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Tachyon Beam, the faster-than-light blog
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Go to this page to see the calendar of the upcoming satellite, space probe or other spacecraft launches
Launch Calendar
Launch Calendar
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At the Committee on SPAce Research (COSPAR) meeting held this week in Pasadena, NASA's JPL scientists are presenting the latest information gathered by NASA's Dawn space probe about the dwarf planet Ceres. In particular, there's an attention on Occator Crater, the most famous crater thanks to its brightness due to the various bright spots made of salts inside it, now called faculae. In the next few months Dawn will finish its mission but will continue to collect data from the lowest orbit at only 34-35 kilometers (about 21 miles) of altitude.
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The first hot firing of the P120C motor that will be used for Vega-C and Ariane 6 rockets.
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Northrop Grumman’s (ex Orbital ATK) Cygnus cargo spacecraft departed the International Space Station.
Departure confirmed! The #Cygnus cargo vehicle successfully released from the International Space Station at 8:37 a.m. EDT. At the time of release, the station was flying 253 miles above the Southeastern border of Colombia. Details: https://go.nasa.gov/2uBNADV
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An article published in the journal "The Astrophysical Journal" describes a new measurement of the expansion of the universe. A team of astronomers led by Nobel Prize winner Adam Riess combined observations made with the Hubble Space Telescope and those made with ESA's Gaia space probe, an observatory that specifically aims to map billions of objects in the sky including the variable stars called Cepheid variable used for those measurements. The new results increase the accuracy but also the discrepancy between the measures of the expansion of the near universe and those of the early universe.
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MeerKAT, a precursor of SKA, the next-generation radio telescope, has been inaugurated.
Congratulations to our colleagues @SKA_Africa on today's inauguration of the #SKApercursor telescope MeerKAT🇿🇦! This stunning new image shows the region around the supermassive black hole at the Milky Way's centre in extraordinary detail. Read more: http://skatel.org/MeerKAT_pOQUj
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Various articles published in different journals shows various aspects of a research that allowed to associate a neutrino detected by the IceCube instrument at the South Pole to the blazar known as TXS 0506+056. In an article published in February 2018 in "The Astrophysical Journal Letters" a team led by Simona Paiano of the INAF of Padua showed that connection. In two articles just published in the journal "Science", groups of scientists from 18 different observatories describe what was defined multimessenger observations of neutrino and electromagnetic emissions and a second analysis showing that other neutrinos detected by IceCube came from the same source.
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Two articles published in the journal "Geophysical Research Letters" describe studies concerning the planet Saturn's system based on information obtained from the Cassini space probe during what was called the Grand Finale, the orbits close to Saturn performed in the weeks preceding the end of that extraordinary mission. In particular, the audio was generated that contains sound obtained by converting the electromagnetic emissions discovered between Saturn and its rings and Enceladus generated by movements of plasma between them.
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The "tricorder" that's being experimented on the International Space Station.
This gadget looks like a precursor to the devices medical officers use to scan patients in science fiction, and it is not far off. The #MyotonPRO tests muscle tension and stiffness.
Tricorder
Tricorder
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A few hours ago the Progress MS-9 spacecraft blasted off atop a Soyuz 2.1a rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. After about nine minutes it successfully separated from the rocket's last stage and was placed on its ultra-fast track in its resupply mission to the International Space Station also called Progress 70 or 70P. After less than 4 hours it reached the International Space Station docking with its Pirs module.
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