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Something Smacked into Jupiter! (video)

  On September 13, 2021, many observers, including armature astronomers around the globe, were surprised when they witnessed what was apparently an object hitting Jupiter. Space debris hitting Jupiter happens regularly, but it is rare for amateur astronomers to catch one in the act.  A Brazilian amature astronomer seemingly captured a video of one of those strikes. Jupiter, with its strong gravitational…

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Cutting-Edge Science Launches on NASA’s SpaceX Cargo Resupply Mission

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, topped with the uncrewed Dragon spacecraft, soars upward after lifting off from NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida at 3:14 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. Dragon will deliver new science investigations, supplies, and equipment to the International Space Station for NASA and SpaceX’s 23rd commercial resupply services mission.
Credits: NASA/Kim Shiflett

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NASA Unveils New Interactive Website Ahead of Landsat 9 Launch

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Landsat 9, a joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey satellite mission, is scheduled to launch Thursday, Sept. 16, from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. To help the media and public learn more about the project and its near 50-year history, NASA has launched a new interactive website:   www.nasa.gov/landsat9   Members of the media are also invited to a…

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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Spots Perseverance From Above

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  Can you see NASA’s newest rover in this picture from Jezero Crater?   NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter recently completed its 11th flight at the Red Planet, snapping multiple photographs during its trip. Along with capturing the boulders, sand dunes, and rocky outcrops prevalent in the “South Séítah” region of Jezero Crater, a few of the images capture NASA’s Perseverance rover amid its first…

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NASA Spacecraft Provides Insight into Asteroid Bennu’s Future Orbit

  In a study released Wednesday, NASA researchers used precision-tracking data from the agency’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft to better understand movements of the potentially hazardous asteroid Bennu through the year 2300, significantly reducing uncertainties related to its future orbit, and improving scientists’ ability to determine the total impact probability and predict orbits of other…

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NASA Science, Cargo Launches on Northrop Grumman Resupply Mission

A Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station with more than 8,200 pounds of science investigations and cargo after launching at 6:01 p.m. EDT Tuesday from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. At 8:46 p.m., the spacecraft’s solar arrays successfully deployed to collect sunlight to power Cygnus on its journey to the station.  …

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NASA, Boeing Standing Down on Aug. 4 Starliner Launch Attempt

NASA and Boeing are standing down from the Wednesday, Aug. 4, launch attempt of the agency’s Orbital Flight Test-2 to the International Space Station as mission teams continue to examine the cause of the unexpected valve position indications on the CST-100 Starliner propulsion system. Early in the launch countdown for the Aug. 3 attempt, mission teams detected indications that not…

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NASA Scrubbed Aug 3 Launch Attempt of Boeing OFT-2

  NASA, Boeing and United Launch Alliance have scrubbed the Aug. 3 launch attempt of the agency’s Orbital Flight Test-2 to the International Space Station due to unexpected valve position indications in the Starliner propulsion system. ULA will begin removing propellant from the Atlas V rocket. Pending resolution of the forward work, our next available launch opportunity would be 12:57…

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NASA Statement on GAO Ruling Regarding Human Landing System Protest

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The following is the NASA statement in response to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision released Friday on the human landing system protest:   “NASA was notified Friday, July 30, that the U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied the protests filed by Blue Origin Federation and Dynetics and has upheld the agency’s source selection of SpaceX to continue the development of its human landing…

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