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Archive for December 27th, 2020

A 4G network on the moon is bad news for radio astronomy

December 27th, 2020 by

As you drive down the road leading to Jodrell Bank Observatory, a sign asks visitors to turn off their mobile phones, stating that the Lovell telescope is so powerful it could detect a phone signal on Mars.

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Arecibo telescope’s fall is indicative of global divide around funding science infrastructure

December 27th, 2020 by

A mere two weeks after the National Science Foundation declared it would close the Arecibo single-dish radio telescope – once the largest in the world – the observatory took a dramatic dying breath and collapsed on Dec. 1, 2020.

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Hello, Venus! Solar Orbiter spacecraft makes first swing past planet

December 27th, 2020 by

The joint U.S.-European Solar Orbiter spacecraft had an appointment with Venus this morning, the first in a series of planetary flybys to hone the probe’s orbit on its journey to the sun.

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On This Day in Space! Dec. 27, 1984: Famed Allan Hills Mars meteorite found in Antarctica

December 27th, 2020 by

On Dec. 27, 1984, one of the most famous Mars meteorites was found in Antarctica. See how it happened in our “On This Day In Space” series!

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