Spacecrafts

European Astronauts Plan To Take Pics Of A Comet From The Dawn Of Time

The European Space Agency (ESA) hopes to photograph a yet-to-be-discovered comet as it approaches Earth's orbit for the first time. To do so, it's developing "Comet Interceptor," a composite made of three individual spacecraft,...
Related topics: European Space Agency, Astronaut, Comets, Space, Scientific Discoveries

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This Is Nasa's Best View Yet (and Closest, Too!) Of Asteroid Bennu

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft inched closer still to an asteroid called Bennu, breaking the record it set previously — but the real reward is the stunning photographs the probe has captured since.
Related topics: NASA, Space, Asteroids

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This Is The Closest Osiris-rex Has Gotten To Bennu. Just 680 Meters Above The Asteroid

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been at asteroid Bennu since Dec. 3rd, 2018. On that day, it went from travelling to the asteroid to travelling around it. Since then it’s been surveying and mapping Bennu. Now OSIRIS-REx (Origins,...
Related topics: Asteroids, NASA, Space

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Erosita – The Hunt For Dark Energy Begins

On 21 June 2019 the Spektrum-Röntgen-Gamma (Spektr-RG / SRG) spacecraft will be launched from the Kazakh steppe, marking the start of an exciting journey. SRG will be carrying the German Extended ROentgen Survey with an Imaging Telescope Array...
Related topics: Polls, Telescopes, Space

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Nasa’s Best-yet Photo Of Asteroid Bennu Nails The Dramatic Lighting

NASA has taking a breathtaking new image of near-earth asteroid Bennu, captured by its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from its new, second orbit of the extraterrestrial object. The new picture, snapped on June 13, provides a pretty much full-length view of...
Related topics: NASA, Space, Science Photos, Asteroids

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What To Expect When Lightsail 2 Launches Into Space

The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft is finally ready to attempt flight by light. Here's what to expect from the June 24 launch!

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Smithsonian Extends Apollo 11 Spacecraft Tour, Adds Stop In Cincinnati

The spacecraft that carried the crew of the first moon landing to and from Earth 50 years ago has just had its current mission extended.
Related topics: Moon, Space

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Neptune Is A Windy, Chilly, And Baffling Planet. Let's Go!

Scientists are building a case for a mission to Neptune, an ice giant that's only been visited by a spacecraft once. But the window to act is closing.
Related topics: Neptune, Space

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How An Atomic Clock Will Get Humans To Mars On Time

From NASA June 14, 2019 The Deep Space Atomic Clock, a new technology from NASA’s JPL, may change the way spacecraft navigate in space. Launching in late June aboard the Orbital Test Bed satellite, on the SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket,...
Related topics: Mars, Space, NASA, Satellites, SpaceX

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Womankind’s Giant Leap: Who Will Be The First Female Moonwalker?

Who will take the giant leap for womankind? More than fifty years after the end of the Apollo program, NASA plans to return to the Moon by 2024 as a “proving ground” to test the next generation of spacecraft ahead of an eventual crewed...
Related topics: NASA, Space, Moon

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Cheap: Pretend You Live On A Spaceship With This Google Smart Light Starter Kit For $35

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! The future is pretty cool. We’ve got phones that can take incredible photos, access the entirety of human knowledge, and also be used as flashlights. But...
Related topics: Google, Tech Photos

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Robotic Asteroid Mining Spacecraft Wins A Grant From Nasa

This year, the NASA's NIAC Program is looking at some really interesting ideas - such as a water-powered, laser-shooting, asteroid-mining spacecraft! The post Robotic asteroid mining spacecraft wins a grant from NASA appeared first on Universe Today.
Related topics: Robots, Asteroids, NASA, Space, Laser

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Cassini Flyby Data Of Saturn's C Ring Prompts Plateau Puzzlement

Spectral information about Saturn's rings sent by NASA's Cassini spacecraft nearly two years ago was intended to uncover definitive scientific answers. Instead, it triggered more questions about the C-ring and its plateaus.
Related topics: Cassini–Huygens Spacecarft, Saturn, NASA, Space

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First-ever Lexus Space Jet Idea Has Specs You've Never Heard Of, Until Now

Lexus is really taking transportation concepts to new heights with its latest announcement: A spacecraft designed for the 'Men in Black' franchise.       

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Cassini Flyby Data Of Saturn's C Ring Prompts Plateau Puzzlement

Spectral information about Saturn's rings sent by NASA's Cassini spacecraft nearly two years ago was intended to uncover definitive scientific answers. Instead, it triggered more questions about the C-ring and its plateaus.
Related topics: Cassini–Huygens Spacecarft, Saturn, NASA, Space

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Nasa’s Cassini Reveals More Detail In Saturn’s Rings

NASA's Cassini mission officially ended way back in 2017. It was then that the spacecraft plunged into Saturn, destroying itself in a blaze of glory, but the incredible wealth of data it sent back during its life is still being studied and, as a new...
Related topics: NASA, Space, Cassini–Huygens Spacecarft, Saturn

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'star Trek' Logo - Or At Least, What Looks Like It - Spotted On Mars

Recently, a NASA spacecraft in orbit around Mars snapped a photo of an odd object on the planet's surface – something that looks remarkably like the Star Fleet logo from Star Trek.       
Related topics: Mars, Space, NASA, Science Photos

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Meet Ariane 6 And Vega C: Europe's New 'rideshare' Rockets (videos)

Europe is taking advantage of the small-satellite trend by building two rockets that act as a rideshare, taking several spacecraft up at the same time.
Related topics: Science Videos, Satellites, Space

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Ceres Is A Strange Place, Including A Volcanic Peak 4,000 Meters High Made From Bubbling Salt...

Ceres, at almost 1,000 km (620 miles) in diameter, is the largest body in the asteroid belt. Between 2015 and 2018, NASA’s ion-powered Dawn spacecraft visited the dwarf planet, looking for clues to help us understand how our Solar System...
Related topics: Volcanoes, Asteroids, NASA, Space

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How Nasa's Spitzer Has Stayed Alive For So Long

After nearly 16 years of exploring the cosmos in infrared light, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope will be switched off permanently on Jan. 30, 2020. By then, the spacecraft will have operated for more than 11 years beyond its prime mission, thanks to...
Related topics: NASA, Space, Telescopes

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