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Hubble -BBC

Hubble -BBC

Nasa ‘fixes’ Hubble malfunction
Nasa believes it has fixed a malfunction with the Hubble telescope which threatened to limit the orbiting observatory’s performance. Earlier this month, one of Hubble’s gyros – needed to point the spacecraft – failed, forcing controllers to place the telescope in “safe mode” – where it operates with essential functions only…more

-NASA

-NASA

Nasa names constellations after the Hulk, Godzilla and the Tardis
For thousands of years, people have looked up at the stars and ordered them into constellations. A constellation is a group of stars that forms an imaginary outline of something. If you look up to the night’s sky perhaps you’re familiar with the Big Dipper or Orion’s Belt. But can you spot the TARDIS or the Incredible Hulk hidden among the stars?…more

-DLR

-DLR

German satellites sense Earth’s lumps and bumps
The German space agency (DLR) has released a spectacular 3D map of Earth. Built from images acquired by two radar satellites, it traces the variations in height across all land surfaces – an area totalling more than 148 million sq km. DLR is making the map free and open, enabling any scientist to download and use it…more

-SPL

-SPL

Hawking’s final science study released
Stephen Hawking’s final scientific paper has been released, and it deals with one of the central topics in the physicist’s 56-year-long career. The work was completed in the days before Hawking’s death in March. It tackles the question of whether black holes preserve information on the stuff that falls into them…more

-NYT

-NYT

A Volcanic Eruption on Mars?
Nope. A photograph from a spacecraft orbiting Mars shows a long, white wisp, close to a thousand miles long, spilling out of a giant volcano. Could the volcano, thought to be dormant for some 50 million years, be about to blow? Planetary scientists confidently say no…more

-NYT

-NYT

How Do You Take a Picture of a Black Hole?
With a Telescope as Big as the Earth. A planet-spanning virtual observatory, years in the making, could change how we think about space, time and the nature of reality. Will it work?…more

In pictures: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018
The winners of the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s annual photography competition have been announced, with first place going to an image of a dramatic landscape below the Milky Way…more

The European Service Module pushes the Orion capsule through space

The European Service Module pushes the Orion capsule through space

Orion capsule: Europe delivers astronaut spaceship’s first ‘powerhouse’
European industry has handed over a key part of the spaceship infrastructure that will eventually take humans beyond Earth into the wider Solar System…more

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