The Weekly Space Recap: October 8 – October 14, 2023

Axiom & Prada Spacesuit Partnership – October 9, 2023

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Credit: Axiom Space

Axiom Space and Prada have formed a partnership to design spacesuits for astronauts who will walk on the moon during NASA’s Artemis 3 mission.

These suits are known as the Axiom Extravehicular Mobility Unit (AxEMU) spacesuits.

Prada’s engineers will collaborate with Axiom to select materials and create features that can withstand the challenges of the lunar environment.

These spacesuits will offer advanced capabilities for space exploration, enhanced flexibility, and protection.

Prada’s involvement marks a unique fusion of high fashion and space technology, with a focus on improving the comfort and function of spacesuits for lunar missions.

SpaceX Launches Psyche – October 13, 2023

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Credit: Josh Dinner

NASA’s Psyche mission, launched on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, is heading to 16 Psyche, the largest metal asteroid in our solar system, located in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

The rocket, with its three boosters, took off on October 13 at 10:19 a.m. EDT, and the side boosters made successful landings.

However, the core booster was expended in the ocean to ensure the probe’s nominal trajectory. Psyche, equipped with massive solar arrays, will use electric propulsion to reach its target.

The mission will spend 21 months analyzing the asteroid’s surface and aims to provide insights into the formation of planets with iron cores.

Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse – October 14, 2023

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Credit: NASA

The new moon, which occurred on October 14 at 1:55 p.m. EDT, gave rise to an annular solar eclipse that was visible in select regions.

The eclipse was viewable in the southwestern United States, Southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America, primarily in Colombia and Brazil.

Annular eclipses occurred when the moon, appearing slightly smaller than the sun, left a ring of sunlight around its edge. These variations in solar eclipses were due to the elliptical shape of the moon’s orbit, which could place it closer or farther from Earth.

The eclipse’s path began on the west coast of Oregon, moving southeast across the continent, passing through parts of Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Brazil.

The event provided a unique astronomical spectacle but had to be observed safely with proper equipment to protect one’s eyes.

During the same time, various planets were visible in the night sky, including Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury.

This astronomical event also brought several constellations into view, including Sagittarius, Ophiuchus, Scorpio, and others, depending on your location and time.

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