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Space Dust hit an ESA spacecraft at 40,000 mph, but that's a good thing

Micrometer impacts hit the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft 54 ​​times in over 4,000 flight hours. The Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA When you look into the infinite darkness of space, you can easily imagine the solar system as the empty void of nothingness. But in the microns of the inner solar system, tiny patches of space-dust that are invisible to …

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Japan's spacecraft returns to Earth with a real piece of asteroid

Japan's Hayabusa 2 probe will leave its orbit around a distant asteroid on Wednesday after an unprecedented mission, heading for Earth. It will contain samples that could shed light on the origins of the solar system. The long journey home would begin at 10:05 am (0105 GMT), with the probe expected to deliver its precious samples by the end of …

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Mercury Transit 2019: How a spacecraft fleet will observe the rare event from space

On Monday (November 11), Mercury will wander across the face of the sun and several spaceships will target the rare event. Spacecraft have taken unbelievable pictures of past mercury transits and this year promises some exciting observations from space. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and Solar & Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) will observe the sun during Mercury's approximately 5.5-hour journey. up …

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The TESS spacecraft in search of NASA's planet offers a spectacular panorama of the Milky Way

NASA's Planet Hunting Spacecraft has created a spectacular panorama of the Southern Sky showing our home galaxy, the Milky Way. The Panorama contains 208 images taken by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) during its first year of science operations completed on 18 July. This celestial motion is a slightly broader view than usual for the mission, which is optimized …

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NASA to Livestream Key Boeing Starliner Spacecraft test

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft and service module is under scrutiny at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, before the company's pad-abort test. Boeing You can see a big test of Boeing's new Starliner ship on Monday, as NASA strives for the first time in almost a decade to bring back manned space launches to US soil. The CST-100 Starliner …

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Antares launches Cygnus cargo spacecraft on first CRS-2 mission

WALLOPS ICELAND, Va. – A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket successfully launched a Cygnus cargo spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station Nov. 2, The Antares 230 + rocket lifted off Pad 0-A at the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport here at 9:59 am Eastern. The Cygnus spacecraft, named by Northrop Grumman the S.S. Alan Bean after the late Apollo-era …

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The Luftwaffe robot spacecraft returns in orbit after nearly 800 days

The US Air Force X-37B returned to Earth this week after more than two years in orbit. Unmanned spacecraft continues to break records and orbiting the planet for 780 days before stopping at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft is an important part of the Pentagon's space plans at a time when NATO wants to declare space a …

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The Air Force's mysterious spacecraft lands and completes the two-year mission

In this US Air Force photo of October 27, 2019, the Air Force's X-37B successfully lands at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility at Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida following a record breaking mission of two years. (US Air Force over AP) The Air Force's mysterious spacecraft returns to Earth after a record-breaking mission of two years. The X-37B …

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