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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

National Geographic ‘MARS’ Offers History of Future 1st Landing on Red Planet

Humanity is still years away from landing on Mars, but the first documentary to look back at that achievement is already complete.

The six-part television docudrama “MARS,” premiering on the National Geographic Channel Monday night (Nov. 14), chronicles the first mission to the Red Planet in 2033 using footage of the crew’s activities on the surface and through “flashbacks” to 2016, when the journey to Mars began. Continue reading National Geographic ‘MARS’ Offers History of Future 1st Landing on Red Planet

Canada’s Flight Across the Solar System

When NASA’s new asteroid-sampling spacecraft makes a daring descent to Asteroid Bennu in 2020, it will be thanks in part to help from a much smaller partner — the Canadian Space Agency. The northern country (which happens to be my home) will fly a lidar altimeter on OSIRIS-REx that will be crucial to help the spacecraft arrive safely. Continue reading Canada’s Flight Across the Solar System

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

China Launches New Rocket, Prototype Crew Capsule

China successfully launched a new rocket and a prototype next-generation crew capsule Saturday (June 25) in the first-ever liftoff from the nation’s new launch center.

The Long March 7 rocket — which China developed in part to help build and service a crewed space station that the nation plans to have up and running by the early 2020s — blasted off on its maiden flight from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center at 8 a.m. EDT Saturday (1200 GMT; 8 p.m. local time), Chinese officials said. Continue reading China Launches New Rocket, Prototype Crew Capsule

NASA invests $67 million into solar electric propulsion for deep space exploration

NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne for a $67 million contract to develop an advanced Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) system for future deep-space missions.

In a press release, NASA stated that the propulsion system could be used on robotic missions to an asteroid and in other missions related to their Journey to Mars program. Continue reading NASA invests $67 million into solar electric propulsion for deep space exploration