NASA farewells Spitzer Space Telescope with final mosaic image

The Spitzer Space Telescope was decommissioned on Jan. 30 this year, after more than 16 years in operation. Now NASA has released the observatory’s last-ever mosaic image, giving us a glimpse into how it works and revealing new features of a nebula.

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First manned SpaceX Crew Dragon flight set for May 27 liftoff

NASA has announced that the Demo-2 Crew Dragon mission will lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 27, 2020, at 4:32 pm EDT with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard.

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Star spotted with spirograph orbit around supermassive black hole

Almost 30 years of observations has revealed that a star in the center of the galaxy orbits the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* in a rosette, or spirograph shape. The find once again confirms a prediction made by Einstein’s General Relativity.

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OSIRIS-REx probe rehearses asteroid sampling from lowest altitude yet

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx unmanned probe has ticked off another key milestone on its epic journey, successfully completing a first practice run of a complex sampling sequence in close proximity to its target asteroid’s surface.

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US Space Force condemns test launch of Russian anti-satellite weapon

The United States Space Force (USSF) reports that Russia has launched a Direct Ascent Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missile. US Space Command detected and tracked the weapon capable of destroying a satellite in low Earth orbit (LEO) on April 15.

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Stunning high-res photos of the Sun reveal swirling threads of plasma

In what are described as the highest-resolution images ever taken of the Sun’s atmosphere, scientists have detected previously unsighted threads of magnetic plasma woven throughout, offering new clues as to the makeup of its active outer layers.

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Kepler data reveals most Earth-like exoplanet in size and temperature yet

A review of early data returned by NASA's Kepler mission has revealed one of the most Earth-like exoplanet discovered so far. The new planet is slightly larger than ours, is estimated to have a similar temperature, and orbits in the habitable zone.

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NASA funds concept for gigantic radio telescope on far side of Moon

NASA is exploring the potential of building an enormous radio telescope on the far side of the Moon in a huge impact crater. The telescope’s reflector would be comprised of a 1-km diameter wire mesh, pulled into place by wall-climbing robots.

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BepiColombo completes close encounter with Earth

The BepiColombo deep-space probe has successfully made its flyby of Earth on its journey to explore the planet Mercury. On April 10, the joint ESA/JAXA mission passed within 12,700 km of the Earth's surface as it carried out a slingshot maneuver.

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“Houston, we’ve had a problem”: The story of NASA’s most successful failure

This weekend marks 50 years since the launch of Apollo 13. Only seven months after Apollo 11, the third manned lunar landing attempt was already seen as routine, but it would become one of the most remarkable stories of survival in history.

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