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Sat Feb 17



Asteroid to Fly Safely Past Earth on April 19
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
A fairly large asteroid discovered nearly three years ago will safely pass about 1.1 million miles from Earth on April 19. Thats about 4.6 times the Earth-moon distance. [...]




Sat Feb 17



The Case of the Missing Ceres Craters
jpl.nasa.gov [CERES]
Scientists with NASAs Dawn mission have found that, surprisingly, Ceres lacks any truly large impact basins. [...]




Sat Feb 17



Today Was the NASA Opportunity Rovers 5,000th Martian Dawn
Gizmodo.com [NASA]
Saturday, February 17th marks the 5,000th local day (sol) of operations for NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover, which was originally designed to last for just 90 sols after its January 2004 landing date, but has instead continued to set milestones like completing a marathon-length tour of its surroundings and taking huge… [...]




Sat Feb 17



The National Space Council Is Operating in Stealth Mode (Update)
Nasawatch [SPACE]
Keiths 15 Feb note: The National Space Council (NSpC) (established by Presidential Executive Order) is having a big, potentially lavish, meeting at NASA KSC on 21 February in 5 days. The NSpCs Users Advisory Group (UAG) will also be meeting. The UAG is a FACA (Federal Advisory Committee Act) committee - yet no public announcement has been made in advance of this public meeting in the Federal Register per Federal law pertaining to publicizing standard FACA activities two weeks in advance. Nor [...]




Sat Feb 17



Dawn Holding in Second Mapping Orbit
jpl.nasa.gov [DAWN]
NASAs Dawn spacecraft is healthy and stable, after experiencing an anomaly in the system that controls its orientation. [...]




Sat Feb 17



Rosetta Comet Outburst Captured
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
A dramatic outburst from Rosettas target comet is recorded by several instruments, including the Double Focusing Mass Spectrometer, which uses NASA-built electronics. [...]




Sat Feb 17



After 5,000 Days On Mars Opportunity Still Does Science
Nasawatch [MARS]
New Day for Longest-Working Mars Rover "NASAs Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded the dawn of the rovers 4,999th Martian day, or sol, with its Panoramic Camera (Pancam) on Feb. 15, 2018, yielding this processed, approximately true-color scene." 5,000 Days on Mars For Mars Rover Opportunity "The Sun will rise on NASAs solar-powered Mars rover Opportunity for the 5,000th time on Saturday, sending rays of energy to a golf-cart-size robotic field geologist that con [...]




Fri Feb 16



The Solar Storm Hitting Earth Today Might Look Awesome
Space [STORM]
Thanks to a solar storm, the northern part of North America may see a dazzling auroral display tonight. [...]




Fri Feb 16



Meet the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon! Legos 1st Solo: A Star Wars Story Set
Space [LEGOS]
Lego will start selling a special "Solo: A Star Wars Story" set this April, about a month before the highly anticipated movies May 25 premiere. [...]




Sat Feb 17



Bits of Famous, Lost (and Fake) Flying Saucer Turn Up in British Science Museum
Space [FLYING]
The flying saucers copper bottom was covered in hieroglyphics, very much like the saucer discovered in Roswell, New Mexico. [...]

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