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NASA and other space agencies to host a hackathon in June

NASA and other space agencies to host a hackathon in June

NASA, ESA, and JAXA have announced they will be hosting a hackathon to study the environmental effects of COVID-19. The hackathon will run from June 23 through June 29 and is officially called the Earth Observation Dashboard Hackathon. All around the world, many countries have taken similar steps in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including large-scale lockdowns and mass deployment of personal protective equipment such as masks.

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An iceberg measuring 4220 square kilometers has broken off the Ronne Ice Shelf

An iceberg measuring 4220 square kilometers has broken off the Ronne Ice Shelf

One of the Antarctic ice sheets is called the Ronne Ice Shelf and is located in the Weddell Sea. The European Space Agency (ESA) has reported that a gigantic iceberg has calved from the western side of the ice shelf. The iceberg has been dubbed A-76 and measures 4320 square kilometers in size, making it the largest iceberg in the world.

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ESA pushes ahead on Starlink-GPS style hybrid network for the Moon

ESA pushes ahead on Starlink-GPS style hybrid network for the Moon

An incredible network of lunar satellites, ringing the Moon and powering a telecoms and navigation system there, is another step closer to reality, the European Space Agency has announced today. The ESA's Moonlight plan would address one of the growing areas of concern as humanity plans a crewed return to the lunar surface, delivering stable communications between teams and back with mission control on Earth.

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Solar Orbiter scores an unexpected first sighting for NASA’s Sun imager

Solar Orbiter scores an unexpected first sighting for NASA’s Sun imager

NASA and the ESA's Solar Orbiter may not be fully operational yet, but that hasn't stopped the Sun probe from capturing one of its first gushes of magnetically-charged plasma from the corona of our nearest star. It's among the first data tidbits from the spacecraft after a long year of travel from Earth to the Sun, where scientists expect it to help answer lingering questions about the impact of solar activity on our planet.

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ESA wants to make astronauts’ shared spacesuit underwear more hygienic

ESA wants to make astronauts’ shared spacesuit underwear more hygienic

Yes, it's true -- astronauts share 'underwear' when they put on spacesuits to work outside of the International Space Station. This isn't quite the same type of underwear you're thinking of, as the astronauts first put on a disposable diaper, then the full-body underwear layer. Still, there are some downsides to this arrangement that the ESA is attempting to address with a new project.

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Scientists may power future Martian missions by flying a kite

Scientists may power future Martian missions by flying a kite

Currently, rovers that are exploring the surface of Mars are often powered by solar energy. Some rely on other sources of energy, but solar is common. The challenge is that solar panels can get covered by dust that proliferates on the surface of Mars, reducing power or potentially leaving the systems they power unable to operate. Researchers at the ESA have been working on a new potential way to power rovers on Mars in the future that involves flying a kite.

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New processing techniques make a Hubble image of the Veil Nebula more spectacular

New processing techniques make a Hubble image of the Veil Nebula more spectacular

Over the many years the Hubble Space Telescope has spent orbiting the Earth, it has had its share of issues. The space telescope has also taken some of the most spectacular images of the cosmos humans have ever seen. One of the most beautiful images Hubble has taken is of the Veil Nebula.

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ESA Lunar Pathfinder mission will use advanced satellite navigation

ESA Lunar Pathfinder mission will use advanced satellite navigation

The ESA is talking about its Lunar Pathfinder mission to the moon. That mission will carry an advanced satellite navigation receiver and will perform the first satnav positioning fix in lunar orbit. The ESA says the experimental payload is a preliminary step in its plan to expand reliable satnav coverage and communication links to explorers around and on the moon during the decade.

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Mars Express helps researchers solve a Martian mystery that happens each spring

Mars Express helps researchers solve a Martian mystery that happens each spring

Each year when spring arrives in southern Mars, a strange cloud of water ice emerges near the extremely tall Arsia Mons volcano. The cloud stretches for hundreds of kilometers before it fades away over hours. Researchers have been performing a detailed long-term study of the phenomena and has discovered the secret of the elongated cloud using observations from the Mars WebCam on the ESA Mars Express spacecraft.

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ESA offers details on plans for exploring lunar caves

ESA offers details on plans for exploring lunar caves

Back in 2019, the European Space Agency (ESA) asked for ideas for detecting, mapping, and exploring lunar caves. The ESA selected five of those ideas to be studied in more detail, with each addressing a different phase of a potential mission to the moon for exploring lunar caves. There were five Sysnova studies, and three mission scenarios were developed.

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Massive Apophis asteroid will flyby the earth next month

Massive Apophis asteroid will flyby the earth next month

There are several disaster movies out there that show what it might be like if a giant asteroid or comet impacted the earth. Asteroids have hit the earth in the distant past, and one such impact is credited with wiping the vast majority of dinosaurs off the planet. One of the most concerning asteroids that passes through our solar system is known as Apophis.

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ESA’s Solar Orbiter is currently behind the sun

ESA’s Solar Orbiter is currently behind the sun

The ESA is currently operating a scientific mission in space using the Solar Orbiter known as Solo by the team operating it. The spacecraft has been in orbit for a year, having launched on February 10, 2020. Its mission is to image the sun and observe the solar wind while attempting to unravel many lingering mysteries about the solar cycle.

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