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Boop! DART Impacts an Asteroid

asteroid moonlet Dimorphos
By Dr. Lisa Will, Resident Astronomer at the Fleet Science Center 
September 29, 2022
 
NASA successfully crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid on Monday, September 26. Why did they want to do that? The answer is in the name of the mission. 
 

The James Webb Telescope Shows Us What's Possible

The primary mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope being packed up for shipment to its launch site last year. Credit: Chris Gunn/NASA, via Reuters
By Steven Snyder, Ph.D. President and CEO of the Fleet Science Center. 
 
On Feb. 3, NASA announced that the first photons had made their way through the James Webb Space Telescope. This moment marked another milestone in a decades-long effort to expand our view of the universe. I first encountered the Webb 11 years ago at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. There, under a sign that read “Seeing the First Light,” a group from NASA was sharing its dreams for the famed Hubble Space Telescope’s successor.
 

The Fleet Science Center 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Getting the ideal gift for friends and family is no easy feat, so we've created a holiday gift guide! Find something for everyone on your list right here at the Fleet, all while supporting our mission of realizing a San Diego where everyone is connected to the power of science. 

Perseverance is about to land on Mars!

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
By Dr. Lisa Will, Resident Astronomer at the Fleet Science Center
 
NASA’s next Mars rover, named Perseverance, will be landing on Mars on February 18, 2021. Launched on July 30, 2020 (another name for the mission Mars 2020), the spacecraft will complete an almost 300-million-mile journey and begin its exploration of Jezero Crater.
 
So, what will Perseverance do during its planned mission? It will spend almost two Earth years (about one Martian year) doing the following:
 

OSIRIS-REx and a Closer View of Bennu

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin

By Dr. Lisa Will, Resident Astronomer at the Fleet Science Center

What can scientists hope to learn from one of the oldest asteroids in our solar system? The possibilities are endless, and soon we’ll know a whole lot more as the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft dips to its lowest orbit yet around the asteroid Bennu. It’s already giving us an amazing close-up view, but that’s only the beginning.

TESS Shares First Science Images!

by Dr. Lisa Will, Resident Astronomer at the Fleet Science Center

This week, the NASA spacecraft TESS released its first science images.  Launched in April 2018, TESS stands for “Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.” The goal of its planned two-year mission is to discover small, Earth-like planets using the “transit” method of planet detection, looking for small dips in the light of a star due to a planet passing in between it and our perspective from Earth.

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