NASA teases JWST images, Rocket Lab launches CAPSTONE, mystery rocket’s crash site found on the Moon, how magnetars are created, ISS gets more independent from Russia and more.

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Mystery Rocket Crash Site Found, ISS Independence from Russia, Space Nuclear Power

stronomer Working With Webb Said the new Images “Almost Brought him to Tears”. We’ll see Them on July 12th

NASA continues to tease us with upcoming images from JWST. This week they held a conference where they unveiled some details about what we should expect. The telescope is in very good shape, it’s diffraction limit is almost twice better than expected. As for the first images, there was a hint that we should see ‘the deepest image of the Universe yet’ as well as data on an exoplanet. All that is coming on July 12th.

For more information on James Webb, check out this week’s episode of Weekly Space Hangout with Lee Feinberg, who is NASA Optical Telescope Element (OTE) Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. A great interview with lots of amazing insights on JWST.

NASA Funds the Development of a Nuclear Reactor on the Moon That Would Last for 10 Years

NASA’s concept of a nuclear reactor for the Moon

When the Artemis program brings humans back to the Moon, they will eventually stay, building up a research station on the lunar surface. They will need a lot of power to heat and cool the station, run their experiments and communications, and generate oxygen from local materials. They can’t rely on solar energy since the Moon is in shadow for two weeks every month. NASA has paid three companies to develop plans for 40 kW fission reactors that could work on the surface of the Moon for ten years.

More on NASA’s nuclear power development.

Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket launches NASA’s CAPSTONE

Capstone launch

A new NASA CubeSat was launched this week on top of a Rocket Lab Electron rocket. The mission is called the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment, or CAPSTONE. Its purpose is to travel the same orbit near the Moon that the upcoming Lunar Gateway will take. This will help NASA understand if the orbit is stable and as helpful as they’re hoping, allowing astronauts to reach the surface of the Moon safely with less energy.

More about NASA’s CAPSTONE launch.

Mystery Rocket’s Crash Site Found on the Moon