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How Do Gravitational Slingshots Work?

by Fraser Cain July 28, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Have you ever heard that spacecraft can speed themselves up by performing gravitational slingshot maneuvers? What’s involved to get yourself going faster across the Solar System. Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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How Big is Rosetta’s Comet?

by Jason Major July 2, 2014

Pretty darn big, I’d say. The illustration above shows the relative scale of the comet that ESA’s Rosetta and Philae spacecraft will explore “up-close and personal” later this year. And while it’s one thing to say that the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is about three by five kilometers in diameter, it’s quite another to see […]

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Support a Good Cause To Win a Trip To Space

by Jason Major June 26, 2014

Well, technically not space*, but suborbital, and that’d still be way cool! And what’s even cooler is that you can enter to win a trip on an XCOR Lynx Mark II suborbital flight while helping to support a good cause of your choice, courtesy of The Urgency Network’s “Ticket to Rise” campaign. Check out the dramatic spaceflight-packed […]

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Is NASA Dead? Not Even Close.

by Jason Major January 8, 2014

If you’re a frequent reader of Universe Today you know that, despite the end of the Shuttle program and the constant battle for a piece of the federal budget, NASA has a lot on their plate for future space exploration missions. But there are still a lot of people among the general public who think […]

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ESA’s Gaia Mission Launches to Map the Milky Way

by Jason Major December 19, 2013

Early this morning, at 09:12 UTC, the cloudy pre-dawn sky above the coastal town of Kourou, French Guiana was brilliantly sliced by the fiery exhaust of a Soyuz VS06, which ferried ESA’s “billion-star surveyor” Gaia into space to begin its five-year mission to map the Milky Way. Ten minutes after launch, after separation of the first three […]

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