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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will hit a milestone this weekend

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will hit a milestone this weekend

NASA's new horizons spacecraft reached Pluto on July 14, 2015. In doing so, it became the first spacecraft to investigate the dwarf planet closely. On January 1, 2019, it passed a large 36-kilometer long Kuiper belt object known as Arrokoth. That object is a rocky, icy body in a river of similar comet-like objects that circles the solar system not previously studied.

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Ingenuity Mars Helicopter spin test has completed

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter spin test has completed

Last weekend we mentioned that there had been a problem during a spin test for the NASA Ingenuity helicopter. NASA mission controllers have figured out a way to fix the issue with software, but the failed test did delay the launch schedule for the helicopter. Plans for the helicopter's first flight are now moving forward after the operations team says the aircraft has now completed a full-speed spin.

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Crew returns to Earth after six months on the ISS

Crew returns to Earth after six months on the ISS

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and two Russian crewmates, Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, have returned safely to Earth. The crew members returned to Earth after six months of being station aboard the ISS. They departed the ISS aboard a Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft at 9:34 p.m. EDT on Friday.

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NASA Artemis 2024 explained: How we’ll return to the Moon

NASA Artemis 2024 explained: How we’ll return to the Moon

Today we're taking a look at the NASA Artemis mission in as basic a way as possible - think of this as the doorway to interest in the whole mission from start to finish. Today we're looking at what Artemis is and what the most important components of the future of NASA's deep space exploration plans are.

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NASA picks SpaceX Starship for Artemis 2024 Moon lander

NASA picks SpaceX Starship for Artemis 2024 Moon lander

NASA has announced SpaceX will build the Artemis Lunar Lander, the craft which will return American astronauts to the surface of the Moon. The Artemis mission is scheduled to launch in 2024, and the Human Landing System will be instrumental in NASA's plan to not only build a sustainable presence on the Moon but pave the way to crewed missions to Mars and other deep space exploration.

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NASA just approved the SpaceX Crew-2 launch: Date and Details

NASA just approved the SpaceX Crew-2 launch: Date and Details

NASA has given the green-light for the SpaceX Crew-2 mission to launch in a week's time, it's been confirmed, with four astronauts after headed out to the International Space Station. The decision was made after a Flight Readiness Review (FRR) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, which decided the record-setting launch was safe to go ahead.

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NASA visualizes how binary black holes bend light

NASA visualizes how binary black holes bend light

NASA has released a new visualization that shows what the light-bending action of a pair of orbiting black holes would look like. The movie, which can be seen below, shows how a distant pair of black holes would distort and redirect light coming from the hot gas of the accretion disks surrounding them. When viewed from the orbital plane, each of the black hole's accretion disks would take on a double-hump characteristic.

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NASA shares final photo taken by OSIRIS-REx of asteroid Bennu

NASA shares final photo taken by OSIRIS-REx of asteroid Bennu

Not long ago, NASA had its spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx make one final flyby of asteroid Bennu before departing for the long trip back to Earth. One reason for the flyby was so that the spacecraft can capture an image showing the aftermath of its encounter with the asteroid. On that final flyby, OSIRIS-REx flew within 2.3 miles of the asteroid, which is the closest it has been to Bennu since the sample collection event last October.

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Mesmerizing video shows M87 black hole as nobody has seen it before

Mesmerizing video shows M87 black hole as nobody has seen it before

If you thought the first image of a black hole in distant galaxy M87 was something special two years ago, a newly-released video pulling together the work of 19 observatories will just about blow you away. In 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) captured the 25 billion mile wide black hole for the very first time, but don't let the name fool you into imagining one telescope with an astronomer's eye pressed to the viewfinder.

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NASA developed a new method of predicting volcanic eruptions using satellites

NASA developed a new method of predicting volcanic eruptions using satellites

It's notoriously difficult to predict volcanic corruptions. There are often signs that a volcano is likely to erupt in the future, including an increase in seismic activity, changes in gas emissions, and sudden ground deformation but accurately predicting eruptions is hard. Part of the challenge is that no two volcanoes behave exactly the same way before they erupt and another part is because only a few of the active volcanoes around the world have monitoring systems in place.

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The Roman Space Telescope will help NASA detect solitary black holes

The Roman Space Telescope will help NASA detect solitary black holes

NASA is talking about a new space telescope that will launch in the mid-2020s. The new telescope is the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, or simply the Roman Space Telescope. It's an infrared telescope that will help NASA peer into the infrared universe in an unprecedented fashion. One of the most important things that the Roman Space Telescope will allow NASA to do is detect solitary small black holes for the first time.

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NASA’s Ingenuity team has a software solution to fix the helicopter

NASA’s Ingenuity team has a software solution to fix the helicopter

Not long ago, we mentioned that NASA ran into a problem when it began to run a test of the Ingenuity Helicopter on the surface of Mars. On April 9, mission controllers were performing a planned high-speed spin-up test of the helicopter's rotors. During that test, an issue arose, and NASA previously announced the test flight was delayed until at least April 14. NASA has now confirmed the delay will be longer.

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