Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Science Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by Eugene N. Parker predicted the existence of solar wind in 1958. The NASA spacecraft, scheduled to launch on Saturday, is the first named for a living person. ByKenneth Chang Aug. 10, 2018 CHICAGO — It was 1958. Sputnik had launched only a year earlier, the first human-made object to circle the planet. But the beach ball-size spacecraft had no instruments to measure anything in space. The study of what was up there was largely limited to what scientists could observe from the ground. It certainly looked like the vast expanses between planets were empty. And that is what most scientists believed. But not Eugene N. Parker, then a 31-year-old, no-name professor at the University of Chicago. In a foundational paper published in The Astrophysical Journal, Dr. Parker described how charged particles … [Read more...] about Today the Parker Solar Probe Is Named for Him. 60 Years Ago, No One Believed His Ideas About the Sun.
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Science Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by ByKenneth Chang Aug. 10, 2018 Early on Saturday, NASA postponed the launch of its Parker Solar Probe spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Fla. We are scrubbed for the day and resetting for a 24-hour recycle. #DeltaIV #SolarProbe— ULA (@ulalaunch) August 11, 2018 Another launch attempt is possible on Sunday. The space agency has touted the mission as one that will “touch the sun.” Here is some background information on the spacecraft. Why would anyone want to touch the sun? The spacecraft will eventually pass within 4 million miles of the sun’s surface. That may still sound like quite a ways, but it’s close enough to skim through the sun’s outer atmosphere. Four million miles is about one-tenth the distance between the sun and Mercury, the innermost planet of the solar … [Read more...] about NASA Delays Parker Solar Probe Launch
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Science Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by ByKenneth Chang Aug. 11, 2018 NASA’s Parker Solar Probe did not get off the ground early Saturday morning as a few glitches halted the countdown, and then time ran out in the 65-minute launch window. A second attempt will occur Sunday morning at 3:31 a.m. Eastern time. The spacecraft — which NASA touts will one day “touch the sun” — is on top of a Delta IV Heavy rocket built and operated by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The weather is not ideal, with only a 60 percent chance of favorable conditions. The attempt will be streamed online on NASA TV starting at 3 a.m. [ Sign up to get reminders for space and astronomy events on your calendar .] Why does NASA keep trying to launch at such an early hour? The main constraint … [Read more...] about NASA to Make Second Parker Solar Probe Launch Attempt
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Science Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByJacey Fortin Aug. 22, 2018 There is almost certainly ice water on the surface of the moon, hiding in the cold, dark places near the north and south poles, a new study shows. Scientists had already thought there was water up there, but now we have some of the most definitive proof to date. It appears that this ice — very muddy ice, mixed with a lot of lunar dust — exists inside craters where direct sunlight does not reach it. But we still do not know how deep it goes, or how exactly it got there. The authors of the study, published on Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, say the findings are exciting because they call for further exploration of our rocky satellite. The ice could even be a resource for human visitors — perhaps to be used for drinking … [Read more...] about Ice on the Surface of the Moon? Almost Certainly, New Research Shows
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