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Deep Purple telescope is one step closer to launch

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 by

In January 2024, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) space hardware team completed the qualification of the Deep Purple payload. This payload is set to be aboard NASA’s Pathfinder Technology Demonstrator-R (PTD-R) satellite, scheduled for launch this summer. Once operational, Deep Purple will observe ultraviolet (UV) and short-wave infrared (SWIR...


Voyager 1 resumes sending science data from all four instruments

Sunday, June 16, 2024 by

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is once again conducting normal science operations after addressing a technical issue from November 2023. The team partially resolved the problem in April by initiating the return of engineering data, including health and status updates of the spacecraft. On May 19, the mission team sent a command to start returning science data. Two of t...


Jammed door on XRISM telescope blocks low-energy X-ray observation

Saturday, June 15, 2024 by

Astronomers were thrilled at the prospect of uncovering new insights into the universe's formation and dark matter through the X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM), a collaborative project between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and NASA. The telescope, launched successfully in September 2023, encountered an unexpected problem: one of the ...


Billionaire proposes SpaceX mission to upgrade Hubble telescope

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 by

Polaris Dawn commander and billionaire Jared Isaacman has expressed a strong desire to upgrade the Hubble Telescope through a privately funded SpaceX mission. However, the feasibility of such a mission remains uncertain. Billionaire proposes upgrading Hubble telescope via private SpaceX mission NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, which has been in service since 199...