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Watch astronauts install commercial spacecraft adapter on the ISS

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links NASA NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan are floating around in low Earth orbit today, installing the second of two docking adapters on the International Space Station. The international docking adapters — or IDAs — will allow Boeing and SpaceX commercial spacecraft to connect to the ISS and deliver […]

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NASA confirms mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links NASA NASA has been talking for years about sending a probe to Europa, and now it’s locking down those plans. The agency has confirmed the next phase of its Europa Clipper mission, which will send a spacecraft to the Jovian moon to determine if it could support life. The move […]

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‘Kerbal Space Program’ gets an interstellar flight sequel

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Kerbal Space Program It’s been four years since Kerbal Space Program (KSP) — the spacecraft building and flight simulation game — officially launched. While Elon Musk once called the title “awesome” and joked that SpaceX used KSP for testing software, it was due for a refresh. Today, Private Division announced […]

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NASA selects proposals for smallsats built to study deep space

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Solar & Heliospheric Observatory/NASA via Getty Images NASA is expanding plans to use small satellites (aka smallsats) to explore the Solar System. The agency has picked two proposals for smallsat technology that would improve observations in deep space, where they could help improve models that predict space weather. One, Science-Enabling […]

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Elon Musk’s spacefaring Tesla Roadster finishes its first trip around the sun

Mashable Image: spacex By Adam Rosenberg2019-08-18 21:00:36 UTC A year in the life of Starman lasts about 557 of our Earth days. The Tesla Roadster that SpaceX sent into outer space in Feb. 2018 has now completed one full  orbit around the sun. The distance “driven” amounts to roughly 762 million miles which, according to […]

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SpaceX Starman Roadster completes its first orbit around the Sun

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links SpaceX, Flickr Starman and his Tesla Roadster are now regular denizens of space. According to data from Where is Roadster, the cosmic driver has completed his first orbit around the Sun, taking 557 days since the first Falcon Heavy launch to circle our home star. Its path has taken it […]

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Stunning Hubble photo catches an aging star’s giant ring of space gas

Mashable Image: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Wade By Adam Rosenberg2019-08-17 21:33:00 UTC Just like people, stars get old. Also like people, aging stars release a lot of gas. This newly captured image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows us NGC 2022, a planetary nebula in the Orion constellation. Yes, it’s a star and not a […]

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Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America is no longer an empty hangar

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Virgin Galactic Virgin Galactic has officially opened Spaceport America’s “Gateway to Space” building few months after it started moving its staff and spacecraft to the New Mexico facility. In addition, the VMS Eve has arrived at the spaceport this week, which Chief Pilot Dave Mackay says brings “Virgin Galactic closer […]

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NASA chooses four potential asteroid sample sites for OSIRIS-REx

Engadget RSS Feed NASA’s OSIRIS-REx team has selected four potential sites for the agency’s first asteroid sample return mission. The spacecraft started mapping asteroid Bennu’s surface as soon as it arrived in late 2018, and scientists part of its ground team thought they’d be choosing the final two candidate sites at this point in time. […]

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Second failure of ExoMars parachute test throws schedule in jeopardy

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links ESA A joint mission between the European and Russian space agencies to deliver a rover to Mars is facing another setback. The European Space Agency (ESA) confirmed that parachutes for the ExoMars lander mission failed a second test that was conducted last week. A similar trial conducted back in May […]

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