Space news from Earth 4-21-2020

EARTH NEWS

Let us turn to more terrestrial matters. The Event Horizon Telescope (wiki) is producing its first images of a black hole. Pretty neat read on the wiki, I got lost in the links. SpaceX also lost a 3rd ship during its cryogenic test. Slashdot discussion here. Its important to remember how fast SpaceX is working to get us off the ground and become a space faring civilization. There will always be failures, but the successes will always improve.

Speaking of getting off the ground, the United States Space Force (wiki) has gotten off the ground. Another article here from launch day. Good to know the ‘Space Fence‘ (wiki) is now operational. Click here for the usual Slashdot commentary.

Also worthy of note, NASA and SpaceX are about to launch their first humans on the Demo-2 on May 27. First time in nearly a decade the USA launches their own astronauts. This is Very Good.

Hopefully, the Starlinks wont become a form of space advertising by adding LED’s to them..

Looking deeper into our universe, it amazes me how far telescopes have come. This is still in the initial stages but the ‘Direct Multipixel Imaging and Spectroscopy of an Exoplanet with a Solar Gravitational Lens Mission‘ looks pretty gosh darn cool!

The BepiColombo (wiki) spacecraft made a swing past earth and took some pictures on its way to Mercury. Courtesy of the ESA space agency. (Official mission page)