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NASA's SLS launch was a resounding success, except for its secondary payloads

NASA’s SLS launch was a resounding success, except for its secondary payloads

The Near-Earth Asteroid Scout (NEA Scout) mission is designed to use a solar sail to fly over an asteroid and collect images. Drawing: Nasa The tiny Japanese lunar lander never landed on the Moon because it failed to communicate with ground controllers shortly after launching aboard NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The spacecraft was …

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What's next for the Orion spacecraft as it heads for the Moon

What’s next for the Orion spacecraft as it heads for the Moon

Artist’s rendering of Orion passing in front of the Moon, with an Earthrise in the background. Drawing: Nasa from NASA The Space Launch System lifted off on Wednesday, sending the uncrewed Orion spacecraft on a 25-day journey to the Moon and back. Orion is expected to reach its destination early next week, when it will …

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After deploying its massive network, the commercial satellite becomes as bright as the stars of Orion

After deploying its massive network, the commercial satellite becomes as bright as the stars of Orion

The BlueWalker 3 satellite deployed the largest commercial communications network in low Earth orbit.GIF: AST SpaceMobile/Gizmodo Since his launch in september, the BlueWalker 3 satellite had anxious observers watching the skies ahead of its full deployment. Now the prototype satellite has completely stretched its massive antenna array, greatly increasing its brightness and posing a threat …

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Engineers assess hurricane-damaged insulation ahead of Artemis' launch on Wednesday - Spaceflight Now

Engineers assess hurricane-damaged insulation ahead of Artemis’ launch on Wednesday – Spaceflight Now

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS AND USED WITH PERMISSION NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket and Orion spacecraft on Launch Complex 39B. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky NASA officials have cleared the agency’s Artemis lunar rocket for the start of another countdown early Monday, but engineers must resolve questions about hurricane-damaged insulation before the massive propellant may be …

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NASA delays first operational Boeing Starliner mission until 2024

NASA delays first operational Boeing Starliner mission until 2024

The Boeing Starliner approaches the ISS on May 20, 2022. Photo: Nasa The first operational mission of Boeing’s Starliner CST-100 spacecraft to the International Space Station will not take place until 2024 at the earliest, according to NASA’s updated flight manifest. The capsule, designed to carry crew into low Earth orbit, was originally scheduled to …

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SpaceX countdown to late Eutelsat launch – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. The Falcon 9 rocket will launch Eutelsat’s Hotbird 13G geostationary communications satellite. follow us on Twitter. DFS live SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket Thursday morning from …

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NASA's asteroid probe captures haunting images of Earth and Moon

NASA’s asteroid probe captures haunting images of Earth and Moon

The Lucy spacecraft captured this image of Earth on October 15. Image: Nasa NASA’s Lucy spacecraft got its first sight of the Earth-Moon System a a year after its launch from its home planet to explore a distant swarm of asteroids. The spacecraft captured beautiful, and somewhat intimidating, images of Earth and its natural satellite …

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NASA's asteroid probe captures haunting images of Earth and Moon

NASA’s asteroid probe captures haunting images of Earth and Moon

The Lucy spacecraft captured this image of Earth on October 15. Image: Nasa NASA’s Lucy spacecraft got its first sight of the Earth-Moon System a a year after its launch from its home planet to explore a distant swarm of asteroids. The spacecraft captured beautiful, and somewhat intimidating, images of Earth and its natural satellite …

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