News from Space – Week of 9-10-2017

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News from Space – Week of 9-10-2017

 

Hurricane Irma, Jose and Katia smash the North American Peninsula

The current hurricane season has been unusually active in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which caused significant flooding in the American state of Texas, Irma roared through the Caribbean islands, damaging homes and forcing evacuations. Irma made landfall in the United States, with storm surge warnings being posted for the state of Florida. Some surges are expected to reach up to four and a half meters.

NASA’s spacecraft Cassini prepares for it’s suicide

The spacecraft, which is currently orbiting Saturn, will take a death plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15th. The probe, which is running out of fuel, is set to self-destruct to prevent any earth contaminants from reaching other solar system bodies, which could cause cross-planetary contamination.

New Decrees Posted in Asgardia

Decrees 9 and 10 were released this week on Asgardia dot Space, highlighting the adoption of the country’s new Constitution and establishing Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli as head of the Space Kingdom of Asgardia. Also announced were various other measures, including the coat of Arms, and the much awaited Asgardia flag. More information is available on www.asgardia.space.

Solar Flares Create Spectacle

Our solar system’s sun released several massive giant solar flares last week, first on Monday, September 4th, and again on the following wednesday. Two more were reported on Thursday. The flare from Wednesday was the largest recorded within the last decade. The solar activity, which is unusual considering the star’s 11 year minimal cycle led to an earthwide geomagnetic storm watch, causing communications networks to go down and forcing the Aurora Borealis as far south as the lower northern hemisphere.

New Information Released on Jupiter’s Auroras

NASA released information this week in regards to Jupiter’s bright auroras, as witnessed by the Juno spacecraft, which has allowed scientists to observe the charged particles that generate them. Jupiter’s auroras are hundreds of times more energetic than thos on earth, but do not emanate visible light.

Steampunk Rover Concept Announced

NASA’s Joint Propulsion Laboratory rolled out a new concept vehicle that features more analog engineering than electronics, due to the extreme environmental conditions it could face. This “steampunk model,” as described on space.com, would be used to potentially explore venus.

US Astronaut Returns to Earth

Peggy Whitson, the Record Setting American astronaut returned to Earth on September 3rd, following a record shattering 288 days in space. She landed safely with crewmates Jack Fischer and Fyodor Yurchikhin on September 3rd.

New Horizons Plans Close Obejct Pass

NASA’s New Horizons team may steer their spacecraft incredibly close to an object known as 2014 MU69 as it flies by on January 1st, 2019. New Horizons will be 3 times closer to the object than it was to Pluto.

Stay tuned each week to Voices of Asgardia for updated news from space.

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