Puerto Rico: Iconic Arecibo Observatory telescope collapses (BBC)

BBC: Puerto Rico: Iconic Arecibo Observatory telescope collapses. “A huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico has collapsed after decades of astronomical discoveries. The US National Science Foundation (NSF) said the telescope’s 900-ton instrument platform fell onto a reflector dish some 450ft (137m) below. It came just weeks after officials announced that the telescope would be dismantled amid safety fears, following damage to its support system.”

The Canberra Times: The world’s largest camera and most exciting telescope are nearly here

The Canberra Times: The world’s largest camera and most exciting telescope are nearly here. “Making telescopes larger allows you to see fainter and therefore more distant objects but it doesn’t help you catch a supernova explosion if you are not pointing the telescope in the right direction. The Rubin Observatory solves this problem with a telescope design that allows for a very large field-of-view of 10 square degrees, 40 times the size of the full moon. This is also why it needs such a large camera – to be able to capture the details of such a huge part of the sky.”

Google Blog: Celebrating 20 years of human life on the ISS with NASA

Google Blog: Celebrating 20 years of human life on the ISS with NASA. “Today we’re proud to announce on Google Arts & Culture a new online celebration of this week’s 20th anniversary of humans living and working on the International Space Station (ISS). Created in collaboration with NASA, this project includes NASA collections, stories, and some new games to help anybody learn more and engage in this important milestone in space exploration.”

Digital Trends: Browse hundreds of images of Mars captured by ESA’s Mars Express webcam

Digital Trends: Browse hundreds of images of Mars captured by ESA’s Mars Express webcam. “If you’ve ever wanted to get a close-up look at Mars, the European Space Agency (ESA) has just released a treasure trove of images. Captured by the Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC) instrument onboard the Mars Express orbiter, these images come from data captured between 2007 and this year, in addition to observations of the release of the Beagle 2 lander in 2003.”

The Hutchinson News: Cosmosphere creating digitally interactive 3D model of Liberty Bell 7

The Hutchinson News: Cosmosphere creating digitally interactive 3D model of Liberty Bell 7. “Space students from ages 1 to 101 will be able to get close enough to see rivets on spacecrafts, all from their home computers, thanks to a new 3D imaging project at the Cosmosphere. Last week, the Cosmosphere began creating high-resolution, full-color, digitally interactive 3D models of the space museum’s collection starting with one of its most iconic crafts — the Mercury spacecraft Liberty Bell 7.”

NASA: AI Is Helping Scientists Discover Fresh Craters on Mars

NASA: AI Is Helping Scientists Discover Fresh Craters on Mars. “Sometime between March 2010 and May 2012, a meteor streaked across the Martian sky and broke into pieces, slamming into the planet’s surface. The resulting craters were relatively small – just 13 feet (4 meters) in diameter. The smaller the features, the more difficult they are to spot using Mars orbiters. But in this case – and for the first time – scientists spotted them with a little extra help: artificial intelligence (AI).”

Volunteers wanted: NASA’s Planet Patrol wants your help to find alien worlds (Space)

Space: Volunteers wanted: NASA’s Planet Patrol wants your help to find alien worlds. “You can help NASA’s newest planet-hunting mission do its otherworldly work. The space agency just launched a citizen-science project called Planet Patrol, which asks volunteers around the world to sort through images collected by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).”

Supercluster: The Space Age Museum

Supercluster: The Space Age Museum. “Peter Kleeman is the founder and curator of Space Age Museum, a vast archive of pop culture ephemera that showcases ‘how everyday people participated in the adventure of space exploration during the 20th Century.’ Supercluster’s Robin Seemangal and Jamie Carreiro interviewed Peter Kleeman for the Supercluster Podcast. Below, Peter shared more insight on his mission to preserve this unique moment in space history.”

SlashGear: NASA’s new tool lets anyone watch Perseverance rover’s journey in real-time

SlashGear: NASA’s new tool lets anyone watch Perseverance rover’s journey in real-time. “Following its recent successful launch of the spacecraft, NASA’s Perseverance rover is on its way to Mars, a journey that will take several months. All will be quiet during this time, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait for more information. NASA has launched a free online tool that enables anyone to monitor the rover’s journey in real-time, read information about the journey, and see which celestial body the spacecraft is closest to at any given moment.”

The Dish: Australia’s Most Famous Radio Telescope Added to Heritage List (Gizmodo)

Gizmodo: The Dish: Australia’s Most Famous Radio Telescope Added to Heritage List. “The CSIRO’s Parkes Observatory, known colloquially as The Dish, will be the 118th entry to the National Heritage List, joining the ranks of Australia’s most iconic attractions, including the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Opera House.”

Arizona State University: Create your own planetary adventure with ASU’s new 3D terrain app

Arizona State University: Create your own planetary adventure with ASU’s new 3D terrain app. “… the Mars Space Flight Facility teamed up recently with Assistant Professor Robert LiKamWa and graduate student Lauren Gold of the Meteor Studio in ASU’s School of Arts Media and Engineering to launch a new smartphone app called JMARS AR Viewer. In developing the app, they were assisted by ASU undergraduates Hannah Bartolomea and Shaun Xiong, and Hamilton High School student Alexander Gonzalez. Downloadable for free from the Apple and Android stores, the JMARS AR Viewer allows users to virtually project planetary terrains from Mars, Mercury, Earth and the moon onto their physical environment.”

Science Alert: What Did Hubble Capture on Your Birthday? New NASA Tool Lets You Find Out

Science Alert: What Did Hubble Capture on Your Birthday? New NASA Tool Lets You Find Out. “Every hour, seven days a week, 365 days a year, Hubble is busy doing something. Which means the telescope’s back catalogue would have something cool for every day of the year. For Hubble’s 30th anniversary, NASA has created a fun feature. On the space telescope’s website, there’s now a function that allows you to type in the day and month of your birth, and see what Hubble captured on one of your past birthdays.”

Space: You can build your own Earth 2.0 with the awesome website ‘Earth-like’

Space: You can build your own Earth 2.0 with the awesome website ‘Earth-like’. “You can now build your very own Earth 2.0! A new website allows users to create an Earth-like planet with a wide selection of options in an effort to demonstrate how many of the new exoplanets lauded as ‘Earth-like’ may not resemble our planet at all. The researchers behind this website hope to clear up some of the confusion about what the phrase ‘Earth-like’ really means.”

NASA: #NASAatHome – Let NASA Bring the Universe to Your Home

NASA: #NASAatHome – Let NASA Bring the Universe to Your Home. “NASA at Home offers something for the whole family. It brings together a repository of binge-worthy videos and podcasts, engaging E-books on a variety of topics, do-it-yourself projects, and virtual and augmented reality tours, which include the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station, as well as an app that puts you in the pilot’s seat of a NASA aircraft.”