(CNN) For the first time in 50 years, a spacecraft is preparing to launch on a journey to the moon.
The uncrewed Artemis I mission, including the Space Launch System Rocket and Orion spacecraft, is targeting liftoff on August 29 between 8:33 a.m. ET and 10:33 a.m. ET from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Although there is no human crew aboard the mission, it’s the first step of the Artemis program, which aims to return humans to the moon and eventually land them on Mars.
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Carina Nebula: Nebulae are the stellar nurseries in which stars are born. Carina is one of the largest and brightest in the night skies, approximately 7,600 light-years away, in the constellation Carina, and home to many stars several more times massive than our Sun. It’s also home to the most luminous star we know of in the Milky Way — the primary star of WR25, a binary star system. It’s about 2.4 million times brighter than our sun.
Astronomers are releasing images of stellar nurseries, a gas-giant exoplanet, a quintet of galaxies and an expanding cloud of gas around a dying star as the most powerful telescope yet continues to show off its prowess at probing the depths of the universe.
After nearly two decades and $10 billion, the James Webb Space Telescope — called by one of its creators “arguably the most complex machine that humanity has ever built” — was on Tuesday morning publicly sharing the fruit of its astronomical capabilities with the rest of the planet.
The new images follow the sneak peek offered Monday in the form of a first picture — a deep field view back in time to some of the earliest days of the universe, aided by the gravitational pull of a cluster of galaxies. The debut image was released as NASA officials briefed U.S. President Joe Biden on the Webb telescope.
President Joe Biden unveiled this image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723, known as Webb’s First Deep Field, during a White House event Monday, July 11.
Webb’s image covers a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length by someone on the ground – and reveals thousands of galaxies in a tiny sliver of vast universe.
Webb’s sharp near-infrared view brought out faint structures in extremely distant galaxies, offering the most detailed view of the early universe to date. NASA and its partners will release the full series of Webb’s first full-color images and data, known as spectra, Tuesday, July 12, during a live NASA TV broadcast.
(CNN) NASA is putting a team together to study unidentified aerial phenomena, popularly known as UFOs, the US space agency said Thursday.
The team will gather data on “events in the sky that cannot be identified as aircraft or known natural phenomena — from a scientific perspective,” the agency said.
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NASA said it was interested in UAPs from a security and safety perspective. There was no evidence UAPs are extraterrestrial in origin, NASA added. The study will begin this fall and is expected to take nine months.
“NASA believes that the tools of scientific discovery are powerful and apply here also,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.
By NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, May 30, 2022
This image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope features the Grand Design Spiral, NGC 3631, located approximately 53 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Ursa Major.
The “arms” of grand design spirals appear to wind around and into the galaxy’s nucleus.
In contrast to multi-arm and flocculent spirals, which have softer structural elements, a grand designspiral galaxy has obvious and well-defined spiral arms. A grand design galaxy’s spiral arms stretch clearly across the galaxy through many radians and may be seen over a considerable proportion of the galaxy’s radius.