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OSIRIS-REx probe detects water on asteroid Bennu

Just one week after the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s official arrival at the asteroid Bennu, the mission’s scientists have announced a significant find: Water appears to be locked inside the diamond-shaped mini-world’s clay minerals. Two scientific instruments — known as the OSIRIS-REx Visible … Continue reading

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Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space

NASA says its Voyager 2 probe has become the second human-made object to fly into interstellar space — six years after its twin, Voyager 1, became the first. Based on readings from its onboard instruments, the mission’s scientists have determined that … Continue reading

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NASA lander captures first recorded sounds of Mars

NASA’s Mars InSight lander is designed primarily to study the Red Planet’s interior, but it’s already produced a big bonus in the form of the first listenable sounds of the Martian wind. The low-frequency sounds, plus an audio version that’s … Continue reading

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InSight lander snaps Mars selfies galore

One week after landing on the Martian plain of Elysium Planitia, NASA’s InSight lander is on a selfie-snapping spree — and the photos could be used as a guide for 2.4 million Earthlings and their descendants to look for their names. InSight’s … Continue reading

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SpaceX booster gets dunked after launch

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket sent a robotic Dragon cargo capsule into orbit today from Florida to deliver 5,600 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station, just two days after a different Falcon 9 launched 64 satellites from a pad … Continue reading

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OSIRIS-REx probe reaches asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx today made its official rendezvous with a promising and potentially perilous asteroid named Bennu, after two years of closing in on it. “We have arrived,” telecommunications engineer Javi Cerna announced during a NASA webcast from mission control at Lockheed … Continue reading

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New Horizons probe zeroes in on Ultima Thule

Act Two of the 12-year-old New Horizons mission to Pluto and the solar system’s icy Kuiper Belt is heating up, with less than a month to go before NASA’s piano-sized spacecraft makes history’s farthest-out close encounter with a celestial object. The New Year’s flyby … Continue reading

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