Spacecraft & Probes

NASA Camera Melted During Rocket Launch but Photos Survived
May 24, 2018
Entertainment

NASA Camera Melted During Rocket Launch but Photos Survived

A DSLR camera melted on Tuesday, May 22, during SpaceX’s latest Falcon 9 rocket launch. The camera belongs to NASA photographer Bill Ingalls. On May 22 Ingalls traveled to California to photograph the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch two spacecraft into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Santa Barbara. The...

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Rosetta Explains Origins of Sunrise Jets on Comet 67P
May 23, 2018
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Rosetta Explains Origins of Sunrise Jets on Comet 67P

Astronomers are studying data collected by the Rosetta probe. Therefore, better understanding the factors responsible for the formation of sunrise jets on Comet 67P. The sunrise jets are unique dust and gas jets. Comets emit them. The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany is leading a study, also...

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On This Day May 20, 1978 NASA Launches Pioneer Venus 1
May 20, 2018
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On This Day May 20, 1978 NASA Launches Pioneer Venus 1

Pioneer Venus mission consisted of two spacecraft, the orbiter, and the multiprobe which launched separately to study Venus.  The Pioneer Venus 1 (also known as the Pioneer Venus orbiter) was the first of two spacecraft. NASA launched it on May 20, 1978, from the Kennedy Space Center aboard an Atlas-Centaur rocket. The...

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NASA’s New Planet-Hunter Captures 1st Image
May 19, 2018
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NASA’s New Planet-Hunter Captures 1st Image

NASA’s TESS planet-hunter zoomed within about 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) of the moon yesterday (May 17). And it snapped its new test image. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched just last month on a mission to find alien worlds circling stars close to the sun. Yesterday the new...

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New Beautiful Photo of Saturn’s Three Moons
May 13, 2018
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New Beautiful Photo of Saturn’s Three Moons

Even though Cassini has finished its mission, NASA is still releasing new photos. So, this one shows Saturn’s beautiful rings and amazing three moons. NASA’s legendary Cassini spacecraft finished its mission on 15 September 2017, plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere. However, NASA is still releasing spectacular...

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NASA Sending a Helicopter to Mars
May 12, 2018
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NASA Sending a Helicopter to Mars

Yes, NASA is officially sending a helicopter to Mars. And it will fly on their next red planet rover mission. NASA will attach a small, autonomous helicopter in the agency’s upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission, officials announced yesterday (May 11). This is the first time we are sending a helicopter to fly the skies of...

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SpaceX Successfully Launches their Most Powerful Falcon 9
May 11, 2018
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SpaceX Successfully Launches their Most Powerful Falcon 9

After an aborted attempt yesterday, Block 5 successfully launches into space. They also landed the most powerful version yet of their Falcon 9 rocket. The space agency originally tried to take off on Thursday. But they aborted the flight just a minute before launch due to an issue with ground systems. The so-named Block 5...

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NASA Launches Historic InSight Mission to Mars
May 05, 2018
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NASA Launches Historic InSight Mission to Mars

Today (May 5) NASA launched its historic InSight mission. The American space agency launched the spacecraft from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. NASA’s Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) is currently on a 300-million-mile trip to Mars. The historic probe will...

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Blue Origin Launches its Space Tourism Rocket
April 29, 2018
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Blue Origin Launches its Space Tourism Rocket

Blue Origin launched its space tourism rocket New Shepard on a test flight Sunday (April 29). It carried a space capsule equipped with a dummy. Thunderstorms delayed the launch. But after some several hours, New Shepard took off from the company’s Texas test facility. Thus, flying into space and nailing a rocket-assisted...

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Most Detailed Map of Milky Way Could Transform Astronomy
April 27, 2018
Galaxy

Most Detailed Map of Milky Way Could Transform Astronomy

European Space Agency released the most detailed map yet of our Galaxy, the Milky Way. Astronomers used data from the ESA’s Gaia satellite. So, the image you see above (full resolution available here) features the positions of nearly 1.7 billion stars and the distance, colors, velocities, and directions of motion of about...

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