NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory 3 Jul 2019, 17:00 UTC Like whirlpools in the ocean, spinning black holes in space create a swirling torrent around them. However, black holes do not create eddies of wind or water. Rather, they generate disks of gas and dust heated to hundreds of millions of degrees that glow in X-ray light.
ESO Supernova 3 Jul 2019, 14:30 UTC On 20 July 1969, commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle on the Moon. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface, saying the famous words “One small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind”. Aldrin joined him 19 minutes later. In 2019, the world celebrates 50 years since the success of the Apollo 11 mission, and the ESO Supernova has prepared a series of activities to mark the occasion.
ESO Top News 3 Jul 2019, 00:00 UTC On 2 July, the path of totality of a solar eclipse passed across ESO’s La Silla Observatory. This rare astronomical event falls in the fiftieth year of operation of ESO’s first observatory. Inaugurated in 1969, La Silla Observatory led Europe to the front line of astronomical research and continues to deliver remarkable science. 1000 visitors, including the President of the Republic of Chile, journeyed to the remote observatory to witness the unique conjunction.
HubbleSite NewsCenter -- Latest News Releases 2 Jul 2019, 21:00 UTC NASA has awarded a contract to the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, for the Science Operations Center (SOC) of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission. WFIRST is a NASA observatory designed to settle essential questions in a wide-range of science areas, including dark energy and dark matter, and planets outside our solar system.
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center 2 Jul 2019, 13:27 UTC Two NASA space telescopes have teamed up to identify, for the first time, the detailed chemical "fingerprint" of a planet between the sizes of Earth and Neptune. No planets like this can be found in our own solar system, but they are common around other stars.
NASA Breaking News 2 Jul 2019, 11:37 UTC NASA successfully demonstrated Tuesday the Orion spacecraft’s launch abort system can outrun a speeding rocket and pull astronauts to safety during an emergency during launch. The test is another milestone in the agency’s preparation for Artemis missions to the Moon that will lead to astronaut missions to Mars.
Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy 2 Jul 2019, 10:27 UTC On October 19, 2017, astronomers discovered the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system. First spotted by the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System 1 (PanSTARRS1) telescope located at the University of Hawaii’s Haleakala Observatory, the object defied easy description, simultaneously displaying characteristics of both a comet and an asteroid.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 1 Jul 2019, 17:20 UTC Behold the "mole": The heat-sensing spike that NASA's InSight lander deployed on the Martian surface is now visible. Last week, the spacecraft's robotic arm successfully removed the support structure of the mole, which has been unable to dig, and placed it to the side. Getting the structure out of the way gives the mission team a view of the mole - and maybe a way to help it dig.