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Daredevil NASA spacecraft snaps asteroid Bennu from crazy-close orbit

Daredevil NASA spacecraft snaps asteroid Bennu from crazy-close orbit

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...

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

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

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

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…
China landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon

China landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon

(more about Power Words) basin     (in geology) A low-lying area, often below sea level. It collects water, which then deposits fine silt and other sediment on its bottom. Because it collects these materials, it’s sometimes referred to as a catchment or a drainage basin. crater     A large, bowl-shaped cavity in the ground or on the surface of…
This map reveals precisely where China landed its Chang’ e-4 spacecraft on the far side of the moon

This map reveals precisely where China landed its Chang’ e-4 spacecraft...

For the first time in history, China landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon— the part we never see from Earth. The Chinese moon mission is called Chang'e-4, and it set down a robotic lander and rover at 2:26 a.m. UTC on Thursday (Wednesday night in the US), according to the China…
Why Harvard researchers believe this interstellar things may be an alien spacecraft

Why Harvard researchers believe this interstellar things may be an alien...

Narrator: We have a mysterious new kid on the block. Astronomers call it Oumuamua. Which in Hawaiian, roughly translates to "first time visitor from far away." Oumuamua is the first interstellar object ever detected in our solar system. Astronomers discovered it in 2017 with the Pan-STARRS1 telescope. And like all grand discoveries, it has raised…
Micrometeorite Damage Under the Microscopic Lense

Micrometeorite Damage Under the Microscopic Lense

If there’s one thing that decades of operating in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) has taught us, it is that space is full of hazards. In addition to solar flares and cosmic radiation, one of the greatest dangers comes from space debris. While the largest bits of junk (which measure more than 10 cm in diameter)…

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