Thursday, December 28, 2023

2023 in space from NASA, ESA, Reuters, and PBS NewsHour

I decided to write this year's version of the year in space with inspiration from 2021 in space from NASA, ESA, and Reuters. First, NASA 2023: Nothing is Beyond Our Reach.

NASA’s mission is to explore the unknown in air and space, innovate for the benefit of humanity, and inspire the world through discovery. NASA showed the world that anything is possible in 2023.
That was fun and inspiring, but not as informative as the usual This Year @NASA video. I'm turning to the European Space Agency's 2023: ESA’s year in space for something comparable to what I was hoping for from NASA.

2023’s highlight was the highly anticipated launch of Juice, Europe’s Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer. The Juice spacecraft was placed on course to Jupiter on the second-to-last Ariane 5 launch vehicle in April. After an eight-year journey, Juice will begin observing the giant gas planet and its three large ocean-bearing moons – Ganymede, Calisto and Europa.
I learned a lot from that video and, as I'm fond of writing, it's always a good day when I learn something new.

Space agencies and companies outside of NASA and ESA made space news as well, which Reuters reported in 2023 Year in Review: Space highlights | Reuters.

India's Chandrayaan-3 moon mission, SpaceX's Starship launches, and more. A look at some major events in the field of space exploration in 2023.
SpaceX's Starship launches were certainly spectacular, but I don't know if I'd call them successes.

I close with WATCH: Miles O’Brien explains the major space discoveries of 2023 from PBS NewsHour.

This year brought incredible discoveries as humanity ventured further into space than ever before.

PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins digital video producer Casey Kuhn to talk about those discoveries including the "hum of the universe," the James Webb Space Telescope, and the OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu.
Miles O’Brien managed to connect space news to science, tying this entry to Weight loss drugs Science Magazine's Breakthrough of the Year for 2023. Good. I like connections.

I plan on posting another retrospective of 2023 after examining the horror TV nominees at the Saturn Awards. Stay tuned.

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