SpaceX Launches Hotbird 13F Satellite for Eutelsat
On October 15, SpaceX launched the Hotbird 13F mission – new C-band communications satellite – for France’s Eutelsat to replace older satellites.
Crew Dragon Freedom Returns After 170 Days at ISS
The four astronauts of the Crew 4 mission arrived on Earth from the ISS on October 14 aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Freedom.
China Sends Up Another Radar Satellite and Three Yaogan Sats
On October 13, China launched a radar satellite into orbit, and on October 14, they launched three more Yoagan satellites for the Chinese military.
JAXA Triggers Flight Termination of Launch
On October 11, a Japanese Epsilon rocket launched the RAISE 3 mission along with other payloads but was unfortunately lost around first-stage shutdown.
Europa’s Eruptions Likely from Shallow Surface Lakes
Computer models find that eruptions seen on Europa are likely coming from shallow lake embedded in the ice rather than the subsurface ocean as expected.
InSight Lander Faces Winter Dust Storms
A recent global dust storm on Mars has increased the red planet’s haze by 40% around the InSight lander, whose power was subsequently turned off for a couple weeks.
Astronomers Observe Lucy from Australia
Researchers at Curtin University in Australia were asked by NASA to make observations of the Lucy spacecraft and successfully captured video of the pass.
DART Changes Dimorphos’ Orbit!
Measurements taken with a variety of ground telescopes determined that the DART spacecraft’s impact of Dimorphos changed the orbit by 32 minutes.
Massive Stellar Explosion Blasts Out Gamma Rays
On October 9, multiple space telescopes and instruments around the world detected a wave of high-energy light, indicating a massive gamma-ray burst.
Supernova Early Warning System Developed
A new paper gives scientists an early warning sign to watch for that could indicate an impending supernova from a red giant, where they fade away.