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‘Avalanche’ Risk Higher Than Thought For Asteroid Landings: Study

by Elizabeth Howell July 5, 2013

Imagine plunking your spacecraft down on an asteroid. The gravity would be small. The surface would be uneven. The space rock might be noticeably spinning, complicating your maneuvering. Humans have done it with robotic spacecraft before. The first time was in 2001, when NASA made a stunning landing with the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft on Eros — […]

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Curiosity’s Landing Leftovers

by Jason Major March 2, 2013

During its “seven minutes of terror” landing on August 6, 2012, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory dropped quite a few things down onto the Martian surface: pieces from the cruise stage, a heat shield, a parachute, the entry capsule’s backshell, a sky crane, one carefully-placed rover (obviously) and also eight tungsten masses — weights used for […]

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Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, Dies at 82

by Jason Major August 25, 2012

Former NASA astronaut Neil A. Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930 Today we mourn the loss of a true hero and icon of a generation, if not an entire century: Neil Alden Armstrong, former NASA astronaut and first person to set foot on the Moon, has passed away due to complications […]

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The First Photo From The Moon

by Jason Major July 20, 2012

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” After speaking these historic words at 10:56 EDT on July 20, 1969, marking the moment that humanity first placed a foot on a world other than its own, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong began his work documenting the lunar surface before him. The […]

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Surprise Shuttle Landing Video!

by Jason Major April 27, 2012

Talk about the shot of a lifetime! A Canadian airline passenger waiting on the tarmac at JFK this morning got an incredible view of the shuttle Enterprise landing! Just…wow. Video by YouTube user “daujla2″. (Hat tip to the New York Post.) Jason Major on Google+

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