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Bad day for space probes: one lost on Mars, another in 'safe mode' at Jupiter

Nasa announces Juno craft circling gas giant had to shut down camera and instruments, while ESA says Schiaparelli lander may have crashed on red planet Nasa’s Juno space probe orbiting Jupiter went into “safe mode” with cameras and instruments offline just as it prepared to pass over the immense planet’s dense cloud tops, the space agency said. Show More Summary

Glitch, safe mode as Juno space probe orbits Jupiter

Officials in charge of NASA's Juno space probe orbiting Jupiter last weekend delayed a crucial maneuver due to a main engine malfunction, they said. In addition, the ship's computer systems automatically went into safety mode early Wednesday (5:47 GMT). Show More Summary

NASA spacecraft loses computer before close encounter with Jupiter

5 days agoNews : The Raw Story

NASA’s Juno spacecraft lost its main computer and science instruments shortly before it was due to make an orbital pass near Jupiter on Wednesday, scuttling highly anticipated close-up observations of the largest planet in the solar system. The U.S. space agency said the glitch followed an...

NASA's Jupiter probe runs into trouble

5 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

Engineers are troubleshooting a pair of problems that interrupted science observations by NASA's Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter

NASA's $1 billion Jupiter probe has suffered 2 big problems in 2 days

NASA's tennis court-size Juno probe is in a bit of a sticky situation 600 million miles from Earth. Just days before Juno swooped by Jupiter on Wednesday morning — its second 130,000 mph flyby since August 27 — the spacecraft experienced...Show More Summary

Juno spacecraft in safe mode for latest Jupiter flyby

NASA's Juno spacecraft entered safe mode Tuesday, Oct. 18 at about 10:47 p.m. PDT (Oct. 19 at 1:47 a.m. EDT). Early indications are a software performance monitor induced a reboot of the spacecraft's onboard computer. The spacecraft acted as expected during the transition into safe mode, restarted successfully and is healthy. Show More Summary

The 40-Year-Old Logo America Really Needs Right Now

5 days agoArts : Wired: Design

Bruce Blackburn, the designer behind NASA's worm logo, designed this symbol for the United States' 200th birthday. Maybe it's time to bring it back. The post The 40-Year-Old Logo America Really Needs Right Now appeared first on WIRE...

NASA analyzes Typhoon Haima in visible and infrared light

NASA satellite data provided a look at Super Typhoon Haima in visible and infrared light to show the extent and strength of the storm.

NASA catches Tropical Depression Sarika's landfall

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Depression Sarika made landfall early on Oct. 19 as NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead and provided an image of the storm.

NASA analyzes Typhoon Haima in visible and infrared light

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA satellite data provided a look at Super Typhoon Haima in visible and infrared light to show the extent and strength of the storm.The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite instrument aboard the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite provided an infrared image of Haima on Oct. 18 and a visible image on Oct. 19.

NASA is experimenting with VR to deal with isolation on missions to Mars

Mars is a long way from home, and the trips between here and the Red Planet could be a long, lonely time. How can we keep astronauts from the psychological hazards of extended isolation in deep space?

NASA's MAVEN mission observes ups and downs of water escape from Mars

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) MAVEN has determined that Mars's escaping water does not always go gently into space.

Last month was the hottest September ever

It marked the 11th month of record-high temperatures in the past year, according to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Pluto's Skies Might Be More Earth-Like Than We Imagined

5 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Here’s a dazzling thought: Pluto’s blue skies may be cloudy. Earlier this year, we heard a rumor that scientists were considering the possibility of clouds on Pluto. According to NASA, that rumor is very much alive, and a hot topic of discussion at a planetary science conference this week. Read more...

MAVEN mission observes ups and downs of water escape from Mars

After investigating the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet for a full Martian year, NASA's MAVEN mission has determined that the escaping water does not always go gently into space.

Ultraviolet Mars [Video]

NASA's MAVEN mission returns stunning ultraviolet images of the Red Planet -- Read more on

NASA's Amazing 2020 Mars Mission to Search for Ancient Fossils --"Unlike Earth, Mars is a Beautifully Preserved Fossil"

Unlike seismically active Earth, Mars is a planetary-sized fossil. A new NASA mission named Mars 2020, the next-generation rover will carry a sophisticated mobile geology lab designed to search for signs of fossil single-celled algae and bacteria that are the...

NASA Can’t Deny This! Tiny ‘Mars Critter’ Fleeing Curiosity Rover Grabbed And Eaten By Hungry Alien Predator, UFO Hunter Claims [Video]

A UFO hunter has challenged NASA to explain an incredible anomaly discovered in a recent set of Mars images. Time lapse footage (see video below) constructed from a set of images captured by Curiosity rover and uploaded recently to YouTube appears — according to UFO hunters — to show a small Mars animal being captured... Show More Summary

Deep-space images show violent wind collision in one of the heaviest stars in our galaxy

A revolutionary study involving researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy (MPIfR) in Germany, Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, and NASA in the USA, has obtained the sharpest ever images of one of the heaviest stars in our Galaxy. Show More Summary

X-ray point source discovered at the center of a distant dwarf galaxy Henize 2-10

(—NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has helped astronomers to uncover a previously unidentified X-ray point source at the massive black hole in the center of a distant compact starburst galaxy known as Henize 2-10. The findings are available in a paper published Oct. 5 on the arXiv pre-print server.

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