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State of the Solar System infographic

Here's an excellent infographic that details NASA's current Solar System (and beyond!) spacecraft missions. It lists every craft NASA out exploring various bodies and their current status.

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New Horizons Awakens

December 6, 2014 by
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If everything has gone according to its meticulous plan, by the time you are reading this NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will have awoken from its electronic hibernation for the last time and begun its careful preparations to encounter Pluto in July of 2015. Maybe I should back up for those that aren’t familiar with...

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Awakening

December 1, 2014 by
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A week to go until @NASANewHorizons wakes from hibernation. Pluto awaits! But that's not all that will reawaken on December 6th.

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Footballers and Astronauts

December 18, 2013 by
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What do professional (American) football players and astronauts have in common? Their “office” is about the same size:   (Image credit: NASA¬†/ Click for larger version)   They both require intensive training and the use of helmets too.

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Alien Footprints

December 18, 2013 by
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Ever wondered about the track’s humanity has left on other worlds? If so, you’ll probably appreciate this infographic from Karl Tate and Space.com. Source Space.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration It’s a fairly intuitive image, so there’s not a lot I need to say. I’m jealous of the miles of...

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ChemCam view of unknown object

The latest Curiosity status report indicates that the mysterious shiny object next to the rover “appears to be a shred of plastic material, likely benign, but it has not been definitively identified.” To proceed cautiously, the team is continuing the investigation for another day before deciding whether to resume processing of the sample in...

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ChemCam view of unknown object

The Curiosity rover spotted something curious on the Martian sands today. What might it be? I speculate, then offer my advice on how NASA should proceed.

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SpaceX CRS-1 Update

October 8, 2012 by
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As I mentioned yesterday, the private corporation SpaceX successfully launched its Dragon capsule en route to the International Space Station, on the first Commercial Resupply Services contract ever. I watched the video live and didn’t immediately notice any issues but, come to find out, the Falcon launch vehicle lost one of its engines on...

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Or, “This time, for real”. Back in May, SpaceX launched it’s Dragon capsule on top of their Falcon 9 rocket, on an intercept course with the International Space Station. This was a test to prove that SpaceX could take over the resupply of the ISS, as space becomes a commercial frontier. The test went...

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