Spacecraft & Probes

Voyager 1 Fires its Thrusters after 37 Years
December 02, 2017
News

Voyager 1 Fires its Thrusters after 37 Years

Scientists and engineers working in the Voyager mission did something they didn’t do since 1980. They finally fired the spacecraft’s trajectory thrusters again. The last time Voyager 1 used its four “trajectory correction maneuver” (TCM) thrusters, was back in 1980. A time when the spacecraft did its last Saturn...

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SpaceX to Send Cargo to the Space Station on a Used Rocket
November 30, 2017
Entertainment

SpaceX to Send Cargo to the Space Station on a Used Rocket

NASA confirms that SpaceX will fly the next batch of supplies on a used Falcon 9 rocket. It already flew once back in June. NASA announced the news in a meeting on Wednesday. This is the first time for SpaceX reuse a rocket for NASA. The launch will happen in early December from Kennedy Space Center. It is also the first...

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RemoveDebris: Space Junk Removal Mission Prepares for Launch
November 29, 2017
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RemoveDebris: Space Junk Removal Mission Prepares for Launch

RemoveDebris is a spacecraft that will test varying methods to remove space garbage. Now, it is ready for a launch. RemoveDebris is an EU (European Union) space-junk-wrangling spacecraft. It will use a harpoon and net to demonstrate active removal of orbital debris. A consortium of 10 European companies has developed the...

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Russia Lost Contact with Meteor-M Satellite Launched Hours Earlier
November 28, 2017
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Russia Lost Contact with Meteor-M Satellite Launched Hours Earlier

Just hours after launching a satellite into space, Russia has lost contact. Soyuz-2 spacecraft was carrying Meteor-M satellite and 18 additional small satellites. Russia’s Roscosmos said they’ve lost contact with the Meteor-M satellite without even reaching its designated orbit. It said their experts were...

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NASA’s New Mars Rover Tires are Wonderful
November 26, 2017
Entertainment

NASA’s New Mars Rover Tires are Wonderful

The new nickel titanium tires are game-changing. The new rover tires can deform and retain their shape. Engineers at the Glenn Research center have developed a non-pneumatic, compliant tire for future Mars missions. The Mars Curiosity rover has been a really great success. However, harsh conditions on Mars have made an impact...

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New Breathtaking Image Comes from NASA’s Juno
November 18, 2017
Entertainment

New Breathtaking Image Comes from NASA’s Juno

Juno spacecraft keeps surprising us. The new breathtaking image reveals a massive raging storm on Jupiter with clouds that are eight miles wide.  Lockheed Martin built Juno spacecraft and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory operates it. Then, scientists launched the spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on...

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Juno Spacecraft Finally Calls Home after the Eighth Flyby of Jupiter
November 05, 2017
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Juno Spacecraft Finally Calls Home after the Eighth Flyby of Jupiter

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is finally back in contact with Earth. It has sent data confirming that it performed the eighth flyby of Jupiter. NASA launched Juno on August 5, 2011, from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The spacecraft arrived in orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016. During the flybys, Juno is probing beneath the obscuring...

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These Weird Space Sounds Compiled by NASA will Give You Goosebumps
October 30, 2017
Entertainment

These Weird Space Sounds Compiled by NASA will Give You Goosebumps

Just in time for Halloween, NASA published this compilation of weird space sounds. NASA published this impressive playlist on their Soundcloud account. So, there are plenty of spacecraft roaming the Universe. These weird space sounds come from the farthest reaches of space. It is obvious, that the sound in the vacuum of space...

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover is Ready to Drill for Martian Organics
October 25, 2017
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NASA’s Curiosity Rover is Ready to Drill for Martian Organics

After 10 months of waiting, Mars Curiosity Rover is ready to drill rocks. Last week, NASA did a careful test run with the Curiosity rover’s drill, using a new technique. Curiosity didn’t do any drilling because 10 months ago the drilling instrument broke. The drill had stopped functioning properly just as the...

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Check out the Top Countries With The Most Space Junk
October 21, 2017
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Check out the Top Countries With The Most Space Junk

More than 4,600 satellites wander over our heads. There are also 14,000 old rocket parts along with space debris or space junk. About 95 percent of what’s orbiting us is space junk. This includes dead satellites, used rocket parts, out-of-control space stations, lost astronaut tools and more. Experts say that this is...

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