spacecraft

Flying to (Hypothetical) Planet 9: Why visit it, how could we get there, and would it surprise us like Pluto?

In a recent study submitted to Earth and Planetary Astrophysics, an international team of researchers discuss the various mission design…

5 months ago

Two Spacecraft Could Work Together to Capture an Asteroid and Bring it Close to Earth for Mining

Humanity seems destined to expand into the Solar System. What exactly that looks like, and how difficult and tumultuous the…

7 months ago

BepiColombo Meets Mercury for the First Time on October 1

BepiColombo made a quick visit to Venus in August and is on to its next rendezvous. On October 1st it'll…

1 year ago

NASA has Approved a Space Telescope That Will Scan the Skies for Dangerous Near-Earth Asteroids

A lot of the threats humanity faces come from ourselves. If we were listing them, we'd include tribalism, greed, and…

2 years ago

Here are the First Pictures from CHEOPS

The CHEOPS spacecraft is taking the first tentative steps in its mission. Back on January 29th, the spacecraft opened the…

3 years ago

Voyager 2 Went Into Fault Protection Mode, But Engineers Brought it Back Online

NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft went into fault protection mode on Tuesday January 28th. The fault protection routines automatically protect the…

3 years ago

CHEOPS Just Opened Its Eyes to Start Studying Known Exoplanets, We Should See the First Picture in a Few Weeks

The CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite) spacecraft just opened the cover on its telescope. The spacecraft was launched on December 18th 2019 and…

3 years ago

Micrometeorite Damage Under the Microscope

A new study by a team from MIT has shed light on the physical processes that take place when tiny…

4 years ago

How Fast is Mach One?

While we tend to think of Mach One as being the speed it takes to break the sound barrier, its…

6 years ago

Is Time To Go Back to Uranus and Neptune? Revisiting Ice Giants of the Solar System

We’ve only seen Uranus and Neptune one time up close. There are now some mission ideas in the works that…

6 years ago