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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully taps an asteroid in attempt to grab a sample

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully taps an asteroid in attempt to grab a sample

Filed under:We won’t know until tomorrow if it worked, thoughThis afternoon, a NASA spacecraft more than 200 million miles from Earth successfully touched the surface of an asteroid, in an attempt to grab a handful of pebbles and dust from the space rock. Data from the spacecraft confirmed that the vehicle did indeed touch the asteroid today, but NASA won’t know until tomorrow if it actually snagged a sample of material.“Touchdown declared,” a mission controller announced when the team received data confirming the maneuver. “Sampling in process.” The news of the success was met with cheers...

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A NASA spacecraft is poised to snag the largest sample of rocks from an asteroid ever

A NASA spacecraft is poised to snag the largest sample of rocks from an asteroid ever

Tomorrow, a US spacecraft more than 200 million miles from Earth will sneak up to an asteroid larger than the Empire State Building and snag a handful of rocks from its surface. If all goes to plan, the spacecraft will store the precious cache of rocks inside its belly, and will eventually transport the materials to Earth, where they can be studied by scientists in a lab.The spacecraft stealing these rocks is called OSIRIS-REx, part of the first-ever NASA mission tasked with returning samples of an asteroid back to Earth. Launched in September of 2016, OSIRIS-REx spent two years traveling...

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A spacecraft is about to slingshot around Venus, putting it on course for Mercury

A spacecraft is about to slingshot around Venus, putting it on course for Mercury

Filed under:BepiColombo is using Venus to put on the brakesA joint European and Japanese spacecraft is about to slingshot around the planet Venus, performing a short gravitational dance that will change the vehicle’s course through space. This critical maneuver will take place just before midnight Eastern Time, and the spacecraft has to nail its routine in order to reach its ultimate destination — Mercury — within the next five years.The spacecraft making this planetary swing is BepiColombo, which is really two spacecraft wrapped into one. The vehicle consists of one spacecraft overseen by...

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SpaceX receives contract to build missile tracking satellites for the Defense Department

SpaceX receives contract to build missile tracking satellites for the Defense Department

Filed under:The satellites are supposedly based on SpaceX’s Starlink designYesterday, (SDA), tasking the company with building a new satellite for the US military capable of tracking and providing early warnings of hypersonic missile launches. Another company, L3Harris Technologies out of Florida, was given more than $193 million by the agency to also build tracking satellites.The satellites are meant to be the first crucial part of the SDA’s Tracking Layer Tranche 0, which is designed to provide missile tracking for the Defense Department from space using infrared sensors. SpaceX and...

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Production company aims to film space reality TV show, with the winner flying to orbit

Production company aims to film space reality TV show, with the winner flying to orbit

Filed under:Do you have what it takes to be the next Space Hero?A US production company is planning to produce a reality TV show competition, where the winner will receive a trip to the International Space Station as the ultimate prize, . The plan is yet another way to capitalize on the newly developed private human spacecraft, from SpaceX and Boeing, that are opening up ways for non-government astronauts to reach space.Dubbed Space Hero Inc., the production company plans to put together a televised contest called Space Hero that would select contestants from around the world to train for...

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NASA wants to buy Moon rocks from private companies

NASA wants to buy Moon rocks from private companies

Filed under:Can you prove you’ve bagged lunar dirt? NASA will pay youNASA is officially in the market for Moon rocks — and it’s willing to pay any company that’s capable of scooping them up.Today, the space agency is , challenging them to snag small samples of rocks on the Moon’s surface. The companies will have to prove that they have collected lunar samples in some kind of small container by sending pictures and data to NASA. If satisfied, NASA pledges to purchase the samples for between $15,000 and $25,000. Eventually, NASA will retrieve the rock samples and bring them back to Earth.NASA...

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Sep 10
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SpaceX launched and landed a Falcon 9 rocket on a record-breaking sixth flight

SpaceX launched and landed a Falcon 9 rocket on a record-breaking sixth flight

Filed under:The rocket took off at 10:31AM ETUpdate August 18th, 11:20AM ET: SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket and then landed the vehicle on a drone ship in the ocean, potentially opening up the possibility of a seventh flight for the vehicle. All of the satellites on board the rocket successfully deployed into their intended orbits.Original Story: This morning, SpaceX is set to launch its latest batch of internet-beaming Starlink satellites into orbit, and the company is using one of its most space-worthy rockets for the job. The Falcon 9 rocket launching on today’s mission...

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Aug 18
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NASA astronaut on SpaceX Crew Dragon return: "Sounded like an animal"

NASA astronaut on SpaceX Crew Dragon return: "Sounded like an animal"

Filed under:Bob Behnken gives a vivid description of the plunge through the atmosphereAs NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley , the two said that the vehicle truly came “alive” when it plunged through Earth’s atmosphere. The capsule vibrated, jolted, and roared while the surrounding air heated up and scorched the outside of the vehicle — and the astronauts got it all on tape.“I did record some audio of it, but it doesn’t sound like a machine. It sounds like an animal coming through the atmosphere with all the puffs that are happening from the thrusters and the atmospheric noise,”...

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Prototype of SpaceX’s future Starship rocket flies short hop to 500 feet

Prototype of SpaceX’s future Starship rocket flies short hop to 500 feet

Filed under:A large-scale version of Starship finally saw some airJust two days after , SpaceX successfully flew a prototype of its next-generation, deep-space rocket in south Texas, sending the vehicle up to 500 feet and then landing it back down on Earth. It’s the largest test version of the massive spaceship to see some air.The prototype is that of SpaceX’s Starship, a spacecraft the company wants to build to transport people to deep-space worlds like the Moon and Mars. The final version of the spaceship would stand at nearly 400 feet high and 30 feet wide, and be capable of sending more...

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Virgin Galactic releases renders of proposed supersonic jet that can reach Mach 3

Virgin Galactic releases renders of proposed supersonic jet that can reach Mach 3

Filed under:But it’s only got room for nine to 19 passengersThis morning, Richard Branson’s space tourism venture Virgin Galactic unveiled the design of its proposed supersonic jet. The company claims the final version of the vehicle could carry between nine and 19 passengers and reach Mach 3, or three times faster than the speed of sound.Virgin Galactic’s primary focus is its space tourism business, which strives to send paying customers to the edge of space and back on the company’s spaceplane. But for years, Virgin Galactic has also to develop high-speed, point-to-point travel. The...

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NASA’s life-hunting Mars rover is officially on its way to the Red Planet

NASA’s life-hunting Mars rover is officially on its way to the Red Planet

Filed under:Safe travels, PerseveranceNASA’s latest Mars rover — a six-wheeled SUV-sized robot named Perseverance — successfully launched from Florida this morning, embarking on a nearly seven-month journey to the Red Planet. Once it reaches Mars, it will attempt a harrowing landing to the surface and start exploring the planet’s terrain, hoping to solve the biggest lingering mysteries about Mars’ past.The primary focus of Perseverance’s mission is to . The rover is equipped with multiple instruments to search for signs of ancient microbes that may be lurking in the rocks and dirt on Mars....

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FCC approves Amazon’s internet-from-space Kuiper constellation of 3,236 satellites

FCC approves Amazon’s internet-from-space Kuiper constellation of 3,236 satellites

Filed under:Though there are caveats to the approvalThe Federal Communications Commission has approved Amazon’s plans for its ambitious Kuiper constellation, which entails sending 3,236 satellites into orbit to beam internet coverage down to Earth. The decision is a crucial regulatory step that paves the way for Amazon to start launching the satellites when they’re ready.The company plans to send the satellites to three different altitudes, and it claims it needs just 578 satellites in orbit to begin service, . Amazon has not announced which launch provider it plans to use to fly the...

