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    NASA chief Jim Bridenstine on Friday praised the Russian space programme and said he expected a new crew to go to the International Space Station in December despite a rocket failure. [...]
    Fri, Oct 12, 2018
    Source: Physorg space news Category: ASTRONOMY
    Six minutes of free fall, a gentle impact on the asteroid and then 11 minutes of rebounding until coming to rest. That is how, in the early hours of 3 October 2018, the journey of the MASCOT asteroid lander began on Asteroid Ryugu – a land full of wonder, mystery and challenges. Some 17 hours of scientific exploration followed this first 'stroll' on the almost 900-metre diameter asteroid. The lander was commanded and controlled from the MASCOT Control Centre at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) site in Cologne in the presence of scientific teams from Germany, France and Japan. MASCOT surpassed all expectations and performed its four experiments at several locations on the asteroid. Never before in the history of spaceflight has a Solar System body been explored in this way. It has now been possible to precisely trace MASCOT's path on Ryugu's surface on the basis of image data from the Japanese Hayabusa2 space probe and the lander's images and data. [...]
    Fri, Oct 12, 2018
    Source: Physorg space news Category: ASTRONOMY
    Japan's space agency is delaying a spacecraft touchdown on an asteroid because scientists need more time to find a safe landing site on the extremely rocky surface. [...]
    Fri, Oct 12, 2018
    Source: Physorg space news Category: ASTRONOMY
    A U.S. astronaut and his Russian crewmate arrived Friday at the Russian space center for medical checks following a failed launch that led to an emergency landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan. [...]
    Fri, Oct 12, 2018
    Source: Physorg space news Category: ASTRONOMY
    For the second time this year, the five brightest planets can be seen at the same time. You can catch them by looking towards the western sky after sunset. The planets will form a line rising up from the horizon. [...]
    Fri, Oct 12, 2018
    Source: Physorg space news Category: ASTRONOMY
    The taxi service to the orbiting International Space Station is taking no passengers until further notice. [...]
    Thu, Oct 11, 2018
    Source: Physorg space news Category: ASTRONOMY
    Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin retained an enviable sang-froid Thursday as he realised while travelling at thousands of miles an hour that his spacecraft would have to make an emergency landing. [...]
    Thu, Oct 11, 2018
    Source: Physorg space news Category: ASTRONOMY
    A Soyuz space rocket carrying a NASA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut suffered an engine problem and the crew had to make an emergency landing minutes after lift-off on Thursday. [...]
    Thu, Oct 11, 2018
    Source: Physorg space news Category: ASTRONOMY
    The aborted launch of a Soyuz rocket with US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin on Thursday was the first such accident in the history of manned launches in modern Russia. [...]
    Thu, Oct 11, 2018
    Source: Physorg space news Category: ASTRONOMY
    A team at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) has discovered a new case of galactic cannibalism in the neighbourhood of the Milky Way, which has caused the merging of two galaxies on the smallest scale so far known. [...]
    Thu, Oct 11, 2018
    Source: Physorg space news Category: ASTRONOMY
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