Spacecraft & Probes

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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NASA’s Kepler Telescope is Dead
October 30, 2018
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NASA’s Kepler Telescope is Dead

After nine years in deep space, NASA officially bid farewell to the Kepler telescope. The spacecraft revealed a universe full of planets. The most prolific planet-hunting machine has run out of fuel. The American space agency has decided to retire the spacecraft within its current, safe orbit, away from Earth. “Science...

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Parker Solar Probe Becomes Closest Spacecraft to the Sun
October 29, 2018
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Parker Solar Probe Becomes Closest Spacecraft to the Sun

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe just broke the record for closest approach to the Sun by a human-made object.  So, the spacecraft passed the current record of 26.55 million miles from the Sun’s surface on Oct. 29, 2018, at about 1:04 p.m. EDT, as calculated by the Parker Solar Probe team. It was the German-American...

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Hubble Telescope is in Trouble After a Mechanical Failure
October 08, 2018
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Hubble Telescope is in Trouble After a Mechanical Failure

One of the most important scientific instruments ever created is in trouble. NASA placed Hubble Space Telescope in safe-mode after a mechanical failure. The 28-year-old space observatory just lost one of the gyroscopes needed to point the spacecraft. So, the telescope is now operating with only essential functions. “On...

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SpaceX Launching NASA Astronauts For the First Time in 2019
October 07, 2018
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SpaceX Launching NASA Astronauts For the First Time in 2019

NASA has scheduled its very first crewed flight by a SpaceX rocket to the International Space Station for June next year. The mission will be the first manned US launch to the ISS since the retirement of NASA’s shuttles in 2011. Since that time, astronauts have had to rely on Russian spacecraft to get to the orbiting...

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Japan’s Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid Ryugu
September 24, 2018
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Japan’s Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid Ryugu

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched a pair of rovers on the asteroid Ryugu. They successfully landed and sent back remarkable photos. Engineers deployed the robots early Friday (Sept. 21). However, JAXA waited until today (Sept. 22) to confirm the operation was successful and both rovers landed safely....

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SpaceX to Send a Passenger Around the Moon
September 14, 2018
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SpaceX to Send a Passenger Around the Moon

The world’s first passenger is flying to the moon. SpaceX announced on Thursday that it will fly a passenger around the moon on its giant BFR rocket. In a tweet, Thursday evening (Sept. 13), SpaceX announced that it has “signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch...

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