NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has entered Sol 2643 and is performing planned science tasks. “Curiosity is still on the shoulder of Western Butte at a location that provides a good vantage point, exposes changes in stratigraphy, and reveals some interesting float blocks in our workspace,” reports Lauren Edgar, a planetary geologist at the USGS Astrogeology […]

  China’s Five-Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) has officially reached operational status. The world’s largest single-dish radio telescope is located in a naturally deep and round depression in southwestern China’s Guizhou Province. It is about 2.5 times more sensitive than the second-largest telescope in the world. Pulsars, fast radio bursts In a China Global […]

    NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now carrying out Sol 2641 tasks. “The Curiosity rover is still at the highest point it will reach on ‘Western Butte,’ having done a short bump to allow it to do contact science,” reports Roger Wiens, a geochemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The rover […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2639 tasks. When planning began for Sol 2639, the robot’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument Suite was still marked sick, so the strategically planned bump from one place to another was replaced with targeted science. That’s the word from Kenneth Herkenhoff, a planetary geologist at USGS […]

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) has issued its Annual Report for 2019 to the U.S. Congress and NASA. The report is based on the Panel’s 2019 fact-finding and insight visits; quarterly public meetings; direct observations of NASA operations and decision-making; discussions with NASA management, employees, and contractors; and the Panel members’ past experiences. Excitement […]

Where do short, dramatic bursts of radio light seen across the universe originate from? Labeled as fast radio bursts (FRBs), these are mysterious extragalactic events. Although FRBs last for only a thousandth of a second, there are now hundreds of records of these enigmatic sources. New news is that telescopes in the European VLBI Network […]

  Astronomy Confronts Satellite Constellations is the title of a briefing from the 235th AAS meeting in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. That briefing will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, starting at 2:15 pm Hawaii Standard Time (HST). Those taking part in the panel discussion: — “Starlink & the Astronomers” by Jeffrey C. Hall (Lowell Observatory) — […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2637 duties. Claire Newman, an atmospheric scientist at Aeolis in Pasadena, California reports that telemetry recently showed one of Curiosity’s middle wheels was lifted, roughly 6 inches (15 centimeters) off the ground following a previous drive. “This meant we needed to do a short ‘bump’ to adjust […]

It is a credo expressed within the astronomy community: “Wishing you clear skies.” Same goes for those on the countdown clock ready to launch a rocket…and time is ticking away as SpaceX is set to hurl into Earth orbit another group of their Starlink satellites. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given SpaceX the thumbs […]

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now carrying out Sol 2635 tasks. Here’s a sampling of new imagery from the robot: