Loren Grush
Loren Grush
Loren Grush is a science reporter for The Verge, the technology and culture brand from Vox Media, where she specializes in all things space—from distant stars and planets to human space flight and the commercial space race. The daughter of two NASA engineers, she grew up surrounded by space shuttles and rocket scientists—literally. She is also the host of Space Craft, an original online video series that examines what it takes to send people to space. Before joining The Verge, Loren published stories in Popular Science, The New York Times, Nautilus Magazine, Digital Trends, Fox News, and ABC News.Source
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Japan confirms its asteroid mission returned samples of space rocks

Japan confirms its asteroid mission returned samples of space rocks

Filed under:And there might be even more to uncoverThis morning, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, confirmed that its mission to return samples of an asteroid to Earth did indeed bring home some space rocks. Engineers at the agency found black sand they believe to be from an asteroid inside the mission’s sample container.It’s great news for the mission, known as Hayabusa2, which launched to space in 2014. The mission sent a spacecraft to an asteroid named Ryugu to collect samples of rocks from the object’s surface and then bring them back to our planet for study. Hayabusa2...

Dec 14
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Japan’s asteroid sample return mission lands in Australian desert

Japan’s asteroid sample return mission lands in Australian desert

Filed under:Soon we’ll learn just how many asteroid rocks the mission gatheredAfter spending six years in space, a Japanese spacecraft just landed in the desert of southern Australia, bringing a small cache of asteroid rocks to the surface of Earth. It’s only the second time in history that materials from an asteroid have been returned to our planet. Eventually, scientists will open the spacecraft up, uncovering the precious rocks within to learn more about the asteroids that permeate our Solar System.The landing is the culmination of Japan’s Hayabusa2 mission, aimed at bringing samples of...

Dec 5
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Drone footage shows the shocking collapse of the Arecibo Observatory

Drone footage shows the shocking collapse of the Arecibo Observatory

Filed under:The 900-ton platform came crashing down on AreciboToday, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released shocking footage of . The video, captured on December 1st, shows the moment when support cables snapped, causing the massive 900-ton structure suspended above Arecibo to fall onto the observatory’s iconic 1,000-foot-wide dish.“the drone operator was very adept to see what was happening.”The videos of the collapse were captured by a camera located in Arecibo’s Operations Control Center, as well as from a drone located above the platform at the time of collapse. The operator of...

Dec 3
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Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico collapses as engineers feared

Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico collapses as engineers feared

Filed under:The telescope’s 900-ton platform came crashing down overnightThe massive Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico collapsed in on itself overnight. The catastrophic failure over the last couple of months, risking the integrity of the observatory’s entire structure.Pictures of Arecibo surfaced online this morning, revealing that the massive 900-ton platform that is normally suspended above the observatory was no longer there. The National Science Foundation, which oversees Arecibo, confirmed to The Verge that the platform did come crashing down onto the telescope’s giant...

Dec 1
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China’s Chang’e 5 mission lands on the Moon

China’s Chang’e 5 mission lands on the Moon

Filed under:The goal is to collect lunar soil samples and return them to EarthChina’s Chang’e 5 mission, tasked with bringing a sample of lunar dirt back to Earth, successfully landed on the Moon on Tuesday, marking the third time that China has placed a robotic spacecraft on the lunar surface. The lander will soon begin digging up samples of lunar soil, which will be returned to our planet later this month.from China’s Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on November 23rd, flying to space on top of a Long March 5 rocket. It’s a complex mission consisting of four main spacecraft that will all...

Dec 1
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Component failure in NASA’s deep-space crew capsule could take months to fix

Component failure in NASA’s deep-space crew capsule could take months to fix

Filed under:Engineers are figuring out how to replace a failed power unit in OrionEngineers are racing to fix a failed piece of equipment on NASA’s future deep-space crew capsule Orion ahead of its first flight to space. It may require months of work to replace and fix. Right now, engineers at NASA and Orion’s primary contractor, Lockheed Martin, are trying to figure out the best way to fix the component and how much time the repairs are going to take.In early November, engineers at Lockheed Martin working on Orion noticed that a power component inside the vehicle had failed, according to...

Nov 30
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Facing collapse, the famed Arecibo Observatory will be demolished

Facing collapse, the famed Arecibo Observatory will be demolished

Filed under:The failure of two main cables sealed the observatory’s fateThe world-famous Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, known for helping scientists peer into deep space and listen for distant radio waves, is after engineers concluded that the facility’s structure is at risk of a collapse. While teams will try to salvage some parts of the observatory, the decommission will bring an end to the popular 57-year-old telescope, which has been featured in numerous films and television shows.The decision comes after two major cables failed at the facility within the last few months, causing...

Nov 19
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Facing collapse, the famed Arecibo Observatory will be demolished

Facing collapse, the famed Arecibo Observatory will be demolished

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×The failure of two main cables sealed the observatory’s fateThe world-famous Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, known for helping scientists peer into deep space and listen for distant...

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SpaceX successfully launches second crew to space on first operational mission

SpaceX successfully launches second crew to space on first operational mission

SpaceX successfully launched its second crew of astronauts to orbit this evening inside the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. The flight, called Crew-1, marks the first operational mission of the Crew Dragon, as SpaceX embarks on a new era of regularly sending people to and from the International Space Station for NASA. The Crew Dragon took off at 7:27PM ET on top of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Flying inside the capsule are three NASA astronauts — Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker — as well as Soichi Noguchi, from the...

Nov 16
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NASA will fly Orion deep-space crew capsule "as is," despite failed component

NASA will fly Orion deep-space crew capsule "as is," despite failed component

Filed under:The agency claims there is enough redundancy in the systemNASA is opting to fly its future deep-space crew capsule Orion “as is” next year, after the agency discovered that . Engineers had been mulling over whether to replace the instrument before the vehicle’s flight but ultimately decided that there was enough redundancy in the system to withstand the failed component.“NASA has confidence in the health of the overall power and data system, which has been through thousands of hours of powered operations and testing,” . “Engineers will perform additional testing and continue to...

Dec 18
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