This week in space: June 27, 2019
|Swapna Krishna||Jun 27, 2019|
Welcome to Give Me Space, a weekly round-up of the most interesting things happening in space news.
NASA’s New Frontiers program (which is directed at exploring the solar system through low-cost robotic missions) just made its latest selection, and a lot of people are pretty thrilled (including yours truly). The Dragonfly mission was selected to move forward, which means we’ll be sending the equivalent of a quadcopter drone to explore Saturn’s moon, Titan. Shannon Stirone has more over at Scientific American.
Over at The Guardian, Emine Staner profiles Wally Funk, a female pilot who’s broken numerous records but was unable to compete to be an astronaut in the 1960s because of her gender. Decades later, she still wants to get to space.
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket had a successful launch last week. Two of the three cores landed successfully (the third plunged into the ocean). It was the company’s most ambitious Falcon Heavy launch to date (the third launch of the rocket total), and Jackie Wattles at CNN explains why.
We heard a lot about the Mars rover Opportunity, which was a victim of the planet-wide dust storm, but there’s another Martian lander that’s in some trouble. At The Atlantic, Marina Koren discusses why InSight is stuck and what NASA is hoping to do about it.
Blue Origin (owned by Jeff Bezos) tested the engines for its lunar lander last week. Weirdly, the flames were green. Loren Grush has more at The Verge.