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    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Probe on Course to Reach Asteroid Bennu on December

    A NASA spacecraft designed to bring a small sample from asteroid Bennu to Earth is on course to arrive at its destination on December 3, the US space agency has said. Launched in September 2016, the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft has been slowly approaching Bennu, NASA said on Thursday. The spacecraft will […]

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    NASA Scientists Concerned About Toilet Microbes on ISS

    NASA is concerned over the strains of the bacterium Enterobacter, identified on the toilets of the International Space Station’s (ISS), which can raise potential health implications for future missions, say Indian-origin scientists at the US space agency. Five strains of ‘Enterobacter’ bacterium isolated from the space toilet and the exercise platform on the ISS in […]

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    NASA Retires Its Planet Hunter, the Kepler Space Telescope

    The Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel and will be retired after a 9-1/2-year mission in which it detected thousands of planets beyond our solar system and boosted the search for worlds that might harbour alien life, NASA said on Tuesday. Currently orbiting the sun 94 million miles (156 million km) from Earth, the spacecraft will drift […]

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    NASA’s Chandra Observatory Back in Action

    NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory, observing the universe in high-energy light since 1999, is back in action after suffering a glitch due to the failure of the gyroscope and going into safe mode last week. The cause of Chandra’s safe mode on October 10 has now been understood and the Operations team has successfully returned the spacecraft to its normal pointing […]

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    NASA’s Chandra Telescope in Safe Mode Due to Glitch

    Barely a week after NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope entered safe mode, its Chandra mission has also suffered a glitch possibly due to the failure of the gyroscope, the US space agency said. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory, observing the universe in high-energy light since 1999, has entered a protective “safe mode”, which interrupts scientific observations and puts the spacecraft […]

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    NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Marks 4 Years in Mars Orbit With a Selfie

    NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft released a selfie image of the spacecraft at Mars, celebrating its four years in orbit studying the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet. MAVEN’S selfie image looks at ultraviolet wavelengths of sunlight reflected off of components of the spacecraft. The image was obtained with the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument that normally looks at […]

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    NASA Launches New Website to Show Impact of Space Tech on Daily Life

    NASA has launched a new interactive website that lets users explore how space technology impacts everyday life on Earth. The new website, called NASA Home and City, features about 130 spinoff technologies in a virtual space, allowing users to tour through buildings and rooms to discover common items that NASA inspired or helped improve, the agency said in […]

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    NASA’s New TESS Telescope Shares First Image in Hunt for New Worlds

    NASA’s newest planet hunter telescope, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), has now shared the first image that it captured as part of its initial round of data collection. Part of the data from TESS’ initial science orbit includes a detailed picture of the southern sky taken with all four of the spacecraft’s wide-field cameras, NASA […]