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Japan Has Opened Hayabusa2’s Capsule, Confirming It Contains Samples From Asteroid Ryugu

Japan Has Opened Hayabusa2’s Capsule, Confirming It Contains Samples From Asteroid...

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An image looking inside the capsule, with some material from Ryugu clearly visible around the edge. JAXA The Japanese space agency (JAXA) says it has begun opening the capsule returned to Earth by its historic Hayabusa2 mission – and has confirmed asteroid samples are inside. Today, Monday, December 14, the capsule was opened for the…
SpaceX Is About To Launch Its Prototype Starship Mars Rocket On Its Most Ambitious Flight Yet

SpaceX Is About To Launch Its Prototype Starship Mars Rocket On...

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A picture of the SN5 prototype "hopping" in August 2020. SpaceX In the annals of history, “SN8” may be a moniker many space fans look back fondly on. Next week, Elon Musk says his SpaceX company will attempt to fly its prototype Starship rocket – designed to one day take people to Mars – to…
This 12-Year-Old Is (Probably) The Youngest Person To Ever Find A Comet

This 12-Year-Old Is (Probably) The Youngest Person To Ever Find A...

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Rafał had been looking for a comet for five months, he says. Artur Biros What had you achieved by the age of 12? Maybe you’d beaten your favourite video game, made a particularly good Lego tower, or mastered the art of falling off a skateboard. As for Rafał Biros? Well, two weeks ago on Friday,…
‘Welcome Back To Earth!’ – Rocket Lab Becomes Second Company After SpaceX To Launch And Land Orbital Rocket

‘Welcome Back To Earth!’ – Rocket Lab Becomes Second Company After...

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The rocket was recovered several hours after launching. Rocket Lab/Peter Beck In a major milestone, the New Zealand-based launch company Rocket Lab has successfully recovered an orbital-class rocket after parachuting it back to Earth from near-space – only the second company in history ever to do so. Yesterday, Thursday, November 20 at 9.20 P.M. Eastern…
Rocket Lab To Practice Catching A Falling Rocket From The Sky In ‘Huge Milestone’ Next Week

Rocket Lab To Practice Catching A Falling Rocket From The Sky...

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This will be the company's 16th mission in its short history. Rocket Lab In the world of reusable rockets, SpaceX is king. But now Rocket Lab is hoping to emulate their success – and become the first to reuse a smaller rocket. The company, which is U.S.-owned but launches from its own site on the…
The One Thing Trump Got Right Is NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine. Should He Stay If Biden Wins?

The One Thing Trump Got Right Is NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine....

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Bridenstine has proven to be a popular NASA Administrator. AFP via Getty Images When James Frederick Bridenstine was announced as Trump’s nominee for NASA Administrator in September 2017, there was an uproar. Bridenstine’s apparent lack of qualifications for the post, coupled with his falsely-held views on climate change, made him seem an odd and controversial…
NASA Reveals Incredible Footage Of OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Landing

NASA Reveals Incredible Footage Of OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Landing

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The spacecraft's sampling arm kicked up lots of material from Bennu's surface NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona NASA made history earlier this week with its first-ever successful landing on an asteroid, and now images returned by the spacecraft have revealed what happened in the dramatic touchdown. On Tuesday, October 20, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully “touched” the surface…
NASA Just Landed On An Asteroid – And Hopefully Scooped Up Material For The First Time In Its History

NASA Just Landed On An Asteroid – And Hopefully Scooped Up...

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The spacecraft practiced landing on the asteroid earlier this year (pictured). NASA A NASA spacecraft has successfully landed briefly on an asteroid before taking off again – hopefully grabbing some pieces of the asteroid in the process. Today at 6.10 P.M. Eastern Time, the van-sized OSIRIS-REx sent a signal that it had reached the surface…
Astronauts Plug Leak On The International Space Station With The Help Of Floating Tea Leaves

Astronauts Plug Leak On The International Space Station With The Help...

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The ISS has been continuously occupied in Earth orbit for nearly 20 years. NASA A worsening leak on the International Space Station (ISS) has been plugged thanks to an unusual method – using floating tea leaves to work out where it was. Since September 2019, a small amount of air as been leaking from the…
Spacecraft Flies Past Venus En Route To Mercury, But Did It Find Signs Of Life In The Atmosphere?

Spacecraft Flies Past Venus En Route To Mercury, But Did It...

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Venus, seen from 17,000 kilometers by BepiColombo last night. ESA/BepiColombo/MTM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO Europe and Japan’s BepiColombo spacecraft has successfully completed a flyby of Venus on its way to Mercury – which included an effort to look for phosphine, a possible biosignature, in the atmosphere. Overnight at 11:58pm Eastern Time yesterday, October 14, the…

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