Space Station Visits ‘Land Of The Midnight Sun’

Every year around the time of the summer solstice, the International Space Station (ISS) remains in near constant sunlight for several weeks, never dipping into Earth’s shadow as it orbits the planet once every 92 minutes. From our landlubber perspective, each time the ISS makes a pass, it does so in sunlight. Passes start just…
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Look Into The ‘Eyes’ Of March / Hello, Space Station!

When I walked outside at dawn this morning, two eyes glared back. Mars and Saturn stand just 5° apart, close enough to catch the eye of even a casual skywatcher. Mars is currently 8½ closer to the Earth than Saturn, so it appears to move more quickly across the sky as it orbits the sun.…
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Dead Duck Chinese Space Station To Burn Up In Earth’s Atmosphere

It won’t be long now. China’s first space station, Tiangong 1, a two-bedroom, fixer-upper, will burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere sometime between March 28 and April 10. The fixer-upper description refers to the fact that the Chinese lost contact with the craft in March 2016, so the original plan to de-orbit the spacecraft over…
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Juno Eyes Jupiter A 10th Time / Space Station Plies Evening Sky

Swirls, storms and belts, oh my! NASA released several new photos recently from the Juno spacecraft’s tenth close flyby of Jupiter on Dec. 16, 2017. Juno travels in a highly elongated orbit around Jupiter once every 53 days. For just two hours during that time, it loops in close to the planet’s polar regions to…
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Early Nights, Early Space Station Viewing

We’re coming up on the earliest sunsets and longest nights of the year. And just in time, the International Space Station (ISS) has returned to evening viewing for many locations around the world. Most of the passes happen between 5:30 and 7 p.m. local time or around dinnertime, when families are often together. That and…
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