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Helicopter catches returning rocket booster over the Pacific as it fell back to Earth after launch

The US-New Zealand Rocket Lab company has taken a big step forward in its quest to re-use its launch vehicles by catching one as it fell back to Earth. A helicopter grabbed the booster in mid-air as it parachuted back towards the Pacific Ocean after a mission to orbit 34 satellites. The pilots weren’t entirely […]

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Rocket that is expected to crash into the Moon built by China not SpaceX, astronomers say

A rocket expected to crash into the Moon in early March was built by China, not SpaceX, as originally announced by astronomy experts. A rocket will strike the lunar surface on March 4 but, contrary to what had been announced, it was built not by Elon Musk’s company, but by Beijing, experts now say. The […]

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At least 40 SpaceX satellites fall from orbit and burn up after being hit by geomagnetic storm

SpaceX has lost dozens of satellites after they were hit by a geomagnetic storm a day after launch, causing them to fall from orbit and burn up. Such solar “storms” are caused by powerful explosions on the sun’s surface, which spit out plasma and magnetic fields that can hit the Earth. The company, owned by […]

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NASA to retire the International Space Station by crashing it into the Pacific Ocean

NASA intends to keep operating the International Space Station until the end of 2030, after which the ISS would be crashed into a remote part of the Pacific Ocean known as Point Nemo, according to newly published plans outlining its future. In the International Space Station Transition Report, NASA said the plan was for the […]

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Space debris from a Russian anti-satellite missile test comes within 47 feet of knocking out China’s Tsinghua satellite

Space debris from a Russian anti-satellite missile test came within 47 feet of knocking out China’s Tsinghua science satellite this week, Beijing claims. The near-miss between Tsinghua and the piece of debris, called 49863, occurred at 02:49 GMT on January 18, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) has said, based on tracking data. The two […]

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Out of control SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to hit far side of the moon around March 4

A SpaceX rocket is on a collision course with the moon after spending almost seven years hurtling through space, experts say. The booster was originally launched from Florida in February 2015 as part of an interplanetary mission to send a space weather satellite on a million-mile journey. But after completing a long burn of its […]

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James Webb telescope arrives at final position in space to observe the universe

Thirty days after it was launched, the James Webb telescope has arrived at the position in space where it will observe the Universe. The Lagrange Point 2, as it’s known, is a million miles (1.5 million km) from Earth on its nightside. Webb was finally nudged into an orbit around this location thanks to a […]

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‘DON’T LOOK UP!’ Kilometer-wide asteroid known as 7482 (1994 PC1) to flyby Earth next week

An asteroid estimated to be a kilometer wide will fly by Earth on January 18. It will pass within 1.2 million miles of our planet, moving at 47,344 miles per hour, according to NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies, which tracks potentially hazardous comets and asteroids that could collide with our planet. The approaching […]

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Out-of-control Russian rocket stage reenters Earth’s atmosphere

An out-of-control Russian rocket stage has re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, according to the latest estimate from US Space Command, which has been tracking its descent. The Angara-A5 heavy-lift rocket was launched from the Plesetsk spaceport in Russia’s northwestern Arkhangelsk region on Monday, December 27. The launch was testing a new upper rocket stage, known as […]

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Elon Musk rejects claims that his Starlink satellites are taking too much space

Elon Musk has rejected claims that his Starlink satellite internet project is taking up too much room in space. “Tens of billions” of satellites can be accommodated in orbits close to Earth, he told the Financial Times. His comments come after a claim by the head of the European Space Agency (ESA) that Mr Musk […]

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‘Voyage back to the birth of the Universe’: $10 billion James Webb telescope lifts off

The $10 billion James Webb telescope has left Earth on its mission to show the first stars to light up the Universe. The observatory was lifted skyward by an Ariane rocket from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana. Its flight to orbit lasted just under half an hour, with a signal confirming a successful outcome […]

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe makes historic pass through Sun’s atmosphere

U.S space agency’s Parker Solar Probe flew through the outer atmosphere of the Sun — the first time for any spacecraft. The historic feat was achieved by the Parker Solar Probe, which dipped, for just a short while, into a region around our star that scientists call the corona. It occurred in April, but the […]