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Japan Sends Space Junk Collector to the International Space Station

Japan launched a cargo ship Friday bound for the International Space Station, carrying a ‘space junk’ collector that was made with the help of a fishnet company.

The vessel, dubbed “Kounotori” (stork in Japanese), blasted off from the southern island of Tanegashima just before 10:27 pm local time (1327 GMT) attached to an H-IIB rocket. Continue reading Japan Sends Space Junk Collector to the International Space Station

NASA’s Bold Asteroid Sampling Mission Launches

The US space agency’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Thursday (Sept. 8) at 7:05 p.m. EDT (2305 GMT), riding a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket into an evening sky suffused with golden light.

“Liftoff for OSIRIS-Rex, its seven-year mission to boldly go to the asteroid Bennu and back,” NASA spokesman Mike Curie said during a live launch broadcast in an apparent nod to “Star Trek,” which celebrated its 50th anniversary on Thursday. Continue reading NASA’s Bold Asteroid Sampling Mission Launches

NASA Is Ready to Start Building Its Life-Hunting 2020 Mars Rover

NASA’s life-hunting 2020 Mars rover has cleared an extensive review process and is now ready to begin the final design and construction phase, agency officials announced July 15.

If all goes according to plan, the six-wheeled robot will blast off in August 2020, touch down in February 2021 in a yet-to-be-determined spot, and then explore the Martian surface for at least two years, mission team members said. Continue reading NASA Is Ready to Start Building Its Life-Hunting 2020 Mars Rover

Spacecraft Spots Earth, Mars and Pluto’s Position in Time-Lapse Sequence

An incredible new time-lapse video shows Earth, Mars and the location of Pluto using images from NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory Ahead (STEREO-A) spacecraft, with the Milky Way as a vivid background. The spacecraft, whose primary mission is to monitor solar activity, was on the far side of the sun when the pictures were taken earlier this month. Continue reading Spacecraft Spots Earth, Mars and Pluto’s Position in Time-Lapse Sequence

Japan is Tracking Tumbling and Damaged Satellite

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is struggling to understand exactly what went wrong with its brand-new astronomy satellite, Hitomi, which suffered some sort of malfunction over the weekend and is apparently tumbling in space, according to a video captured by an amateur astronomer. Continue reading Japan is Tracking Tumbling and Damaged Satellite