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NASA’s robotic spacecraft to begin delicate operation to store precious rock particles it collected from Asteroid Bennu

NASA’s robotic spacecraft Osiris-Rex is set to begin on Tuesday a delicate operation to store the precious particles it scooped up from the asteroid Bennu, but which were leaking into space when a flap got wedged open. The probe is on a mission to collect fragments that scientists hope will help unravel the origins of […]

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NASA space probe crushed rocks and sent Asteroid Bennu rubble flying during sample collection

NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft crushed rocks and sent rubble flying as it briefly touched an asteroid, a strong indication that samples were collected for return to Earth. Scientists won’t know until next week how much was gathered at asteroid Bennu they want at least a handful of the cosmic rubble. But close-up pictures and video showed […]

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NASA space probe touches down on asteroid Bennu in historic mission

After a four-year journey, NASA’s robotic spacecraft Osiris-Rex briefly touched down on asteroid Bennu’s boulder-strewn surface on Tuesday to collect rock and dust samples in a precision operation 200 million miles from Earth. “Touch-And-Go” or TAG maneuver was managed by Lockheed Martin Space in Denver, Colorado at 6:12pm an announcer said: “Touchdown declared. Sampling is […]

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Nokia wins contract to build a 4G cellphone network on the Moon

Nokia is teaming up with NASA to ensure that the new wave of lunar astronauts will be able to post their experience to their Instagram account if they so desire. The telecoms company will receive US$ 14.1 million funding from the US space agency to build a 4G cellphone network on the moon. The announcement […]

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Asteroid the size of Boeing 747 jet to collide with the Earth’s outer orbit

An asteroid the size of Boeing jet plane is moving towards Earth’s orbit next week. Centre for Near-Earth Objects at NASA is tracking asteroid 2020 RK2. The space rock is set on a trajectory that will collide with the Earth’s outer orbit on October 7. It is said to be “bigger than Boeing 747 jet” […]

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International Space Station to test $23 million zero-gravity toilet

US space agency, NASA to launch a new zero-gravity toilet for testing at the International Space Station (ISS) before its probable use in a future mission to the Moon. The US$ 23 million toilet, which sucks waste from the body, will be sent to the station on a cargo ship. Nasa said the toilet’s “vacuum […]

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Asteroid larger than size of the Statue of Liberty flew past Earth

An Apollo asteroid dubbed 2020 PM7 larger than the size of the Statue of Liberty flew past Earth on September 29. The asteroid is travelling at a speed of 8.32 km/s and its diameter could be anywhere between 89 metres to 200 metres which means it could have a 650 feet diameter. Although the speed […]

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International Space Station narrowly avoided a collision with space debris for the third time this year

The International Space Station (ISS) narrowly avoided a collision with space debris for the third time this year. The ISS used the thrusters of a cargo ship that was docked to the station along with NASA and Russian flight controllers working in tandem in order to avoid colliding with an unknown piece of debris, NASA […]

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NASA reveals $28 billion plan to visit the moon again in 2024

US space agency, NASA revealed plans to visit the moon once again in 2024, and estimated the cost of meeting that deadline at US$ 28 billion, US$ 16 billion of which would be spent on the lunar landing module. The US Congress will have to sign off on a bill on the financing for a […]

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NASA is on the lookout for firms who’ll mine the moon

NASA is on the lookout for firms who will take up mining operations on the moon. The space agency, wants to take steps towards building a marketplace where items from space can be sold and bought like other products. NASA says it would buy the samples companies bring back from the moon. They’d pay between […]

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Scientists blame Earth’s oxygen for the rust found on the Moon

A National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) study has blamed the Earth’s oxygen for the presence of rust on the Moon, which has been there for billions of years. Scientists have found the presence of haematite, an iron oxide mineral, at high latitudes on the moon. In these areas, the surface area as well the […]

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Asteroid twice as big as the Great Pyramid of Giza to flyby Earth

An asteroid twice as big as the Great Pyramid of Giza is expected to zoom past Earth on 6 September, NASA says. The space rock said to be between 120m and 270m wide and between 394ft and 886ft tall is called 465824 (2010 FR). Classified as a Near-Earth Object (NEO), the US space agency said […]