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Russia just tested satellite-destroying tech in space, US Space Command claims

Russia just tested satellite-destroying tech in space, US Space Command claims

Filed under:Nothing was destroyed, but it’s not a good lookThe Department of Defense believes that Russia may have tested out a new technology in space that could be used to destroy other satellites already in orbit. This particular test didn’t destroy anything, but military officials are worried it could be used to target US satellites in the future.On July 15th, a Russian satellite called Kosmos 2543 released an unknown object into orbit, according to US Space Command, which is responsible for tracking all the objects currently in orbit. The satellite released this mysterious object near...

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China successfully launches interplanetary mission to Mars with rover in tow

China successfully launches interplanetary mission to Mars with rover in tow

Filed under:The spacecraft should reach Mars in February 2021China has its first major interplanetary mission to Mars. The launch begins a long seven-month journey through deep space, and once the mission reaches the Red Planet, China could become just the second nation ever to land and operate a rover on the Martian surface.Called Tianwen-1, . The trio launched on top of the Long March 5 from China’s Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the early morning hours of July 23rd. The Long March 5 is one of China’s most powerful rockets, and this mission marked just the fourth launch ever for this...

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China is about to launch a trio of spacecraft to Mars — including a rover

China is about to launch a trio of spacecraft to Mars — including a rover

Filed under:Called Tianwen-1, the mission could elevate China’s space programEarly on July 23rd, China is slated to launch its most ambitious space mission yet, sending a trio of spacecraft to Mars — including a rover to explore the planet’s surface. If successful, China will become the second nation to land and operate a rover on the Red Planet.The mission is named Tianwen-1 — after the long poem “Tianwen,” which means “Questions to Heaven” — and it entails sending an orbiter, a lander, and a rover to Mars. The three spacecraft will launch on top of one of China’s most powerful rockets,...

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Jul 22
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Watch the United Arab Emirates launch its first mission to Mars

Watch the United Arab Emirates launch its first mission to Mars

Filed under:Takeoff is scheduled for 5:58PM ETThe United Arab Emirates is counting down to the launch of its first interplanetary space mission today — . The Emirates Mars Mission will aim to provide a global snapshot of the weather on the Red Planet. It will also be a source of pride for the UAE as the country celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding in December of 2021.To ensure that Hope is actually at Mars by the anniversary, the UAE must launch this summer. Planetary scientists have a very small window every two years to send spacecraft to Mars, when the Red Planet and Earth...

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Jul 19
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House budget bill denies major increases for NASA to fund ambitious Moon program

House budget bill denies major increases for NASA to fund ambitious Moon program

Filed under:Coming up nearly $3 billion shortHouse appropriators , potentially jeopardizing the agency’s plans of sending astronauts back to the Moon by 2024.Today, the House Appropriations Committee , detailing the budgets for all commerce, justice, and science agencies in the US. The bill would give NASA a total budget of $22.63 billion for next year, the same amount the agency received for 2020. However, it’s nearly $3 billion less than the $25.2 billion the Trump administration called for in the president’s budget request — a hefty amount intended to fund an ambitious lunar return.NASA...

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Virgin Galactic will organize private passenger trips to the space station for NASA

Virgin Galactic will organize private passenger trips to the space station for NASA

Filed under:The suborbital space company is going orbital... kind ofRichard Branson’s space tourism venture, Virgin Galactic, will start coordinating private astronaut trips to the International Space Station for NASA — a new partnership aimed at increasing commercial use of the space agency’s orbiting outpost., Virgin Galactic is tasked with putting together a “new private orbital astronaut readiness program,” for the agency. That means finding companies or organizations with an interest in sending people to the space station — for whatever reason — and then finding the right...

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How to watch SpaceX’s first crew dock with the International Space Station

How to watch SpaceX’s first crew dock with the International Space Station

Filed under:Docking is scheduled for 10:29AM ETOn Saturday afternoon, SpaceX launched its first human crew to space for NASA on the company’s new Crew Dragon spacecraft — but the mission isn’t over yet. After spending nearly a full day in orbit, the two passengers on board SpaceX’s vehicle, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, will attempt to dock with the International Space Station this morning.RelatedSpaceX’s Crew Dragon has an automatic docking system, which uses a series of sensors and cameras to help the vehicle approach the ISS and then grab on to an existing docking port....

