Students Start Mapping Cosmic Rays and Solar Wind with LUCID

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A satellite experiment to study cosmic rays and the solar wind that was devised by school students is now successfully collecting data in space. LUCID, the Langton Ultimate Cosmic ray Intensity Detector, uses particle detectors from CERN to study the radiation environment in low Earth orbit. 16-year old Cal Hewitt, from the Langton Star Center,

Three days countdown for MMS Launch

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On March 12, 2015, NASA plans to launch the Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission. MMS consists of four identical spacecraft that will orbit around Earth through the dynamic magnetic system surrounding our planet to study a little-understood phenomenon called magnetic reconnection. The MMS mission is a Solar Terrestrial Probes mission comprising four identically instrumented

  • Our Sun as seen by the SWAP instrument on board ESA's SSA mission, Proba-2, on 31 October 2014. (ESA/ROB)

ESA’s Proba-2 celebrates: Five years in space

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ESA's Proba-2 celebrates five years in orbit today. From technology demonstrator to solar observatory and now space weather platform, the mission has provided triple value to European scientists. The second PRoject for OnBoard Autonomy mission was launched in 2009 as part of ESA’s programme for proving new technology in space. Orbiting at about 725 km,

Surfin’ on Sunlight! Privately Funded Solar Sail to Launch by 2016

Nine years after a rocket failure destroyed its solar-sailing spacecraft, the Planetary Society — the nonprofit space advocacy group led by scientist and popular TV host Bill Nye -- is ready for another try. On Wednesday (July 9), the Planetary Society announced launch dates for its LightSail-1 spacecraft — a possible test flight in 2015