The forces of rotation caused red hot masses of stones to be torn away from the Earth and to be thrown into the ether, and this is the origin of the stars.

— Anaxagoras 428 BC

Astronomy

Ariane 6 inaugural flight press conference

ESO Top News - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 7:00pm
Video: 00:32:50

Replay of the press conference held in Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana with ESA, ArianeGroup, CNES and Arianespace representatives providing updates on the first mission of Ariane 6. 

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Categories: Astronomy

'Futurama' Season 12 trailer teases fresh new interplanetary antics (video)

Space.com - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 6:00pm
A new trailer and poster has been released for "Futurama" Season 12 on Hulu, returning on July 29.
Categories: Astronomy

Ariane 6 first launch

ESO Top News - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 5:50pm
Video: 03:33:02

Europe’s new rocket Ariane 6 powered Europe into space taking with it a varied selection of experiments, satellites, payload deployers and reentry demonstrations that represent thousands across Europe, from students to industry and experienced space actors. 

This inaugural flight, designated VA262, is a demonstration flight to show the capabilities and prowess of Ariane 6 in escaping Earth's gravity and operating in space. Nevertheless, it had several passengers on board. 

Ariane 6 was built by prime contractor and design authority ArianeGroup. In addition to the rocket, the liftoff demonstrated the functioning of the launch pad and operations on ground at Europe's Spaceport. The new custom-built dedicated launch zone was built by France's space agency CNES and allows for a faster turnover of Ariane launches. 

Ariane 6 is Europe’s newest heavy-lift rocket, designed to provide great power and flexibility at a lower cost than its predecessors. The launcher’s configuration – with an upgraded main stage, a choice of either two or four powerful boosters and a new restartable upper stage – will provide Europe with greater efficiency and possibility as it can launch multiple missions into different orbits on a single flight, while its upper stage will deorbit itself at the end of mission. 

ESA’s main roles in the Ariane 6 programme is as contracting authority – managing the budget from Member States participating in the Ariane 6 development programme; and as launch system architect – ensuring that the rocket and launch pad infrastructure work together. 

Ariane 6 is the latest in Europe's Ariane rocket series, taking over from Ariane 5 featuring a modular and versatile design that can launch missions from low-Earth orbit and farther out to deep space. 

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Saharan dust outbreak lingers across some US states this week

Space.com - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 5:00pm
A large plume of Saharan dust settled across the Gulf states this week after an epic journey from Africa.
Categories: Astronomy

Europe's new Ariane 6 rocket launches on long-awaited debut mission (video)

Space.com - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 3:20pm
The new Ariane 6 rocket launched for the first time ever today (July 9), opening a new chapter in European spaceflight history.
Categories: Astronomy

LIVE LAUNCH OF ARIANE 6

Amazing Space | Space Videos - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 3:17pm
Categories: Astronomy

Lego Marvel Venomized Groot review

Space.com - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 3:00pm
This Lego Marvel set packs in a venomous bite.
Categories: Astronomy

When did human ancestors start walking on two legs?

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 3:00pm
Anthropologists have been arguing for 20 years about whether Sahelanthropus, a hominin that lived about 7 million years ago, was one of the first bipedal apes
Categories: Astronomy

When did human ancestors start walking on two legs?

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 3:00pm
Anthropologists have been arguing for 20 years about whether Sahelanthropus, a hominin that lived about 7 million years ago, was one of the first bipedal apes
Categories: Astronomy

The James Webb Space Telescope finds a jeweled ring in the cosmos

Space.com - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 3:00pm
A sparkling jeweled ring, created through a cosmic phenomenon called gravitational lensing, has been imaged by the James Webb Space Telescope.
Categories: Astronomy

Artemis II Core Stage Moves from Final to VAB

NASA Image of the Day - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 3:00pm
The Artemis II Core Stage moves from final assembly to the VAB at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans in preparation for delivery to Kennedy Spaceflight Center later this month. Image credit: NASA/Michael DeMocker
Categories: Astronomy, NASA

'Traffic jams' around Uranus could solve the mystery of its weak radiation belts

Space.com - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 2:00pm
In 1986, the Voyager 2 spacecraft discovered Uranus has a strangely weak radiation belt. Now, researchers think this could be linked to "traffic jams" caused by the world's warped magnetic field.
Categories: Astronomy

Heat Waves Can Buckle Train Tracks, Delaying Commutes and Commerce

Scientific American.com - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 2:00pm

Extreme heat can cause train tracks to expand and buckle. That’s forcing rail operators to adapt as the climate warms

Categories: Astronomy

New 'A Quiet Place: The Road Ahead' story trailer will leave you speechless (video)

Space.com - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 1:00pm
Saber Interactive just launched a frightening new story trailer for the horror video game "A Quiet Place: The Road Ahead."
Categories: Astronomy

Artificial flavours released by cooking aim to improve lab-grown meat

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 12:00pm
Lab-grown meat can be shaped into steaks and meatballs, but it can be lacking in the flavour department. Aromatic chemicals that are released when heated could offer a solution
Categories: Astronomy

Artificial flavours released by cooking aim to improve lab-grown meat

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 12:00pm
Lab-grown meat can be shaped into steaks and meatballs, but it can be lacking in the flavour department. Aromatic chemicals that are released when heated could offer a solution
Categories: Astronomy

NOAA's upcoming GeoXO satellites could be 'weather-monitoring platform of the future'

Space.com - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 12:00pm
NASA has awarded Lockheed Martin a $2.27 billion contract to build NOAA's next generation GeoXO weather satellite constellation.
Categories: Astronomy

M83: Star Streams and a Thousand Rubies

APOD - Tue, 07/09/2024 - 12:00pm

Big, bright, and beautiful,


Categories: Astronomy, NASA