Perseverance Mars rover wind sensor damaged by pebbles

Mars can be an awfully windy place, it turns out. The Perseverance rover touched down on the Red Planet in February 2021 carrying, among other instruments, a weather station dubbed Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA). That instrument includes two wind sensors that measure speed and direction, among several other sensors that provide weather metrics such …

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Killer whales are slaughtering great white sharks near Capetown.

In the waters off of South Africa, a killer whale killing spree is raging. Since 2017, a pair of male orcas (Orcinus orca) have slaughtered at least eight great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) near the Gansbaai coast, tearing the fearsome fish apart and eating their livers in all but one case. Some of the sharks …

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Tianwen-1: China’s Mars probe has photographed the entire red planet

Tianwen-1, which means “quest for heavenly truth,” was launched in 2020 and landed on Mars last May, when the Zhurong rover on board started its mission of patrolling and exploring the planet while the orbiter spun overhead. In a statement, China’s National Space Agency (CNSA) said the probe has now completed all its assigned tasks, …

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SpaceX cargo mission delayed again, to July 14

SpaceX and NASA have set a new date for the already-delayed CRS-25 resupply mission that will send a robotic Dragon capsule to the International Space Station aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. NASA now says the robotic mission will launch no earlier than July 14. Earlier this month, NASA and SpaceX announced they were standing down …

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NanoAvionics Small Satellite Uses GoPro for Selfie in Space

A view of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from low Earth orbit (shown at 8x normal speed). Gif: NanoAvionics/Gizmodo Proprietary space-grade cameras are expensive, limited, and a pain to develop. Smallsat manufacturer NanoAvionics recently sidestepped any development issues and opted for something off the shelf instead. The company used a GoPro Hero 7 mounted to a …

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William Herschel Is Famous for Science. What About His Music?

However, Herschel was unwilling to entertain a move to the busy but musically competitive London. So, after a brief stint as organist of Halifax Parish Church in West Yorkshire — according to Miller, he informed the panel in his audition that he had already accepted a better offer elsewhere — he moved to Bath in …

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James Webb Space Telescope: Just a huge thermal camera | Science | In-depth reporting on science and technology | DW

Scientists are abuzz with anticipation for the first full-color images from the James Webb Space Telescope, the biggest and most powerful infrared space-based telescope, which will be revealed in July. “[The images] are sure to deliver a long-awaited ‘wow’ for astronomers and the public,” said Klaus Pontoppidan, an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in …

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NASA aims to launch the SLS rocket in just 2 months

Enlarge / The Space Launch System rocket will be back to the Vehicle Assembly Building this week. Trevor Mahlmann The US space agency has spent a long, long time designing, developing, building, and testing the Space Launch System rocket. When NASA created the rocket program in 2010, US legislators said the SLS booster should be …

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SpaceX’s Starship Super Heavy rocket at launch pad for tests

SpaceX’s massive Starship project was on the move last week, as its “Booster 7” Super Heavy rocket prototype moved to its South Texas test pad Thursday (June 23). The Starship rocket and its Super Heavy is set for pressure testing and perhaps, a static fire test at its facility near Boca Chica that would assess …

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