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Indian moon lander secret deepens as NASA search shows up empty once again

Indian moon lander secret deepens as NASA search shows up empty...

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The Chandrayaan-2 Vikram lander and rover before they went to the moon. ISRO India's lunar lander is still lost despite NASA's best efforts to find it.  On Sept. 6, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) attempted to place its Vikram lander on the moon as part of its Chandrayaan-2 mission. ISRO lost communication with the…
NASA Mars lander might have the ability to conserve its stuck ‘mole’

NASA Mars lander might have the ability to conserve its stuck...

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NASA's Mars InSight lander snapped this selfie in December 2018. NASA/JPL-Caltech Space fans hate it when machines die on Mars, so we've been rooting for the Mars InSight lander's "mole" instrument to emerge from its funk.  The NASA lander is healthy, but a burrowing heat probe known as the mole got stuck just below the…
Israel’s moon dream survives on with 2nd lunar lander Beresheet 2

Israel’s moon dream survives on with 2nd lunar lander Beresheet 2

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The surface of the moon as seen by Beresheet moments before it crashed into the lunar surface. SpaceIL/IAI The ambitious Beresheet moon mission was spectacular and heartbreaking. Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL achieved the first moon orbit by a privately funded spacecraft, but a mysterious engine problem dashed its hopes of safely placing the lander on the…
Planetary Researchers Talk A NASA Mercury Lander

Planetary Researchers Talk A NASA Mercury Lander

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This colorful view of Mercury was produced by using images from the color base map imaging campaign during MESSENGER's primary mission. These colors are not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but rather the colors enhance the chemical, mineralogical, and physical differences between the rocks that make up Mercury's surface. Credit: NASA/Johns…
Thirty-million-page backup of humankind headed to moon aboard Israeli lander

Thirty-million-page backup of humankind headed to moon aboard Israeli lander

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The top layers of the archive disc can be viewed with an optical microscope. Arch Mission Foundation/Bruce Ha On Thursday night, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Israeli-made spacecraft named Beresheet beyond the grasp of Earth's gravity and sent it on its way to the surface of the moon. On board Beresheet is a…
Why It’ll Take Israel’s Lunar Lander 8 Weeks to Get to the Moon

Why It’ll Take Israel’s Lunar Lander 8 Weeks to Get to...

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An Israeli moon lander just took to the skies, but we'll all have to wait nearly two months for its historic touchdown try. The robotic lander, called Beresheet, launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket yesterday evening (Feb. 21) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. If everything goes according to plan, Beresheet will zip…
SpaceX sending out Israel’s little Beresheet lander on huge moon objective

SpaceX sending out Israel’s little Beresheet lander on huge moon objective

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The little lander Beresheet hopes to make history in multiple ways this year. SpaceIL On Thursday evening, a SpaceX Falcon 9 will launch a small spacecraft on its way to the moon from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. And if the little lander known as Beresheet makes it all the way to the lunar surface,…
Why Israel’s little Beresheet lander bound for the moon is a huge offer

Why Israel’s little Beresheet lander bound for the moon is a...

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The little lander Beresheet hopes to make history in multiple ways this year. SpaceIL On Thursday evening, a SpaceX Falcon 9 will launch a small spacecraft on its way to the moon from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. And if the little lander known as Beresheet makes it all the way to the lunar surface,…
Fantastic NASA satellite pictures reveal China’s brand-new lunar lander and rover on the far side of the moon

Fantastic NASA satellite pictures reveal China’s brand-new lunar lander and rover...

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China landed its Chang'e 4 lunar mission on January 3, setting down the first-ever robots on the moon's far side. More than a month after the historic feat, though, NASA is releasing amazing images showing the Chinese mission from the US agency's moon-orbiting satellite. NASA first photographed the Chang'e 4 landing site on January 30…
NASA moon orbiter areas Chang’ e 4 lander in a crater

NASA moon orbiter areas Chang’ e 4 lander in a crater

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Chang'e 4 is pointed to by small white arrows near the lower right-hand side of this LRO image. NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University You'll need to squint to spot it, but NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter managed to capture a look at the Chinese National Space Agency's (CNSA) Chang'e 4 lander hanging out on the far side of…

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