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2029 Will be the Perfect Year to Launch a Mission to Sedna

Object 90377 Sedna - a distant trans-Neptunian object known best for its highly elliptical, 11,390-year long orbit - is currently…

6 months ago

Two Spacecraft are Flying Past Venus, Just 33 Hours Apart

When Longfellow wrote about “ships passing in the night” back in 1863, he probably wasn’t thinking about satellites passing near…

11 months ago

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Captures Lovely Blue Marble during Gravity Assist Swing-by to Asteroid Bennu

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission captured a lovely ‘Blue Marble’ image of our Home Planet during…

5 years ago

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sampler Slingshots Around Earth Friday, Sept. 22 – Catch It If You Can!

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - Barely a year after NASA’s OSIRIS-REx robotic asteroid sampler launched on a trailblazing mission to…

5 years ago

How Do Gravitational Slingshots Work?

Have you ever heard that spacecraft can speed themselves up by performing gravitational slingshot maneuvers? What's involved to get yourself…

8 years ago

How Can We Move the Earth?

Sooner or later we're going to want to move the Earth further away from the Sun. It turns out, there…

8 years ago

Mariner 10: Best Venus Image and 1st Ever Planetary Gravity Assist – 40 Years Ago Today

Exactly 40 Years ago today on Feb. 5, 1974, Mariner 10, accomplished a history making and groundbreaking feat when the…

8 years ago

Jupiter Bound Juno snaps Dazzling Gallery of Planet Earth Portraits

Juno Portrait of Earth This false color composite shows more than half of Earth’s disk over the coast of Argentina…

9 years ago