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Arecibo Radio Telescope 1963-2020

Part of the Arecibo radio telescope collapsed this summer. A supporting cable had snapped. Another cable gave way this month. I’d like to be writing about plans to repair the dish, replace aging cables and restore the historic observatory to … Continue reading

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Crew Dragon Demo-2 Returning

Update August 2, 2020 3:30 p.m. They’re back. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley rode Crew Dragon Endeavour down to the Gulf of Mexico, off the Pensacola coast. They’re on SpaceX recovery shop GO Navigator, headed back to Florida. Bob … Continue reading

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Mars 2020 Mission Launched

I watched NASA’s Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter take off at 6:50 this morning, 11:50 UTC. (July 30, 2020) If I heard coverage of the launch correctly, it wasn’t perfect. The Atlas V took off a few milliseconds early. A … Continue reading

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Demo-2’s Rescheduled Launch

Starting at 10:00 this morning, I’ll be watching NASA Live’s coverage of the rescheduled Demo-2 launch. That’s 10:00 this morning in Minnesota. It’ll be 15:00 UTC. The launch itself will, if all goes well and weather permits, be at 2:22 … Continue reading

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