First Images Of Asteroid Bennu Obtained By The NASA OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft

After two years traveling through space, the NASA OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has started to obtain images of the mission target, primitive asteroid Bennu. As part of the Scientific Team of this mission, researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), Javier Licandro and Julia de León have already started to work in the calibration of …Read More

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Hayabusa2 Team Prepares For Asteroid Sample Collection

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA’s) Hayabusa-2 mission is on track to return samples from its target asteroid, 162173 Ryugu, a C-type Near Earth Asteroid (NEA). The past month has seen the successful deployment of two rovers and a lander. The mission focus is now on the successful retrieval and return of a surface sample. Two …Read More

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Some Planetary Systems Just Aren’t Into Heavy Metal

Small planetary systems with multiple planets are not fans of heavy metal — think iron, not Iron Maiden — according to a new Yale University study. Researchers at Yale and the Flatiron Institute have discovered that compact, multiple-planet systems are more likely to form around stars that have lower amounts of heavy elements than our …Read More

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FEFU Astrophysicist Contributed To International Team Effort On Study Of Comet 29P

Evgenij Zubko of Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) in collaboration with other international team members has developed a comprehensive model to explain the results of a photometric study of the Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 (29P) which was successfully accomplished recently. The findings came as a real surprise and revealed that the dust environment of 29P predominantly …Read More

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NASA Calls For Instruments, Technologies For Delivery To The Moon

NASA has announced a call for Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads that will fly to the Moon on commercial lunar landers as early as next year or 2020. The agency is working with U.S. industry and international partners to expand human exploration from the Moon to Mars. It all starts with robotic missions on …Read More

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Moon Express Expands Into Canada, Establishes Moon Express Canada

Moon Express, Inc. has announced the creation of Moon Express Canada to leverage Canadian space science and technology in the exploration of the Moon and its resources. The announcement follows quickly after the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Moon Express on October 3rd, enabling Canadian firms and researchers to …Read More

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Astrobotic Wins NASA Research Contract To Target Landings On Icy, Outer Planet Moons

Astrobotic has announced a program to study advanced navigation techniques that could allow the next generation of spacecraft to target landings at some of the most interesting scientific destinations in the solar system. Under a 15-month Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II-X contract managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, Astrobotic …Read More

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OSIRIS-REx Executes Second Asteroid Approach Maneuver

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft executed its second Asteroid Approach Maneuver (AAM-2) yesterday. The spacecraft’s main engine thrusters fired in a braking maneuver designed to slow the spacecraft’s speed relative to Bennu from 315 mph (141 m/sec) to 11.8 mph (5.2 m/sec). Likewise, the spacecraft’s approach speed dropped from nearly 7,580 miles (12,200 km) to 280 miles …Read More

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Draper Unveils Team For NASA’s Next Moonshot

Draper, a company with a heritage in space exploration dating to the Apollo moon landings, announced today its team for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract. Under the proposal the team will support NASA in the delivery of small rovers and instruments to meet lunar science and exploration …Read More

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Astrobotic Announces Joint Ecuadorian-Columbian Payload Partnership To The Moon

Agencia Espacial Civil Ecuatoriana (EXA), and Agencia Espacial de Colombia (AEC) announced at the 69th International Astronautical Congress their intent to sign a joint agreement with Astrobotic on October 5th to begin a lunar exploration campaign across multiple Peregrine lunar lander missions. Starting with Peregrine’s first upcoming mission to the Moon, EXA and AEC will …Read More

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