Five THEMIS Satellites Launched OTD 12 Years ago, 2/17/2007

  Twelve years ago on cool Florida afternoon, a Delta II rocket roared to life, lifting five satellites over the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a mission to study the Earths Magnetosphere. To this day the five probes continue to work and send back data, including two of the probes that were retested from
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MAVEN Adjusts Orbit in Preparation of Mars 2020 Rover Arrival

MAVEN is shrinking its orbit to prepare for the arrival of the Mars 2020 rover The #MAVEN operations team at Lockheed Martin is today beginning a campaign to shrink the orbit of the spacecraft to prepare for the arrival of NASA’s #Mars 2020 rover. Over the next few months, the aerobraking campaign will reduce the
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Comet-Blasted Star May Be a Rerun of the Solar System’s Birth

Far beyond our sun, astronomers have discovered comets bombarding a young solar-type star—and possibly its inner planets A rain of comets is pouring down on a faraway young star, giving astronomers a new view of a process that shaped our own solar system billions of years ago. When Earth was a young planet, cometary debris
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GOLD Spacecraft Marks 1 Year Anniversary

NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk,or GOLD, instrument powered on and opened its cover to scan the Earth for the first time, resulting in a “first light” image of the Western Hemisphere in the ultraviolet. GOLD will provide unprecedented global-scale imaging of the temperature and composition at the dynamic boundary between Earth’s atmosphere
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TBT: UC Berkeley researchers build part of solar probe launched by NASA

The Parker Solar Probe, or PSP, was launched into space Aug. 12. Two of its four instruments, FIELDS and SWEAP, were built by campus researchers. The PSP will come closer than any other spacecraft has ever been to the sun by entering the sun’s corona, the outer layer of the sun’s atmosphere. According to Stuart Bale,
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NASA Launches ICESat and CHIPS Satellites from VAFB OTD, Jan 12, 2003

#OTD, This cool pic from the archives shows NASA’s original ICESat satellite being launched on this date in 2003 aboard our Delta II rocket. The final Delta II launched ICESat-2 last September to continue mapping the changes in Earth’s environment. Aerial photo by United States Air Force. CHIPSwill study the gas and dust in space,
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Holy Cow! Mysterious Blast Studied with NASA Telescopes

A brief and unusual flash spotted in the night sky on June 16, 2018, puzzled astronomers and astrophysicists across the globe. The event – called AT2018cow and nicknamed “the Cow” after the coincidental final letters in its official name – is unlike any celestial outburst ever seen before, prompting multiple theories about its source. Over
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