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Tue Dec 12



NASA Spots the Great Pumpkin: Halloween Asteroid a Treat for Radar Astronomers
jpl.nasa.gov [NASA]
NASA scientists are tracking the upcoming Halloween flyby of an asteroid with optical observatories and radar capabilities of the Deep Space Network at Goldstone, California. [...]




Tue Dec 12



Trump Space Policy Leaves Obama Space Policy Intact Except For Moon/Mars Pivot
Nasawatch [SPACE]
Larger Image Keiths note: As former Obama OSTP official Phil Larson notes, the Space Policy Directive 1 issued on Monday only revises a very, very small portion of the existing space policy. Since this White House did not change anything else it is reasonable to assume that they agree with the Obama space policy, as written. Of course, these space policies are iterative and you can trace certain themes back through the Obama, Bush 2, Clinton, Bush 1, and Reagan Administrations - a [...]




Tue Dec 12



Ceres Bright Spots Seen in Striking New Detail
jpl.nasa.gov [CERES]
The brightest spots on the dwarf planet Ceres gleam with mystery in new views delivered by NASAs Dawn spacecraft. [...]




Tue Dec 12



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. [...]




Tue Dec 12



Moon, Mars, and Beyond 2.0
Nasawatch [MOON]
Trump Policy Promises Moon, Mars, and Beyond - Will This Time Be Different?, Space Policy Online "Bold goals to continue trips to the Moon and go on to Mars envisioned in the immediate post-Apollo period never gained traction, nor did pronouncements by President George H.W. Bush in 1989 or President George W. Bush in 2004. President George W. Bushs plan to return astronauts to the lunar surface by 2020, called Constellation, was cancelled by Obama after a 2009 independent review concl [...]




Tue Dec 12



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. [...]




Tue Dec 12



Dawn Maneuvering to Third Science Orbit
jpl.nasa.gov [DAWN]
NASAs Dawn spacecraft is using its ion propulsion system to descend to its third mapping orbit at Ceres, and all systems are operating well. [...]




Mon Dec 11



In Pictures: Sierra Nevadas Dream Chaser Aces Glide Test Flight
Space [TEST]
On Nov. 11, 2017, the Sierra Nevada Corporation performed the successful free-flight test of the Dream Chaser space plane. See photos from the glide test here. [...]




Tue Dec 12



Geminid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See It This Week
Space [WEEK]
The Geminid meteor shower peaks on Dec. 13. This guide tells you the best times and places to see these shooting stars (no equipment necessary). [...]




Tue Dec 12



Telescopes team up to study giant galaxy
ScienceDaily [GALAXY]
Astronomers have used two Australian radio telescopes and several optical telescopes to study complex mechanisms that are fuelling jets of material blasting away from a black hole 55 million times more massive than the Sun. [...]

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