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Russia's War in Ukraine Reveals More Problems in Space

Russia’s War in Ukraine Reveals More Problems in Space

There’s not much going for Roscosmos at this point other than the ISS—or a replacement to be called the Russian Orbital Service Station, which Borosiv claimed could be developed and launched as early as 2028. That’s an overoptimistic timeline, Samson and Dreier argue, considering it took more than 12 years for Russia to develop its …

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'Escaping Gravity' Takes a Brutally Honest Look at NASA

‘Escaping Gravity’ Takes a Brutally Honest Look at NASA

Lori Garver served as deputy administrator of NASA from 2009-2013. Her new memoir Escaping Gravityabout the struggle to get her colleagues to embrace space entrepreneurs like SpaceX and Blue Origin, paints a deeply unflattering picture of the inner workings of NASA. “I did tell an honest—some would say brutally honest—story about an agency that I …

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The James Webb Telescope's First Photos Show Its Extraordinary Power

The James Webb Telescope’s First Photos Show Its Extraordinary Power

Astronomers and space fans have been waiting years for this moment: The James Webb Space Telescope team has finally made public a handful of stunning images, a tantalizing teaser of what’s to come. NASA’s latest flagship space telescope, developed in collaboration with the European and Canadian space agencies, follows in the footsteps of Hubble, Spitzer …

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NASA's Giant SLS Rocket Is One Step Closer to Launch

NASA’s Giant SLS Rocket Is One Step Closer to Launch

NASA engineers finally tanked the massive Space Launch System rocket with fuel Monday night, getting through most of the last crucial test before its inaugural flight. After reviewing their trove of data from the test, the team will decide this summer’s launch date for the world’s most powerful rocket, part of the first major mission …

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NASA's Plan to Get Ingenuity Through the Martian Winter

NASA’s Plan to Get Ingenuity Through the Martian Winter

Ingenuity, NASA’s autonomous Mars helicopter, was only meant to complete five flights. But since its history-making first flight in April 2021, the helicopter has flown 28 times, and preparation is underway for the 29th. Depending on dust levels and the schedule of the Perseverance rover, that flight could take place as soon as later this …

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Boeing Is Ready to Launch Starliner, a Rival to SpaceX's Dragon

Boeing Is Ready to Launch Starliner, a Rival to SpaceX’s Dragon

The first passenger to fly aboard Boeing’s Starliner will be Rosie the Rocketeer, a mannequin set to blast off to the International Space Station aboard the capsule on Thursday evening. If she makes the trip safely, NASA astronauts will be cleared for future flights on the new spacecraft. A successful uncrewed demonstration will make Boeing …

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With Dusty Solar Panels, InSight's Days on Mars Are Numbered

With Dusty Solar Panels, InSight’s Days on Mars Are Numbered

While InSight’s pair of solar panels, each one shaped like a decagonal (10-sided) pie, efficiently provide solar power to the lander, dust has always been its Achilles’ heel. While dust storms come by frequently—though not as intensely as portrayed in The Martian—they emerge more often during the summer, says Raymond Arvidson, a planetary scientist at …

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NASA's Psyche Spacecraft Heads to Cape Canaveral

NASA’s Psyche Spacecraft Heads to Cape Canaveral

In 2011, Lindy Elkins-Tanton and a couple of colleagues wrote a paper exploring ideas about how tiny would-be planets called planetesimals might have formed billions of years ago, and speculated about whether their remnants might still orbit in the asteroid belt. Afterwards, officials at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California approached her. “Would you …

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