Spacecraft & Probes

China Successfully Lands on the Moon’s Far Side
January 03, 2019
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China Successfully Lands on the Moon’s Far Side

China’s Chang’e 4 lands where no spacecraft has ever landed before. The probe immediately began taking photos of the surface of the Moon’s far side. Yesterday, Jan. 2, 2019 at 12 p.m. local time (8 p.m. PT), Chinese media announced that the nation’s Chang’e-4 lunar lander has successfully...

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NASA Releases First Clear Picture of Ultima Thule
January 02, 2019
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NASA Releases First Clear Picture of Ultima Thule

NASA finally reveals the ice world known as Ultima Thule. The icy world, 4 billion miles from the sun, looks like a big snowman. So, after the historic flyby of a faraway world, Ultime Thule NASA just received a photo from their New Horizons spacecraft. The icy world turns out to be two objects joined together – a...

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NASA Succeeds in Historic Flyby of Faraway World Ultima Thule
January 02, 2019
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NASA Succeeds in Historic Flyby of Faraway World Ultima Thule

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has made contact with Earth to confirm its successful flyby of the icy world, Ultima Thule. Thirty-three minutes into the new year, scientists, engineers celebrated the moment that NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to a small, icy world nicknamed Ultima Thule....

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NASA’s New Horizons Set For Historic Flyby of Distant World
December 29, 2018
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NASA’s New Horizons Set For Historic Flyby of Distant World

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft will ring in the new year by exploring the most distant and mysterious world ever studied. Astronomers call it Ultima Thule, meaning “beyond the known world.” The distant object is a frozen relic of the solar system some four billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) away. Ultima...

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NASA’s Voyager 2 Spacecraft Has Entered Interstellar Space
December 10, 2018
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NASA’s Voyager 2 Spacecraft Has Entered Interstellar Space

NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft has finally entered interstellar space. It is the second human-made object to do so, thus, joining its predecessor Voyager 1. According to NASA, Voyager 2 crossed over the heliopause, the boundary between the heliosphere and interstellar space, on November 5th. So, the probe is now more than...

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China’s Rover Launches To Far Side of Moon
December 08, 2018
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China’s Rover Launches To Far Side of Moon

China launched its most ambitious robotic lunar mission to date early Saturday. The rover will land on the far side of the moon for the first time ever. The probe, Chang’e-4, is named after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology. The Chinese agency sent the Chang’e-4 combination static lander and rover into space atop a...

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Arrived at Asteroid Bennu
December 03, 2018
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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Arrived at Asteroid Bennu

It’s been two years and two months since NASA launched its $800-million from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Finally, OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived. Just after noon ET today OSIRIS-REx fired its thrusters for a small burn, putting it about 4.3 miles from Bennu. Thus, marking the end of its journey to the asteroid....

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NASA’s InSight Probe Just Landed on Mars
November 26, 2018
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NASA’s InSight Probe Just Landed on Mars

After a six-month (484,773,006km) voyage through space, NASA finally lands its InSight probe on the surface of the red planet. A few minutes after landing, InSight sent the official “beep” to NASA to signal that it was alive and well. To reach Mars, InSight cruised 301,223,981 miles at a top speed of 6,200 mph....

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ISS Astronaut Captures Rocket Launch from Space
November 24, 2018
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ISS Astronaut Captures Rocket Launch from Space

An ISS astronaut captured an impressive time-lapse video of the Russian Progress MS-10 (Progress 71) cargo spacecraft, on its way to the orbiting complex. Astronaut Alexander Gerst filmed the footage of the Soyuz-FG rocket launched from Kazakhstan on November 16, 2018. The cargo vessel began its journey to the ISS. It carried...

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Researchers Capture the Sound of Sunrise on Mars
November 12, 2018
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Researchers Capture the Sound of Sunrise on Mars

NASA’s Opportunity rover captured the 5,000th sunrise on Mars. To celebrate that, scientists have reproduced it in sound. Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Exeter in the UK used data sonification techniques to create a two-minute piece of music. For this achievement, they scanned a picture...

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