OTD – Parker Solar Probe Launches, Now One Year, 2 Trips Around Sun and Approaching Third Encounter

Happy first birthday, Parker Solar Probe! 🎂☀️🛰 Since it launched one year ago, the spacecraft has broken multiple world records and sent back a host of groundbreaking scientific data about the Sun. Reflect on the mission so far with the mission’s namesake, Dr. Eugene Parker: https://go.nasa.gov/2YCWXoy This video was captured by Parker Solar Probe’s WISPR
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NASA just received a major data dump from its mission to ‘Touch the Sun’

We’re rapidly approaching the one-year anniversary of the launch of NASA’s much-hyped mission to “Touch the Sun” with its Parker Solar Probe. The spacecraft is breaking records left and right, but NASA didn’t fire the probe at our nearest star just to impress us. The success of the mission will ultimately depend on the data
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Novato Space Festival 2019 Recap

Video highlights from the 2019 Novato Space Festival at the Space Station Museum in Novato, CA. Apollo astronaut Al Worden, Apollo Mission Controller Joey Lazzaro, Space Shuttle astronauts Greg Johnson, Steve Smith and Dan Bursch, Astronaut Yvonne Cagle, space tools designer Ed Rezac. Plus lots of space exhibitioners, and Snoopy! The 2019 Novato Space Festival
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Parker Solar Probe Completes Download of Science Data from First Two Solar Encounters

As NASA’s Parker Solar Probe approaches its third encounter with the Sun, mission scientists are hard at work poring over data from the spacecraft’s first two flybys of our star — and thanks to excellent performance by the spacecraft and the mission operations team, they’re about to get something extra. On May 6, 2019, just
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First of Two Van Allen Probes Spacecraft Ceases Operations

On July 19, 2019, at 1:27 p.m. EDT, mission operators sent a shutdown command to one of two Van Allen Probes spacecraft, known as spacecraft B, from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, or APL, in Laurel, Maryland. As expected, following final de-orbit maneuvers in February of this year, the spacecraft has used its
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Scientists scramble to build payload for 2021 moon landing

Scavenging spare parts and grabbing off-the-shelf hardware, University of California, Berkeley, space scientists are in a sprint to build scientific instruments that will land on the moon in a mere two years. NASA announced yesterday that it has selected 12 scientific payloads to fly aboard three lunar landing missions within the next few years. One
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Four Berkeley satellites could be exploring Mars and Earth by 2022

If all goes as planned, two teams of scientists and engineers at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory will be sending experiments into orbit around Mars and Earth by the end of 2022, each mission consisting of identical twin satellites. Last month, NASA announced that a mission comprised of two spacecraft, each carrying an identical suite
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