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NASA Juno spacecraft to ‘bounce’ Jupiter’s shadow to keep away from freezing to dying

NASA Juno spacecraft to ‘bounce’ Jupiter’s shadow to keep away from...

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Citizen-scientist Alex Mai enhanced images taken by NASA's Jupiter-visiting Juno spacecraft in 2016 to create this glowing view of Jupiter's south pole.    NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Mai The sun gives life to solar-powered space explorers far away from Earth, so a loss of sunlight bodes ill. NASA's Opportunity rover died during a massive dust storm on Mars. NASA…
NASA Juno spacecraft areas moon shadow on Jupiter

NASA Juno spacecraft areas moon shadow on Jupiter

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Jupiter's moon Io shadowed the gas giant in the Juno image. NASA/SwRI/MSSS/with processing by Amanda Kooser/CNET Cue up Cat Stevens' Moonshadow. NASA's Juno spacecraft went in for a scenic flyby of Jupiter in September and sent back a lovely view of the moon Io dropping a perfect shadow on the swirly gas giant. I took…
NASA unveils spacecraft that may take first girl to the moon

NASA unveils spacecraft that may take first girl to the moon

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Vice President Mike Pence announces the Orion crew capsule completion at Kennedy Space Center on Saturday. NASA/Kim Shiflett We're all still over the moon from the 50th anniversary celebrations for the Apollo 11 mission, but NASA is looking forward to its next moon landing.  On Saturday, the space agency and Vice President Mike Pence announced…
A Japanese spacecraft has actually arrived at an asteroid after blasting it with a bullet. The objective will restore rock samples to Earth.

A Japanese spacecraft has actually arrived at an asteroid after blasting...

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The life of an asteroid is lonely. The rocks spend eons drifting through the cold vacuum of space. But on Wednesday, the asteroid Ryugu welcomed a special visitor: Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe successfully landed on the asteroid's surface at 9:06 p.m. ET. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched Hayabusa-2 into space in December 2014. Its…
Daredevil NASA spacecraft snaps asteroid Bennu from crazy-close orbit

Daredevil NASA spacecraft snaps asteroid Bennu from crazy-close orbit

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Osiris-Rex snuggled up close to asteroid Bennu. NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft is a beast and a thrill-seeker. It broke its own record for "the closest orbit a spacecraft has ever made around a planetary body" and then it snapped a photo to prove its own audaciousness. The agency shared a breathtaking navigation…
Mars 2020 spacecraft subjected to harsh tests as it gets ready for launch

Mars 2020 spacecraft subjected to harsh tests as it gets ready...

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When I test a vacuum, I just sprinkle oats all over the floor. When NASA tests one, you get this. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA will leave no Martian rock unturned as it prepares the next Mars robot for the chaos of space travel and landing on the red planet. Over the last two months, the Mars 2020…
Plug-And-Play Spacecraft Take A Leap Forward

Plug-And-Play Spacecraft Take A Leap Forward

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York Space Systems' S-CLASS spacecraft platform. York Space Systems CubeSats have opened up low Earth orbit in ways that we couldn't have imagined since the first ones launched in 2003. They've ushered in a revolution of small spacecraft, each optimized to carry out a specific mission using small computer components and electronics. For months or a…
SpaceX Prepares To Make History With First-Ever Person Spacecraft Introduce Tomorrow

SpaceX Prepares To Make History With First-Ever Person Spacecraft Introduce Tomorrow

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Asteroid set to consume a bullet from a JAXA spacecraft today

Asteroid set to consume a bullet from a JAXA spacecraft today

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Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 will try to bring a bit of Ryugu back to Earth. JAXA Let's fire a bullet at an asteroid. This might sound like a plot point from a sci-fi show, but it's about to become reality this week when Japan's space agency JAXA directs its Hayabusa 2 spacecraft to go grab…
First Private Lunar Spacecraft Shoots for the Moon

First Private Lunar Spacecraft Shoots for the Moon

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Art depicting SpaceIL's Beresheet Lander on the moon. Credit: SpaceIL "Moon of Israel" is an epic 1924 film from the golden era of silent movies, and helped launch the directing career of Michael Curtiz, of "Casablanca" fame. Sequels seldom live up to the original. But if Israel's plans to put a robotic lander on the…

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