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May 31
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SpaceX Crew Dragon launch live blog

SpaceX Crew Dragon launch live blog

SpaceX is about to make history as it attempts to launch its first passengers to space for NASA. Veteran NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are set to launch on SpaceX’s new capsule, the Crew Dragon, which will take the pair to the International Space Station.It’s a big moment for the company, as it’ll mark the first time a private company has ever sent people into orbit. And with this launch taking place from Florida, it’ll be the first time in nearly a decade that people have launched to orbit from American soil since the end of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011.NASA’s coverage...

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SpaceX successfully launches first crew to orbit, ushering in new era of spaceflight

SpaceX successfully launches first crew to orbit, ushering in new era of spaceflight

Filed under:NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are on their way to the space stationAfter nearly two decades of effort, Elon Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX, successfully launched its first two people into orbit, ushering in a new age of human spaceflight in the United States. The flight marked the first time astronauts have launched into orbit from American soil in nearly a decade, and SpaceX is now the first company to send passengers to orbit on a privately made vehicle.The two astronauts — veteran NASA fliers Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley — rode into space inside SpaceX’s new...

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Here’s what to expect as SpaceX launches its first human crew to space

Here’s what to expect as SpaceX launches its first human crew to space

On the afternoon of May 27th, SpaceX is slated to launch its very first passengers to space, potentially heralding a new era of human spaceflight for the United States. It’ll be the first time in nearly a decade that people have launched to orbit from American soil, and it’ll be the first time that a private vehicle takes them there.This historic flight is really a test. It’s the last big milestone for SpaceX as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. for NASA that are capable of transporting astronauts to and from the International Space Station. SpaceX’s contribution to the program is a...

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May 26
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NASA and SpaceX say they are ‘go’ to proceed with historic crewed flight on May 27th

NASA and SpaceX say they are ‘go’ to proceed with historic crewed flight on May 27th

Filed under:Though there’s still more work to be doneAfter two days of intense reviews, NASA is giving its commercial partner SpaceX the thumbs-up to launch its first astronauts to space next week. There’s still more work to be done by both the agency and SpaceX, including another review on Monday, but officials decided there were no major issues standing in the way of the launch.“It was a good review, great discussion,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a press conference. “I think everybody in the room was very clear that now’s the time to speak up if there are any...

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May 22
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Try to dock with the International Space Station with this SpaceX Crew Dragon simulator

Try to dock with the International Space Station with this SpaceX Crew Dragon simulator

Filed under:Good luck and don’t damage your spaceshipLater this month, SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon spacecraft will take its first human passengers to the International Space Station — and now you can get a firsthand view of what they’ll be seeing when they approach the orbiting lab. Today, SpaceX simulator that allows users to try their hand at manually docking with the ISS using the Crew Dragon’s controls. Spoiler alert: it’s actually pretty hard!The simulator begins with your Crew Dragon vehicle radically askew in space. Ahead, a virtual recreation of the International Space Station awaits,...

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An out-of-control Chinese rocket may have dumped debris in Africa after falling from space

An out-of-control Chinese rocket may have dumped debris in Africa after falling from space

Filed under:The Long March 5B had an eventful homecomingOn Monday, a massive, out-of-control Chinese rocket fell out of the sky off the west coast of Africa, becoming one of the largest human-made objects ever to make an uncontrolled descent to Earth from space. At first, the rocket seemed to harmlessly slam into the Atlantic Ocean. But now it seems that some pieces of debris may have hit solid ground, according to from Côte d’Ivoire describing metallic objects that apparently fell from the sky.The rocket that just made a chaotic return to Earth was the core of China’s powerful Long March...

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May 13
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