform that hangs over the observatory’s main dish. Some scientists are expressing ...