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New Horizons might get more flyby targets; Pluto features get official names


More than two years after New Horizons flew past Pluto, becoming the first human-made object to visit the dwarf planet, numerous surface features discovered and explored by the…

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Farewell, Cassini: a 20 year mission to Saturn comes to a life-protecting end


Goodbye, Cassini.  And thank you.  After a 20-year mission, 13 in orbit of Saturn, Cassini dived one last time for Saturn’s atmosphere.  Over the course of its years…

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Pioneer 10: first probe to leave the inner solar system & precursor to Juno


The first spacecraft to leave the inner solar system sailed into the asteroid belt 45 years ago today, 15 July 1972, on a mission that would mark many…

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The Grand Finale: Cassini enters final mission


Nearly 20 years after launch and almost 13 years at the majestic ringed planet, the Cassini spacecraft is about to enter the final phase of its historic mission….

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ExoMars completes crucial orbit insertion, hope lost for lander


After a seven month cruise between worlds, ESA and Russia’s Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and the Italian Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander arrived for their crucial orbit insertion burn (TGO)…

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Juno provides new data on Jupiter; readies for primary science mission


The Juno spacecraft has beamed back stunning images from its recent – and closest – approach to Jupiter, swinging to within 4,200 km (~2,610 miles) of the largest…

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Juno successfully completes orbital insertion burn to arrive at Jupiter


After a near five year cruise through the solar system, NASA’s Juno spacecraft has become the second craft to permanently enter orbit of the largest planet in our…

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New Horizons conducts flyby of Pluto in historic Kuiper Belt encounter


Humanity has visited the dwarf planet Pluto – the first-ever Kuiper Belt Object visited by a spacecraft – as NASA’s New Horizons probe cruised by the space body…

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TRMM spacecraft completes destructive re-entry over South Indian Ocean


A long-serving Earth observation satellite has succumb to a fiery demise via an uncontrolled destructive re-entry on Tuesday. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) spacecraft – a joint mission…

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New Horizons begins Pluto observations ahead of July flyby


Nine years after launching on an Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, NASA’s New Horizons space probe has begun preliminary observations of…

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China launches lunar sample return test mission


The Chinese have launched the third phase of its lunar exploration program on Thursday. Launch of the Chang’e-5-T1 mission took place at 1800UTC, utilizing a Long March-3C/G2 launch…

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NASA and ESA’s Cassini spacecraft marks 10 years at Saturn


Ten years ago today (Monday, June 30), NASA made history as the Cassini spacecraft became the first human-made satellite of Saturn – beginning an orbital tenure that has…

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SLS positioning for ARRM and Europa missions


Space Launch System (SLS) managers are conducting a feasibility study into the use of a 5.4 meter payload fairing, with a view to enabling the use of the…

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China’s Chang’e-3 and Jade Rabbit duo land on the Moon


China’s Chang’e-3 and the lunar rover Yutu (Jade Rabbit) have landed on the lunar surface at 1:11 pm UTC on Saturday. The duo were launched by a Long…

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Chang’e-3: Chinese lunar rover heading to the Moon


The Chinese have begun their most ambitious lunar mission to date, following the successful launch their Long March 3B rocket carrying the Chang’e-3 probe and Yutu lunar rover….

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ISS hardware issues providing lessons to be learned for BEO missions


Minor issues with elements of the International Space Station (ISS) Life Support hardware continue to show the need for highly robust systems on spacecraft bound for Beyond Earth…

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SpaceX successfully launches debut Falcon 9 v1.1


SpaceX have enjoyed a huge success via the launch the first flight of its new Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket on Sunday, carrying an array of payloads including Canada’s…

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Into the unknown: Voyager 1 begins interstellar space adventure


The hotly contested question has been answered: Voyager 1 is humanity’s first object to enter interstellar space. The historic announcement came from NASA after a year of review…

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Enabling the future: NASA call for exploration revolution via NIAC concepts


NASA’s Space Technology Program announced on Monday they are looking for what they describe as “far-out” concepts and ideas, as part of the Agency’s NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts…

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Curiosity/Atlas V teams set for holiday weekend launch to Mars


Set to return NASA on course to Mars, the Mars Science Laboratory, known colloquially as the Curiosity rover, stands ready with its Atlas V rocket for a Thanksgiving…