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Aluminum Shapemodel of Comet 67P

Posted by Mattias Malmer on 2015/09/04 07:55 CDT | 1 comment

Mattias Malmer describes his MacGyver-esque process in creating a homemade aluminum version of 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

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A Kilometer Per Day: LightSail Mission Managers Refine Orbit-Raising Plan

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/09/04 04:04 CDT

LightSail will spiral away from Earth by about one kilometer per day, according to the latest orbital estimates by Georgia Tech's Space Systems Design Laboratory.

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Chang'e 5 test vehicle maps future sample return site

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/09/03 12:13 CDT | 3 comments

This summer the Chinese space agency has been making progress toward its planned 2017 launch of the Chang'e 5 robotic sample return mission, performing low-altitude imaging of the future landing site.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Digs Marathon Valley Walkabout

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2015/09/03 08:04 CDT

Opportunity drove farther into Marathon Valley in August, dug into what appears to be a water-altered rock, and took a lot of picture postcards in what is turning out to be a distinctively different site from any that the mission has found since the robot field geologist landed in 2004.

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CubeSats to the Moon

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/09/02 10:52 CDT | 1 comment

Casey interviews Dr. Craig Hardgrove about his lunar CubeSat, how it came together, and how NASA’s support for small missions are important for early career scientists like himself.

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Ten-day Taxi Trip to International Space Station Underway

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/09/02 12:18 CDT

A ten-day International Space Station taxi flight is underway following the Wednesday liftoff of a three-person crew from Kazahkstan.

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New Horizons extended mission target selected

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla and Casey Dreier on 2015/09/01 06:09 CDT | 4 comments

The New Horizons mission has formally selected its next target after Pluto: a tiny, dim, frozen world currently named 2014 MU69. The spacecraft will perform a series of four rocket firings in October and November to angle its trajectory to pass close by 2014 MU69 in early January 2019. In so doing, New Horizons will become the first flyby craft to pass by a target that was not discovered before the spacecraft launched.

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Populating the OSIRIS-REx Science Deck

Posted by Dante Lauretta on 2015/09/01 02:34 CDT | 1 comment

The assembly of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft continues, with many elements integrated onto the spacecraft ahead of schedule. Last month both OTES and OVIRS were delivered to Lockheed Martin and installed on the science deck.

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Dropping Orion in the Desert: NASA Completes Key Parachute Test

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/08/27 01:05 CDT | 2 comments

NASA’s Orion spacecraft completed a key parachute test Aug. 26 at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona.

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Webcomic: Poetry in space

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/08/26 10:11 CDT | 4 comments

Take a delightful, pixelated journey with French artist Boulet as he explains his love for the "infinite void" of the "mathematical skies."

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