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Antares Rocket Engine Suffers Significant Failure During Testing

by Ken Kremer May 23, 2014

A Russian built rocket engine planned for future use in the first stage of Orbital Sciences Corp. commercial Antares rocket launching to the International Space Station failed during pre-launch acceptance testing on Thursday afternoon, May 22, at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. “There was a test failure at Stennis yesterday afternoon (May 22),” Orbital […]

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NASA Lunar Orbiter snaps Spectacular Images of Yutu Moon Rover driving around Chang’e-3 Lander

by Ken Kremer March 7, 2014

The powerful telescopic camera aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has captured spectacular new images detailing the traverse of China’s Yutu moon rover around the landing site during its first two months exploring the Moon’s pockmarked grey terrain. The newly released high resolution LRO images even show Yutu’s tracks cutting into the lunar surface as […]

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China’s Yutu Moon Rover Alive and Awake for 3rd Lunar Day of Exploration despite Malfunction

by Ken Kremer February 13, 2014

Yutu Lives! The little ‘rabbit’ beloved worldwide has now phoned home and actually survived the perils of the long lunar night and is alive and awake to start a 3rd day of scientific exploration despite suffering a serious malfunction as it entered the latest hibernation period two weeks ago. “Yutu has come back to life!” […]

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Yutu Flexes Robot Arm then Enters Hibernation During Long Lunar Night

by Ken Kremer December 28, 2013

As night fell on the Earth’s Moon, China’s Yutu rover and mothership lander have both entered a state of hibernation determined to survive the frigidly harsh lunar night upon the magnificently desolate gray plains. Yutu went to sleep at 5:23 a.m. Dec. 26, Beijing time, upon a command sent by mission control at the Beijing […]

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Yutu Moon Rover Sets Sail for Breathtaking New Adventures

by Ken Kremer December 23, 2013

China’s now famous ‘Yutu’ moon rover has set sail for what promises to be breathtaking new adventures on Earth’s nearest neighbor, after completing a final joint portrait session with the Chang’e-3 lander that safely deposited her on the lunar surface only a week ago. Yutu’s upcoming journey marks humanity’s first lunar surface visit in nearly […]

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