Category Archives: Space

Vera Rubin observatory named in honour of groundbreaking dark matter scientist

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), a U.S.-run, Chile-based facility, has been re-named the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in honour of the groundbreaking astronomer who provided evidence on the existence of dark matter. It is the first national U.S. observatory named after a female astronomer. The announcement was made Monday at the 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society but the decision

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Australia: Hire and support minority astronomers or risk being left behind

Photo credit: Pixabay/Comfreak Australia’s astronomy sector is investing in diversity and inclusion but so far, efforts have focused primarily on women. In a new paper published in Nature Astronomy Professor Lisa Kewley, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in All Sky Astrophysics says institutions must also look to hire more LGBTQ, indigenous, and disabled astronomers or risk falling behind the rest of the world.

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Future Moon missions will include astronaut diversity and more partners

Photo courtesy: Pixabay. This article was written for by Sara M. Langston, Assistant Professor of Spaceflight Operations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. It has been republished in full under a Creative Commons/public domain license. As NASA celebrates the 50th anniversary of the historic Moon landing with a live TV broadcast and events, there is a focus on recognizing the contributions

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India’s second mission to the Moon is being led by two women

For the first time in India’s space history, two women scientists are leading a mission. On July 22, 2019, at 2:43 PM IST, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched Chandrayaan-2 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre en route to the Moon’s South Polar Region. India’s second lunar mission is being led by project director, Muthayya Vanitha, an electronics systems engineer,

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PHOTOS: A celebration of the first moon landing’s 50th anniversary

Photo courtesy: NASA On July 16, 1969, NASA’s Apollo 11 spacecraft launched from Cape Kennedy at 13:32:00 UT, reaching the moon four days later. On July 20, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface, marking the first time humans set foot on another planetary body. NASA is commemorating the Apollo 11 mission with several events, including special

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Wakandacon is coming and I am HERE FOR IT

Hey Chicago: Wakandacon 2019 is coming to the Hyatt Regency Place between the 26th and 28th of July. It’s a three-day, family-friendly, “Afro-futuristic” convention that celebrates “art, community, and technology” and self-expression. I’m in Canada so I can’t attend, but I’m patiently awaiting photos of the incredible cosplay that’s going to be on display here. The convention isn’t solely dedicated

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