What does the world’s first beagle to land on the moon do for an encore? Explore the rest of the universe, of course.
Snoopy, the Peanuts’ comic strip character and long-standing NASA mascot, is back on Apple TV Plus for a second season of “Snoopy in Space,” the award-winning animated series developed in partnership with the space agency. The show aims to inspire students to take up a passion for space exploration and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.
Season two premieres today (Nov. 12) with all 12 episodes available to stream.
In the first season of “Snoopy in Space,” which debuted two years ago, the Peanuts gang toured Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston, where Snoopy achieved his dream of becoming an astronaut, launching on missions to the International Space Station and the moon. In season two, Charlie Brown, Franklin, Marcie, Linus and the rest of the gang are back at NASA as Snoopy tackles one of the most compelling mysteries of humankind: is there life out there in the universe?
“Snoopy and his friends bring NASA’s most exciting current research to life, from searching for traces of ice and ancient fossils on Mars, to drilling into oceans hidden inside of distant moons, and even seeking out exoplanets far beyond our own solar system,” Apple TV+ described in a release. “Of course, like any good road trip, Snoopy and Woodstock’s journey includes lots of extra adventures along the way.”
“This season’s focus on space is through the lens of ‘The Search for Life,’ highlighting the scientific processes and technology behind space exploration, the need for resilience when facing setbacks, and the importance of imagination when trying to find creative solutions,” the release read.
“Snoopy in Space: The Search for Life,” produced by WildBrain, builds upon a partnership between NASA and Peanuts Worldwide to use Snoopy and the other characters created by the late Charles M. Schulz to help promote NASA’s deep space exploration missions and its efforts to engage students. Now in its fourth year, the educational outreach agreement expands an ongoing collaboration that has had Snoopy serving as a safety mascot for NASA’s workforce.
For more than 50 years, NASA has presented the “Silver Snoopy” award to its employees and contractors who have contributed to mission safety and success in human spaceflight. “Snoopy” and “Charlie Brown” also served as the astronaut-chosen call signs for the Apollo 10 spacecraft during the 1969 mission that served as a dress rehearsal for the first moon landing.
Under the new agreement, in addition to the “Snoopy in Space” animated series, the intrepid beagle has appeared clad in an orange spacesuit on a new line of apparel and merchandise, in kids’ books, as a McDonald’s Happy Meal toy and as a giant character balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (returning again this year on Nov. 25).
To accompany the release of “Snoopy in Space: The Search for Life,” Apple TV Plus has released the “DIY Snoopy Space Lab,” a collection of three STEM “missions” that kids can do at home, including making galaxy slime, building a satellite, and creating your very own moon sand. The instructions for each can be found now on the Apple TV YouTube channel.
Hubble Looks at Spiral Galaxy NCG 7329 – Sci-News.com
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured an amazing photo of the spiral galaxy NCG 7329.
Otherwise known as ESO 109-12, IRAS 22369-6644 and LEDA 69453, it resides 149 million light-years away in the constellation of Tucana.
The galaxy is a member of the NGC 7329 group (LGG 462), an assembly of more than 10 galaxies bound together by gravity.
This new image of NCG 7329 is made up of observations from Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) in the infrared and optical parts of the spectrum.
“Creating a colorful image such as this one using a telescope such as Hubble is not as straightforward as pointing and clicking a camera,” Hubble astronomers said.
“Commercial cameras will typically try to collect as much light of all visible wavelengths as they can, in order to create the most vibrant images possible.”
“In contrast, raw images collected by Hubble are always monochromatic, because astronomers typically want to capture very specific ranges of wavelengths of light at any time, in order to do the best, most accurate science possible.”
“In order to control which wavelengths of light will be collected, Hubble’s cameras are equipped with a wide variety of filters, which only allow certain wavelengths of light to reach the cameras’ CCDs (a CCD is a camera’s light sensor — phone cameras also have CCDs).”
“How are the colorful Hubble images possible given that the raw Hubble images are monochromatic? This is accomplished by combining multiple different observations of the same object, obtained using different filters,” they added.
“This image of NCG 7329, for example, was processed from Hubble observations made using four different filters, each of which spans a different region of the light spectrum.”
“Specialized image processors and artists can make informed judgements about which optical colors best correspond to each filter used.”
“They can then color the images taken using that filter accordingly.”
“Finally, the images taken with different filters are stacked together, and voila!”
“The colorful image of a distant galaxy is complete, with colors as representative of reality as possible.”
SpaceX Tapped For 3 More Possible Commercial Crew Flights To Space – Forbes
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is just going to get busier shuttling astronauts in the coming years.
NASA announced it intends to issue a sole-source modification to SpaceX’s long-term contract to send astronauts to the International Space Station. This follows an agency call for proposals back in October for more flight options to send people to space.
Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, which is the other major system, is not quite yet ready for humans following a difficult uncrewed test flight in 2019 that never saw the spacecraft reach the ISS. Starliner has spent some time fixing computer glitches and other issues (including a valve problem that delayed an expected 2021 launch) and is now expecting a second uncrewed test flight by 2022.
The October solicitation, NASA noted, confirms SpaceX is the only viable choice for the time being, given the agency’s safety requirements and the need to keep the space station staffed continuously in the coming years.
“It’s critical we begin to secure additional flights to the space station now so we are ready as these missions are needed to maintain a U.S. presence on station,” Kathy Lueders, associate administrator of NASA’s space 0perations mission directorate, said in a blog post. “Our U.S. human launch capability is essential to our continued safe operations in orbit and to building our low-Earth orbit economy.”
NASA stated it would use these new flights “as early as 2023”, and that the contract (in securing flights and allowing the agency to task personnel elsewhere) will help them get Boeing’s Starliner system ready to fly astronauts once it’s been certified.
“NASA and Boeing will provide additional updates on the status of Starliner’s next mission as we work through the investigation and verification efforts to determine root cause and effective vehicle remediation,” said Phil McAlister, director of commercial spaceflight at NASA, in the same statement.
The latest issue holding up the flight was an oxidizer isolation valve that was found in August, and NASA and Boeing together elected to pull the spacecraft back to the hanger to figure out how to fix the issue before sending the spacecraft aloft.
Another pressing issue for NASA’s future will be extending the planned retirement of the ISS from 2024 to at least 2028, which the agency has said for years it wants to do. It is in negotiations with Congress and with its international partners to do this, and in the meantime, last week the agency also announced it has secured three early-stage contracts for future private space stations to fly late in the 2020s.
See what food challenges astronauts face in space – CGTN America
For the first time ever, NASA and the Canadian Space Agency hosted the Deep Space Food Challenge.
The competition brought universities and companies together to propose solutions on how to feed astronauts on a long mission. Last month, NASA announced that the winners and one of the international winners of the Phase 1 competition came from a group of students in a university in South America.
CGTN’s Michelle Begue reports Colombia.
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