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Complete Mars 2020 spacecraft revealed for the first time

Complete Mars 2020 spacecraft revealed for the first time

NASA has revealed the spacecraft that the new Mars rover will use to travel to the red planet in 2020, as the US space agency continues to pave the way for an eventual manned mission. Mars 2020 will see a brand new rover set loose on the surface of the planet, complete with a toolkit of all-new instrumentation to do research.

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NASA shares first image of Astrobee ‘Bumble’ robotic assistant on ISS

NASA shares first image of Astrobee ‘Bumble’ robotic assistant on ISS

Last month, a spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station carrying, among other cargo, small cube-shaped robots called Astrobees. The devices are designed to operate in the space lab's unique microgravity environment, offering assistance to the astronauts located on the ISS. In its most recent update on the matter, NASA shared an image of the Astrobee robot 'Bumble' on the ISS alongside some details about how it and its 'Honey' companion are operating.

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NASA details Ultima Thule in first profile of Kuiper Belt object

NASA details Ultima Thule in first profile of Kuiper Belt object

NASA has published the first batch of results from the New Horizons' Kuiper Belt object flyby that took place on January 1, 2019. Only about 10-percent of the data from that flyby has been transmitted back to researchers on Earth, but the findings have been shared in a study published on May 17. According to the space agency, the object -- which is nicknamed Ultima Thule -- is 'far more complex than expected.'

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NASA LRO spots Beresheet spacecraft’s impact site on the Moon

NASA LRO spots Beresheet spacecraft’s impact site on the Moon

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) snapped multiple pictures of the Israeli Beresheet spacecraft's impact site on the Moon's surface. The images were captured in late April and published by the space agency on Wednesday, offering two different perspectives of the crashed robotic lunar lander. NASA says there are multiple pieces of evidence that show the captured crater was created by human, not meteoroid, activity.

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NASA seeks extra $1.6 billion to boost its return to the Moon

NASA seeks extra $1.6 billion to boost its return to the Moon

In order to meet the Trump administration's desire to return to the Moon by 2024, NASA will seek another $1.6 billion for its fiscal year 2020, it has been revealed. The deadline is a revision of the previous 2028 goal of returning humans to the lunar surface; Vice President Pence declared the new 2024 goal during the National Space Council meeting held earlier this year.

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The Moon is shrinking: Five decades on, Apollo mission data still surprising

The Moon is shrinking: Five decades on, Apollo mission data still surprising

The Moon is not only still active tectonically, but shrinking, NASA says, generating "moonquakes" as it slowly contracts. The new findings combined data from multiple Moon missions that took place nearly five decades ago with the LRO Mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter which is currently mapping out the surface of Earth's satellite.

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NASA calls for Apollo stories for 50th anniversary oral history

NASA calls for Apollo stories for 50th anniversary oral history

A historic anniversary for one of the greatest achievements in human history is coming this year. NASA says that July 20, 2019, will be the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. Apollo 11 is the mission that took Neil Armstrong and his fellow astronauts to the moon for the first time in human history.

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Space X Crew Dragon capsule parachute test failed

Space X Crew Dragon capsule parachute test failed

SpaceX has had a bit of up and down when it comes to testing of its Crew Dragon capsule that may one-day ferry Americans into space again. Not long ago the Crew Dragon test capsule was lost in an explosion during testing. NASA and SpaceX confirmed this week that last month another test of the capsule didn't go as planned.

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SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft successfully docks with ISS

SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft successfully docks with ISS

Over the weekend, SpaceX launched its Dragon cargo spacecraft packed with supplies for the International Space Station. Now, two days later, NASA has confirmed that the spacecraft successfully docked with the ISS, bringing with it more than 5,500lbs of cargo that includes hardware, research materials, and supplies for crew members. This marks SpaceX's 17th contracted commercial resupply mission.

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Mars’ giant dust storms could be behind the planet’s water loss

Mars’ giant dust storms could be behind the planet’s water loss

Mars has massive dust storms that tend to happen in the summer months on the planet. These dust storms can last for weeks and cover areas of the planet as large as the United States. Sometimes the dust storms are even more massive and involve the entire planet. These dust storms pose a significant threat to equipment on the Red Planet and any potential future manned mission.

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NASA Mars 2020 rover’s heat shield passes intense, critical test

NASA Mars 2020 rover’s heat shield passes intense, critical test

Lockheed Martin has announced that the heat shield for NASA's Mars 2020 rover has passed a critical testing milestone. The component was exposed to "flight-like thermal conditions," according to the company, which confirmed its "physical integrity." The heat shield will be used to help protect the rover as it enters the Martian atmosphere.

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The God of War is coming: The 411 on near-Earth asteroid Apophis

The God of War is coming: The 411 on near-Earth asteroid Apophis

It sounds like the plot of a Marvel movie, but acolytes are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Uncreator, the evil serpent that swallows the sun. Don't worry, though: this is asteroid 99942 Apophis, and it's NASA scientists that are counting off the ten years until the near-Earth space rock performs an astonishingly close fly-by. Here's what you need to know.

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