NASA gives MSU new satellite antenna | News

Letitia Denham

MOREHEAD A second giant antenna dish soon will show up on the hillside behind Morehead State University — a gift from NASA that MSU space science students will use in their studies and research.

It’s a 12-meter tracking antenna used for monitoring low-orbiting satellites.

The antenna will be used for satellite tracking and mission support and also for training space systems engineering students, astrophysics students and astronomy students for experience

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Retired NASA astronaut Jack Fischer talks spacesuit challenges and the International Space Station in ‘Virtual Astronaut’ panel

Letitia Denham

 

A retired NASA astronaut will discuss how the International Space Station helps us model good teamwork on Earth, in an online panel discussion Friday (Oct. 30).

Expedition 51/52 astronaut Jack Fischer will participate in the panel discussion by The Virtual Astronaut series, which is bringing online talks by astronauts to the general public. The panel discussion will review the importance of 20 years of continuous human occupation on the International

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NASA just picked a winner in its space-toilet competition. The $20,000 prize awards the best ‘lunar loo’ for moon-bound astronauts.

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Akihiko Hoshide standing next to a sink: Left: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide performs maintenance on the toilet in the Tranquility node of the International Space Station. Right: A space shuttle toilet simulator. NASA/Dave Mosher


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Left: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide performs maintenance on the toilet in the Tranquility node of the International Space Station. Right: A space shuttle toilet simulator. NASA/Dave Mosher

  • Before NASA can fly astronauts to the moon, it must design a toilet for the crew. 
  • The agency’s “Lunar Loo” contest offered $20,000 for a space toilet design that would work both in microgravity and on the
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Nasa probe risks losing asteroid sample after door jams

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The asteroid Bennu
Bennu – the asteroid could hold clues as to how the Solar System was formed

A Nasa probe sent to collect rock from an asteroid several hundred million kilometres from Earth has grabbed so much that samples are spilling out.

Officials behind the Osiris-Rex probe, which landed on Bennu earlier this week, say the collection operation may have performed too well.

Pictures beamed back to Earth show a rock has

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