Spacecrafts

Now You Can Watch Japan's Hayabusa2 Shoot A Bomb At An Asteroid

On April 4, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft tossed a bomb at a space rock and watched the impactor soar toward the asteroid, called Ryugu.
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Today’s Earth Day Google Doodle Focuses On Some Of The Planet’s Record-breaking Creatures

It’s Earth Day, a day to appreciate the large chunk of rock that serves as our protective spaceship as it transports us through the Universe. Google is celebrating today by highlighting six strange creatures and organisms that also call this...
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Spacex Blew Up A Dragon Spacecraft Over The Weekend

A SpaceX vehicle designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station was destroyed during an engine test on April 20 at Cape Canaveral. Thick, red-tinged smoke from the explosion was visible from nearby beaches, but no one was reported...
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Spacex Crew Dragon Accident May Impact Nasa Plans To Launch Astronauts From Us Soil

An explosion that may have destroyed a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft during an engine test on April 20 could push back NASA's plans to begin launching astronauts from U.S. soil this summer.
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Was Oumuamua An Alien Spaceship? No. Here’s What It Is.

Oumuamua, a quarter-mile long asteroid tumbling through space, is Hawaiian for "scout", or "the first of many".It was given this name because it came from another solar system. Some claimed Oumuamua was an alien technology, but there's no actual...
Related topics: Asteroids, Space

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Beresheet Crash Caused By Manual Command, But Reflector Device May Have Survived

Details are emerging about what may have gone wrong with spacecraft Beresheet's failed moon landing. A manual command was entered which led to a chain reaction. But NASA still hopes to salvage use of its Laser Retroreflector Array device. The post...
Related topics: Moon, Space, NASA, Laser

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Spacex Crew Dragon Suffered Smoky ‘anomaly’ During Recent Engine Test

On Saturday, the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft experienced an ‘anomaly’ during an engine test fire, according to the company, which resulted in a large plume of smoke appearing in Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA has issued a statement on...
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A Communications Satellite Just Died In Orbit. It's Potentially Dangerous Space Junk Now

Luxembourg-based Intelsat reports that its Intelsat 29E satellite (IS-29E) is now a total loss, after having reported earlier that the spacecraft suffered an anomaly.
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Resupply Mission Carries 7,600 Lbs Of Scientific Equipment To Iss

The Cygnus spacecraft has rendezvoused with the International Space Station as part of a months-long resupply mission. The craft will remain docked until July 23, while the crew take in the 7,600 pounds of research equipment it carried. The post...
Related topics: International Space Station, Space

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Hubble Celebrates 29th Birthday With A Stunning Photo Of The Southern Crab Nebula

The Hubble Space Telescope turns 29 years old next week. Launched on April 24, 1990, the venerable spacecraft has spent close to three decades in orbit, scouring the skies with its inquisitive gaze and imaging the distant cosmos in a bid to help us...
Related topics: Telescopes, Hubble Space Telescope, Science Photos, Nebulas, Space

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Cygnus Cargo Unmanned Module Docks With International Space Station

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Cygnus cargo spacecraft launched earlier this week has successfully completed its docking procedures with the International Space Station (ISS), Northrop Grumman said in a press release.
Related topics: International Space Station, Space, Northrop Grumman

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The Latest Lost Satellite Is Now Space Junk That Could Put Other Spacecraft At Risk

On Thursday, satellite service provider Intelsat announced that one of its communications satellites is now completely lost in orbit above Earth, rendering the vehicle an unmovable piece of space debris. Intelsat says that something damaged the...
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This Is The Last Photo Israel’s Beresheet Lunar Lander Captured Before It Was Smashed Into...

Last week's attempted lunar lander by SpaceIL's Beresheet spacecraft didn't quite go as planned. Actually, that's putting it mildly; it totally crashed. Nevertheless, the privately funded mission accomplished a number of firsts, and returned some...
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Cygnus Cargo Spaceship Makes Easter Delivery To International Space Station

This morning, Northrop Grumman Corp's Cygnus spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station to drop off thousands of pounds of cargo for the crew.
Related topics: International Space Station, Space, Northrop Grumman

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Things Are Stacking Up For Nasa's Mars 2020 Spacecraft

For the past few months, the clean room floor in High Bay 1 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has been covered in parts, components and test equipment for the Mars 2020 spacecraft, scheduled for launch toward the Red...
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Methane-filled Lakes On Titan Are “surprisingly Deep”

The Cassini mission to Saturn and its moons wrapped up in 2017, when the spacecraft was sent plunging into the gas giant to meet its end. But there’s still a lot of data from the mission to keep scientists busy. A team of scientists working...
Related topics: Cassini–Huygens Spacecarft, Saturn

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Israeli Team: Human Error May Have Caused Spacecraft Crash

The Israeli start-up behind last week's failed lunar landing says human error may have caused the spacecraft to crash into the moon. SpaceIL, the non-profit that undertook the botched lunar mission, said Thursday that its engineers collectively...
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Sofia Detects The First Type Of Molecule Ever Formed In The Universe

NASA has announced an incredible discovery using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA. It discovered the first type of molecule formed in the universe in space for the first time. SOFIA isn’t a satellite or...
Related topics: NASA, Space, Scientific Discoveries, Satellites

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Debris Of Satellite Destroyed By India May Threaten Iss - Russian Mod

When India tested its anti-satellite weapons, more than 100 fragments of destroyed spacecraft were created; in the future, these fragments could pose a threat to the ISS, the Russian Defence Ministry said.
Related topics: Satellites, Space, International Space Station

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Pepsi Ditches Plans To Have An ‘orbiting Billboard’ In Space

Pepsi has scrapped plans to advertise from orbital spacecraft, Space.com reports. The soft drink manufacturer had been working with a Russian startup to test out the “out-of-this-world” method of advertising, but has curtailed the plans...
Related topics: PepsiCo, Startup

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