The Mysterious Ridges Near Pluto's Heart
Astronomers may have figured out some cool geology on Pluto, and Barnard's star is back in the running for having a planet!
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Inside KSC! for Nov. 16, 2018
This week in space news, the recently arrived European Service Module -- the powerhouse for the Orion spacecraft -- was unpacked and moved into the high bay in Kennedy Space Center's Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building to begin processing for Exploration Mission-1. Also, launch teams from Boeing, United Launch Alliance and NASA successfully completed an integrated simulation for the first flight of the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft aboard an Atlas V rocket.
Reflections from NASA's Kepler Mission
The Kepler space telescope has had a profound impact on our understanding of the number of worlds that exist beyond our solar system. Through its survey, we’ve discovered there are more planets than stars in our galaxy. As a farewell to the spacecraft, we asked some of people closest to Kepler to reflect on what Kepler has meant to them and its finding of “more planets than stars.”
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European Student Earth Orbiter ready for launch
The European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO) is an educational micro-satellite, which involved European university students during the whole project lifecycle. This 50-kilogram microsatellite is now ready and waiting for launch on 19 November aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher from California.
The student teams developed experiments on board ESEO include cameras for Earth imaging, a radiation dosimeter, a plasma detector, and demonstrators of technologies that can be used for future education satellite missions.
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OTD in Space - Nov. 16: Arecibo Observatory Broadcasts Interstellar Message
On November 16, 1974, humans sent their first message to the stars in an attempt to contact extraterrestrials. They did this using what was then the largest radio telescope in the world, located at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. A group of scientists led by Frank Drake and Carl Sagan sent their message to the M13 star cluster. The message was written in binary code and contained information about human DNA. It also included figures of a human, the solar system and the Arecibo telescope. The idea was that if any aliens were to receive the signal and figure out how to decode it, they would know where it came from. Because M13 is 25,000 light-years away, it will take 25,000 years for any M13 aliens to hear our message — if they are even out there. The Arecibo message is only one of several messages intended for extraterrestrials. We have also included messages on several spacecraft, such as Pioneer and Voyager.