South Korean lunar mission to search for minerals, ice and future landing sites

South Korean lunar mission to search for minerals, ice and future landing sites

Special to CosmicTribune.com, August 5, 2022 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Aug. 4, 2022, with South Korea’s first Moon mission: the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, called Danuri. Later missions will include an orbiter, lander, and rover. Danuri, from the Korean words dal and nurida, means “enjoy the Moon” and its […]

Those spectacular James Webb Space Telescope images: Real or fake?

Those spectacular James Webb Space Telescope images: Real or fake?

Analysis by CosmicTribune.com, July 21, 2022 What are we to make of the new images ostensibly from the James Webb Space Telescope? “These aren’t photographs. They are data visualizations!” noted Tim Fernholz in a report for Quartz. So are we to take these spectacular presentations on faith and the word of the Biden White House […]

Micrometeroid puts a tiny dint in one of 18 mirror segments in James Webb Space Telescope

Micrometeroid puts a tiny dint in one of 18 mirror segments in James Webb Space Telescope

Special to CosmicTribune.com, June 9, 2022 NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was struck by a larger than expected micrometeoroid in late May, slightly damaging one of the spacecraft’s 18 primary mirror segments. NASA said that the telescope is “still performing at a level that exceeds all mission requirements.” The telescope cost NASA nearly $10 billion […]

Why Elon Musk poses an existential threat to the Chinese Communist Party

Why Elon Musk poses an existential threat to the Chinese Communist Party

FPI / May 12, 2022 Geostrategy-Direct.com By Richard Fisher On May 5, China’s People Liberation Army Daily (PLAD), which runs the website China Military Online, published a detailed attack on Elon Musk’s growing Starlink constellation. This follows nearly a year of occasional protests after the now 2,200 satellite constellation threatened China’s new manned space station […]

James Webb Space Telescope aligns its 18 hexagonal mirror segments

James Webb Space Telescope aligns its 18 hexagonal mirror segments

Special to CosmicTribune.com, March 23, 2022 2MASS J17554042+6551277 is the coordinate-based catalog designation of the star centered in this sharp field of view of the world’s largest space telescope which was launched on Dec. 25, 2021. The diffraction pattern is created by the 18 hexagonal mirror segments of the James Webb Space Telescope. After unfolding, […]

The night sky on the first day of Spring 2022

The night sky on the first day of Spring 2022

Special to CosmicTribune.com, March 20, 2022 Highlights for the week of March 18-26, 2022 Spot Arcturus very low in the east-northeast after nightfall and higher in the east later in the evening. By modern measurements Arcturus is visual magnitude –0.05, making it the fourth-brightest nighttime star. It’s bested only by Sirius, Canopus, and Alpha Centauri. […]

Why does FBI care about solar hurricanes? Observatories closed worldwide for unspecified reasons

Why does FBI care about solar hurricanes? Observatories closed worldwide for unspecified reasons

Special to CosmicTribune.com At the same time Hurricane Florence was bearing down on the east coast of the U.S. and a massive hole opened in the Sun’s corona, at least seven solar observatories/space webcams shut down worldwide, reports say. The National Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico shut down on Sept. 6 and has not […]

Early astronomers: ‘Mathematics is the language in which God has written the universe’

Early astronomers: ‘Mathematics is the language in which God has written the universe’

Special to CosmicTribune.com By Bill Federer, Aug. 25, 2018 The Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), made a major contribution to the scientific revolution by discovering that the planets revolved, not around the Earth, but around the Sun. Copernicus, who had a doctorate in cannon (church) law, wrote: “The Universe, wrought for us by a supremely […]

The outstanding Omega Centauri, largest and brightest star cluster in our Milky Way

The outstanding Omega Centauri, largest and brightest star cluster in our Milky Way

July 24, 2017 [CLICK HERE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION: Mike O’Day] Behold the largest ball of stars in our galaxy. Omega Centauri is packed with about 10 million stars, many older than our Sun and packed within a volume of only about 150 light-years in diameter. The star cluster is the largest and brightest of 200 […]

July 1969: ‘The heavens have become a part of man’s world’

July 1969: ‘The heavens have become a part of man’s world’

By Bill Federer, July 17, 2017   The first mission to walk on the moon was Apollo 11, which blasted off JULY 16, 1969, from Cape Kennedy. President Richard Nixon stated in Proclamation 3919: “Apollo 11 is on its way to the moon. It carries three brave astronauts; it also carries the hopes and prayers […]

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