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NASA is going to slam a spacecraft into an asteroid. Things might get chaotic.

The dinosaurs didn’t have a space program, so when an asteroid headed toward Earth with their name on it 65 million years ago, they had no warning and no way to defend themselves. We know how that turned out. Humans are, understandably, keen to avoid the same fate. Later this year, NASA will launch a…

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OSIRIS-REx spacecraft shines a light on asteroid Bennu’s future orbit

NASA scientists released a study this week that utilized precision tracking data from OSIRIS-REx. Data gathered from the spacecraft is allowing scientists to understand the movements of asteroid Bennu, which is labeled potentially hazardous, through the year 2300. The new data helps refine the asteroid’s future orbit and helps clarify calculations on if Bennu poses…

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NASA sun spacecraft whizzes through 9th solar flyby

Home News Spaceflight An artist’s depiction of Parker Solar Probe studying the sun. (Image credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory) NASA’s sun-grazing spacecraft is making its ninth daring dive past our neighborhood star in a continuing quest to puzzle out secrets of how the sun works.Parker Solar Probe was closest to the sun during…

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Hot dates: 2 spacecraft to make Venus flyby

Aug. 8, 2021Updated: Aug. 8, 2021 4:47 p.m.FILE – In this file photo made available by NASA shows the planet Venus made with data from the Magellan spacecraft and Pioneer Venus Orbiter. Two spacecraft are set to swoop past Venus within hours of each other this week, using the manoeuvre to do a little bit of…

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All eyes on Venus: 2 spacecraft gear up for close Venus flybys this week

Home News Spaceflight An artist impression of Solar Orbiter during its second flyby of Venus, scheduled to take place Aug. 10, 2021. (Image credit: ESA/ATG medialab) Venus is about to get double the extra attention. NASA’s Solar Orbiter, in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA), will hone in on Venus on Aug. 9, but…

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NASA’s Juno spacecraft, in orbit around Jupiter, is 10 years old this week

This week marked a special birthday celebration for Juno, NASA’s spacecraft which is currently in orbit around Jupiter. Juno launched 10 years ago this week, on August 5, 2011, and even though it was originally intended to run only until 2018, its mission was recently extended until 2025. During its time, Juno has revealed secrets…

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This Spacecraft Accidentally Flew Through a Comet’s Tail and Took a Crazy Photo

News @yeah_books Aug 1, 2021, 2:00 pm EDT | 1 min read NASA/NRL/STEREO/Karl BattamsSometimes, when you’re in the wrong place at just the right time, something magical can happen. At least that’s what happened when the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter accidentally passed through a comet’s tail and snapped the jaw-dropping photo up above. The…

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From Spacecraft to Sensor Fusion

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LunaH-Map spacecraft safely delivered to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

LunaH-Map ready for transport from the ASU Tempe campus to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Left to right: Joe DuBois, Nathaniel Struebel, Craig Hardgrove and Tyler O’Brien. Credit: ASU The ASU-led team that built NASA’s Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper, or “LunaH-Map” for short, has safely delivered their spacecraft to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in…

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Spacecraft buzzes Jupiter’s mega moon, 1st close-up in years

MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace WriterJune 8, 2021Updated: June 9, 2021 3:09 a.m. 1of3This June 7, 2021 image made available by NASA shows the Jovian moon Ganymede as the Juno spacecraft flies by.APShow MoreShow Less2of3This June 7, 2021 image made available by NASA shows the dark side of the Jovian moon Ganymede as the Juno spacecraft flies by.…