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futureNASA’s Galactic Positioning System will enable autonomous spacecraft

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A NASA space telescope called the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) has been used to develop a brand new technology with near-term, practical applications: a galactic positioning system. Without this system it is not possible to determine a spaceship’s …

exoplanetsNASA and Spacex target launching TESS planet hunting telescope within 9 hours

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NASA and SpaceX are targeting the launch of NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for no earlier than 6:51 p.m. EDT. Frequent updates …

astronomyModular Active Self-Assembling Space Telescope Swarms

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Dmitry Savransky, Cornell University, proposes a modular, self-assembling architecture enabling the construction of 30+ m diameter, reflective, space telescopes with active optics. The entire structure of the telescope, including the primary and secondary mirrors, secondary support structure and planar sunshield …

astronomyDirect Megapixel Imaging and Spectroscopy of an Exoplanet with a Solar Gravity Lens Mission

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NASA Innovative Advanced concepts has a phase 2 study of a mission to the regions outside our solar system, with the objective of conducting direct high-resolution imaging and spectroscopy of a habitable exoplanet by exploiting optical properties of the solar …

astronomyCarnival of Space 554

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The Carnival of Space 554 is up at Urban Astronomer. This Bizarre Image is a 3D Scan of a Cave Network in Spain. This Technology Could be Used to Map Out Lava Tubes on the Moon and Mars A team …

astronomyIn Mid-April NASA will launch next generation planet hunting space telescope

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NASA’s next planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), is scheduled to launch as early as April 16, 2018. TESS is expected to find thousands of planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, orbiting the nearest and brightest …

astronomyCarnival of Space 552

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The Carnival of Space 552 is up at Brown Spaceman Universe Today – A New Planetary System Has Been Found with Three Super Earths Above – Artist’s impression of a view from the HD 7924 planetary system looking back toward …

astronomyTESS space telescope will find many Earth and Super-Earth like Exoplanets starting this year

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The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will discover thousands of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky. In a two-year survey of the solar neighborhood, TESS will monitor more than 200,000 stars for temporary drops in brightness …

astronomyCarnival of Space 550

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The Carnival of Space 500 is up at The Venus Transit. Universe Today – Astronomers Observe the Rotating Accretion Disk Around the Supermassive Black Hole in M77 Universe Today – OSIRIS-REx Sends Home an Image of the Earth and Moon

astronomyCarnival of Space 549

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Carnival of Space 549 is up at Universe Today Chandra X-Ray Space Telescope blog – The Billion-year Race Between Black Holes and Galaxies: Mar Mezcua Chandra X-Ray Space Telescope blog – The Billion-year Race Between Black Holes and Galaxies: Guang …