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21. Big Bend designated International Dark Sky Park

(Web Page; Fri Sep 19 19:19:00 CDT 2014)

Last week, I received a press release (PDF) with the headline "Big Bend National Park Designated As International Dark Sky Park." Big Bend is one of the dark-sky places that Tyler Nordgren visited during his "Stars Above, Earth Below" to...

Description: Last week, I received a press release with the headline "Big Bend National Park Designated As International Dark Sky Park." I asked my brother Neil to write something about this announcement for me.

22. Yutu-2 Rocks On into Lunar Day 3 for Chang’e-4 mission

(Web Page; Wed Mar 06 10:08:00 CST 2019)

China’s Yutu-2 rover is continuing to make tracks on the lunar far side and has returned new images of rocks in its path inside Von Kármán crater, while the lander and rover continue with their science objectives. ...

Description: China’s Yutu-2 rover is continuing to make tracks on the lunar far side.

23. Reporter's notebook: 'Twas the night before Falcon Heavy

(Web Page; Tue Apr 09 13:14:00 CDT 2019)

We're now less than a day away from SpaceX's Falcon Heavy test flight! It's been a long day here at Kennedy Space Center, and rather than try to put together a cohesive narrative, I thought I'd hammer out some quick snippets from my note...

Description: We're now less than a day away from SpaceX's Falcon Heavy test flight! Here's a recap of today's news.

24. Dawn Journal: Final Transmission

(Web Page; Fri Dec 21 14:53:00 CST 2018)

Following a successful mission, Dawn mission operations concluded successfully on Oct. 31. (Please note the understated elegance of that sentence.) After more than 11 years in deep space, after unveiling the two largest uncharted worlds...

Description: After more than 11 years in deep space, after unveiling the two largest uncharted worlds in the inner solar system, after overcoming myriad daunting obstacles, Dawn's interplanetary adventure has come to an end.

25. Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: To be bold, be small (part 2)

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:01:00 CDT 2012)

All this week, Doug Ellison will be filing reports from the third European Planetary Science Congress, also known as Europlanet, taking place in Münster, Germany. Doug is the dictator-for-life of the online forum unmannedspacefligh...

Description: Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: To be bold, be small (part 2)

26. All about BEAM, the space station's new inflatable module launching Friday

(Web Page; Tue Apr 05 10:47:00 CDT 2016)

This Friday, SpaceX plans to launch a Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station. Packed inside Dragon's unpressurized trunk is a new station module called BEAM, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. BEAM is a technolog...

Description: This Friday, SpaceX plans to launch a Dragon cargo spacecraft to the ISS. Packed inside Dragon's trunk is a new inflatable station module called BEAM, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module.

27. An exoplanet-hunting space telescope turns and takes a photo of Earth

(Web Page; Fri Dec 08 17:34:00 CST 2017)

This article originally appeared on James Davenport's Medium blog and is reposted here with permission. In the early afternoon this Sunday, December 10, I will go out onto my back porch and wave at the sky. Since I live near Seattle it&...

Description: On December 10, Kepler—NASA’s prized exoplanet discovery telescope—will finally turn back and take a picture of the Earth.

28. Planetary Defense in the Moroccan Mountains

(Web Page; Thu Dec 06 17:34:00 CST 2018)

In 2013, astrophysicist Nidhal Guessoum wrote a paper in Nature calling for an Arab astronomy renaissance. He noted the rich history of Islamic astronomy, which had a golden age from the ninth to sixteenth century CE. Great observatories...

Description: A little-known observatory is s helping usher an Arab astronomy renaissance.

29. Deep Impact encounter minus 3 days

(Web Page; Thu Aug 29 17:58:00 CDT 2013)

Jul 1, 2005 | 09:34 PDT | 16:34 UTC: I'm on location for Deep Impact OK, I'm in...I arrived at an unusually empty Jet Propulsion Laboratory this morning in advance of the first Deep Impact encounter press conference. (It's empty because...

Description: OK, I'm in...I arrived at an unusually empty Jet Propulsion Laboratory this morning in advance of the first Deep Impact encounter press conference.

30. OPAG, Day 1: Getting to Europa

(Web Page; Thu Feb 04 19:32:00 CST 2016)

Next up at the Outer Planets Assessment Group meeting was an overview of the plans for future Europa missions. All of this was being done in an environment where, three times, NASA has committed to at least studying a future Europa missi...

Description: Next up at the Outer Planets Assessment Group meeting was an overview of the plans for future Europa missions.

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