NASA plans to light a “Large Scale Fire” in space
When Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft launches later this month, it’s going to bring a whole bunch of experiments to space, but one in particular should be exciting. It is, in essence, a big box of fire.
The Spacecraft Fire Experiment (or Saffire) has been in the works for a while now, and this video from NASA’s Glenn Research Center lays out the basics:
Poland, Ukraine bolster space cooperation
Poland’s leading defense group PGZ has signed a deal with the State Space Agency of Ukraine under which the two countries’ defense and space industries will cooperate on new joint projects, including satellite development, the company said in a March 8 statement
Marek Banaszkiewicz, the president of the Polish Space Agency (POLSA), said that the bilateral collaboration is to be focused on rocket and space technology, research, remote sensing, as well as strengthening national security.
“Ukraine and Poland have considerable experience in processing of remote sensing data, but we are also interested also in … spacecraft of this type, taking into consideration the achievements of Ukraine in [developing] remote sensing satellites,” Banaszkiewicz said at the meeting. “I am confident that, by combining the experience and potential of Ukraine with the capabilities and knowledge of Poland … we can become worthy competitors not only [in Europe], but throughout the world.”
Close comet flyby threw Mars’ magnetic field into chaos
Just weeks before the historic encounter of comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) with Mars in October 2014, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft entered orbit around the Red Planet.
To protect sensitive equipment aboard MAVEN from possible harm, some instruments were turned off during the flyby; the same was done for other Mars orbiters. But a few instruments, including MAVEN’s magnetometer, remained on, conducting observations from a front-row seat during the comet’s remarkably close flyby.
The one-of-a-kind opportunity gave scientists an intimate view of the havoc that the comet’s passing wreaked on the magnetic environment, or magnetosphere, around Mars. The effect was temporary but profound.
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