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New Horizons shot of crescent pluto scaled

SPOOKY new Pluto snaps will make the HAIR RISE on the back of your neck

Pics NASA boffins have released a new batch of pictures beamed back from the New Horizons probe, barrelling into the emptiness of the far outer solar system. The pics were actually taken some time ago as the probecraft zoomed past icy dwarfworld Pluto. But the linkup between Earth and New Horizons isn't exactly the fattest of …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2015
New Horizons spacecraft approaching Pluto

PlayStation-processor-powered plutonium probe prepares Pluto pics

After a trip of nearly three billion miles, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, our first probe to Pluto, will on Wednesday start sending back up-close pictures of the dwarf planet. The craft was sent into our Solar System's obsidian void on January 19, 2006 – back when Pluto was still considered a planet in its own right. Later …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jan 2015
Space X Dragon in Orbit

Billionaire's pet DRAGON SPLASHES DOWN off Pacific Coast

Vid The "Dragon" private space podule - which delivered cargo to the International Space Station - has returned to Earth five weeks after its mission began. SpaceX's Dragon capsule was expected to splash down in the Pacific Ocean, around 265 miles west of the Baja peninsula, within the next hour. ISS 'naut Reid Wiseman tweeted …
Team Register, 25 Oct 2014
ISEE-3 hackers prepare to reboot spacecraft

Space hackers prepare to reactivate antiquated spacecraft

A team of space enthusiasts has picked up the first new contact with International Sun/Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3) probe and is preparing to fire its boosters for the first time since 1987, after a team of privateers crowdsourced over $125,000 for the project. ISEE-3 hackers prepare to reboot spacecraft ISEE-3 hackers prepare …
Iain Thomson, 20 May 2014

NASA probe orbiting Moon sights ANOTHER SPACECRAFT

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has snapped a picture of a spacecraft flying over the Moon beneath it - unfortunately, it was one of the space agency's own satellites. LRO snaps pic of LADEE LRO was ready on the camera when the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) craft passed below in orbit …

NASA opens its Jupiter photo album to honour Pioneer 10

Pics NASA has opened its photo scrapbook to remember the Pioneer 10 spacecraft, which on 4 December 1973 passed within 130,000km of Jupiter, in the process returning some decidedly non-hi-res snaps. Pioneer 10 images of Jupiter. Pics: NASA The agency explains: "Launched on March 2, 1972, Pioneer 10 was the first spacecraft to …
Lester Haines, 5 Dec 2013

NASA to flip ion engine's 'OFF' switch after brilliant 5.5 year burn

NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT), an ion-propulsion engine that has been firing continuously for five and one-half years, is due to be shut down at the end of this month. NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio The world's record holder for ion-propulsion longevity: …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jun 2013
Ready to lift: 35 metre dish at Tidbinbilla

Next Tidbinbilla deep space antenna ready for hoist

With the completion of dish assembly, the new DSS 35 antenna under construction at Australia's Tidbinbilla Deep Space Communications Complex is ready for a delicate bit of manoeuvring: from its current position on the ground, onto its pedestal. As the image below from the Complex's Webcam shows, getting the 34-metre dish from …
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Mars to go offline for a month as vast nuclear furnace gets in the way

Spacecraft exploring and orbiting Mars will be left alone for the next month as the red planet slips behind our nearest star for a bit of a spring break. The Sun will block radio signals for a month or so, something familiar to old hands such as Mars Express, which has been happily orbiting Mars for almost a decade. It is, …
Bill Ray, 4 Apr 2013
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Tito's Mars mission to use HUMAN WASTE as radiation shield

The team behind a planned private manned mission to Mars say they've come up with a way to protect voyagers from radiation exposure during the long trip: pack the walls of the spacecraft with a layer of the astronauts' own waste. "It's a little queasy sounding, but there's no place for that material to go, and it makes great …
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Another new asteroid-mining firm: 'First commercial space fleet'

A new space mining venture is all set to do battle with James Cameron’s asteroid mining outfit in an industry that isn’t even certain to be possible yet. Deep Space Industries will announce “the world’s first fleet of commercial asteroid-prospecting spacecraft” later today in Santa Monica. The cosmic drill firm’s founders, “ …
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NASA to smash its spacecraft INTO THE MOON

Vid NASA's twin lunar-orbiting GRAIL spacecraft are preparing to smash into the surface of the Moon as a final send-off. The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) ships, Ebb and Flow, will be intentionally crash-landed on the Moon now that their low orbit and fuel levels have ended their mission abilities. The crash …
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NASA launches iPhone spaceship app in 3D SPAAAAACE!

NASA has released an app that allows would-be rocket scientists get up close and personal with the agency's spacecraft. NASA's Spacecraft 3D app Spacecraft 3D, made at NASA's Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL), uses augmented reality animation to show how the spacecraft moves and to allow users to move its outer components. The app …
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'Thermal cloak' designed, could solve major chip, spacecraft issues

Top boffins in France have come up with a radical new take on the "cloaking" and invisible-shed physics breakthroughs of recent years. They have designed a technology which instead of bending microwaves or light can shield an object from heat - or concentrate heat upon it. Heat 'cloak' concept. Credit: Sebastien Guenneau, …
Lewis Page, 28 Mar 2012
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Spacemen urge NASA to build nuke ship for Mars trip

Mars has given nuclear spacecraft engines a new lease on life, with nuke ships being named as a top priority – along with electrical propulsion – in a new report that recommends what NASA should focus on in coming years. The two propulsion systems prioritized in the 468-page report by the National Research Council (NRC) – …
Rik Myslewski, 7 Feb 2012
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Now Russians can't even contact their busted Mars probe

Attempts to contact the lost Russian spaceship Phobos-Grunt have so far been unsuccessful, a source in the space industry said. The unmanned craft has been lost in space since it managed to get into orbit around Earth on 9 November, but then failed to produce the two engine bursts that would have sent it on its mission to Mars …
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NASA: Beam me up some power, Scotty

NASA boffins are looking into making a science-fiction staple - the idea of transmitting power to spacecraft using lasers or microwaves - into reality. Sending enough energy to replace commonly-used present day space propulsion via laser beam would be quite a feat. One of the most powerful lasers in the world that's capable of …
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Haven for life found in Mars' Syrtis Major region

Boffins sifting data from a survey craft in orbit above Mars say they have found evidence of "warm, wet spots" which would have been refuges for Martian life as the red planet changed from a hospitable world to a freezing desert billions of years ago. Silica deposits on a volcano in the Syrtis Major region of Mars. Credit: J R …
Lewis Page, 3 Nov 2010

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