Lots of people have heard of SETI, and many probably know that at least part of the search is done using radio. Here is a great introduction to what SETI is looking for and why radio is so important.
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center posted this trailer for the Solar Orbiter mission. Launch planned for February, 2020 from Cape Canaveral.
On 19 January 2020 SpaceX and NASA conducted a test of the Crew Dragon launch escape system. They launched an unmanned Crew Dragon with a Falcon 9 rocket and had the Falcon 9 deliberately fail to test the escape system. As you can see in the video below, all went well and there was an amazing – and expected – explosion along the way. This is a very important step towards having US astronauts launch into space on a US built space craft from US soil, perhaps as soon as the second quarter of the year.
The new animated preview of what the first manned flight by the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft will look like. Sign me up!
A video simulating a Starship launch. Very cool. Sign me up!
Well over budget and well behind schedule, The James Webb Space Telescope passed a crucial milestone on the way towards launch.
Saturn has overtaken Jupiter as the planet with the most moons, according to US researchers.
A team discovered a haul of 20 new moons orbiting the ringed planet, bringing its total to 82; Jupiter, by contrast, has 79 natural satellites.
The moons were discovered using the Subaru telescope on Maunakea, Hawaii. See the full story here.