With sights set on the moon, Israel to launch privately funded spacecraft Friday – The Times of Israel

With sights set on the moon, Israel to launch privately funded spacecraft Friday  The Times of Israel

Beresheet set to touch down in the Sea of Tranquility on April 11; $100 million project, paid for mostly by Jewish donors, would make Israel 4th country to land a …

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Spacecraft Captures Awesome Shot of Earth From 70M Miles Away – Newser

  1. Spacecraft Captures Awesome Shot of Earth From 70M Miles Away  Newser
  2. Asteroid-circling spacecraft grabs cool snapshot of home  The Associated Press
  3. Zoom! Asteroid Bennu Slips Past in OSIRIS-REx Flyby View  Space.com
  4. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft orbited an asteroid and broke some records in the process  Global1 News Network
  5. A long way from home: NASA spacecraft grabs stunning snapshot of Earth from 70 MILLION miles away  Daily Mail
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Chinese spacecraft makes first landing on moon's far side – Fox News

  1. Chinese spacecraft makes first landing on moon’s far side  Fox News
  2. Chinese spacecraft lands on moon’s far side  The Associated Press
  3. China’s Chang’e 4 makes historic first landing on the moon’s far side  CNET
  4. China’s Moon Landing: ‘New Chapter in Humanity’s Exploration of the Moon’  The New York Times
  5. News Daily: China’s Moon landing and UK firms struggling to recruit staff  BBC News
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China successfully lands spacecraft on far side of moon, state media says – Fox News

  1. China successfully lands spacecraft on far side of moon, state media says  Fox News
  2. China Lands Spacecraft on Far Side of Moon  The New York Times
  3. China’s Chang’e 4 makes historic first landing on the moon’s far side  CNET
  4. China lunar rover successfully touches down on far side of the moon, state media announces  CNN
  5. The Far Side of the Moon: What China and the World Hope to Find  The New York Times
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China is about to land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon – MIT Technology Review

  1. China is about to land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon  MIT Technology Review
  2. ‘Super blood wolf moon’ kicks off super year for eclipses  CNET
  3. The hour-by-hour phases of the Moon for all of 2019  SYFY WIRE
  4. What is a Super Blood Wolf Moon, and when can you see it?  Allentown Morning Call
  5. Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ will happen in January  WXYZ
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How to watch as NASA sends a spacecraft past a rock at the edge of the Solar System – The Verge

  1. How to watch as NASA sends a spacecraft past a rock at the edge of the Solar System  The Verge
  2. Nasa’s New Horizons: Excitement ahead of Ultima Thule flyby  BBC News
  3. NASA has a New Year’s date with a distant space rock. Here’s how to watch.  Washington Post
  4. A Journey Into the Solar System’s Outer Reaches, Seeking New Worlds to Explore  The New York Times
  5. A New Year’s space voyage to the end of the world  Financial Times
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft heads for New Year's encounter with distant world – Spaceflight Now

  1. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft heads for New Year’s encounter with distant world  Spaceflight Now
  2. NASA’s Close Encounter With Mysterious Space Object Will Make History On New Year’s Day  HuffPost
  3. NASA mission plans New Year’s flyby of object 4 billion miles away  CNN
  4. NASA’s New Horizons Ready for Historic Flyby of Ultima Thule in the Kuiper Belt  Space.com
  5. Ring in the new year with exploration of new world  The Associated Press
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Russian cosmonauts are spacewalking to figure out the origin of a mysterious spacecraft hole – The Verge

  1. Russian cosmonauts are spacewalking to figure out the origin of a mysterious spacecraft hole  The Verge
  2. Russian Spacewalk Outside Of The International Space Station | LIVE | TIME  TIME
  3. Space station crew to inspect mysterious hole on 6-hour spacewalk  New York Post
  4. Watch Russian Cosmonauts Inspect Mysterious ISS Hole in ‘Unprecedented’ Spacewalk  Gizmodo
  5. Russians Prepare for Spacewalk, Aiming to Solve a Space Station Mystery  The New York Times
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NASA Spacecraft Spots Signal of Water on Asteroid Bennu – Gizmodo

  1. NASA Spacecraft Spots Signal of Water on Asteroid Bennu  Gizmodo
  2. OSIRIS-REx finds water on asteroid  CNN
  3. OSIRIS-REx spacecraft already found water on its target asteroid  Engadget
  4. 3D Shape Model of Asteroid Bennu  NASA Video
  5. A NASA Probe Just Found Evidence of Water on a Distant Asteroid  Futurism
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NASA's Asteroid-Sampling Spacecraft Has Arrived at Its Target – Gizmodo

  1. NASA’s Asteroid-Sampling Spacecraft Has Arrived at Its Target  Gizmodo
  2. Arriving at Asteroid Bennu  NASA Goddard
  3. NASA Arrives at Bennu Today, But Exactly Where Is That Asteroid?  Space.com
  4. Safely there: University of Arizona-led OSIRIS-REx arrives at asteroid Bennu  Arizona Daily Star
  5. How and Why Is NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Visiting Asteroid Bennu?  NASA
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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has arrived at the asteroid Bennu – Engadget

  1. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has arrived at the asteroid Bennu  Engadget
  2. Arriving at Asteroid Bennu  NASA Goddard
  3. NASA Arrives at Bennu Today, But Exactly Where Is That Asteroid?  Space.com
  4. NASA spacecraft meets with asteroid  CNN
  5. Safely there: University of Arizona-led OSIRIS-REx arrives at asteroid Bennu  Arizona Daily Star
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NASA spacecraft meets with asteroid today – CNN

  1. NASA spacecraft meets with asteroid today  CNN
  2. Astronaut says a neglected telescope is NASA’s best chance of defending Earth from ‘city killer’ asteroids — ‘for God’s sake, fund it’  Business Insider
  3. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to arrive on Asteroid Bennu | #GME  euronews (in English)
  4. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to arrive at asteroid Bennu after long journey  NBC News
  5. NASA asteroid WARNING: Giant 121 foot space rock barreling to Earth TOMORROW  Express.co.uk
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What it was like to ‘watch’ NASA’s InSight land on Mars with the people who operate the spacecraft – The Verge

  1. What it was like to ‘watch’ NASA’s InSight land on Mars with the people who operate the spacecraft  The Verge
  2. Try Landing InSight on Mars (Without Exploding)  WIRED
  3. NASA engineers celebrated InSight landing with NFL handshake  Sports Illustrated
  4. This Mars Landing Touchdown Dance by NASA InSight Engineers Is Absolutely EPIC!  Space.com
  5. NASA releases 1st clear image from InSight probe’s mission to Mars (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)  RT
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Elon Musk tweets new images of SpaceX's forthcoming BFR spacecraft

Elon Musk tweets new images of SpaceX's forthcoming BFR spacecraftThat’s one big effing rocket. With the imminent reveal of the mystery passenger who will be flying around the moon in SpaceX’s forthcoming BFR, Elon Musk tweeted two new renders of the spacecraft. SEE ALSO: SpaceX books its first passenger to fly around the moon The 106 metre (347 feet) long ship was first announced last year, and Musk said the ship will contain up to 40 cabins which will have enough space for 100 people.  BFR’s booster will be powered by 31 Raptor engines, while the ship itself will have 7 Raptor engines, which appear to be arranged like a honeycomb. pic.twitter.com/dUpiavvM1Z — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2018 pic.twitter.com/d1KEp44zjm — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2018 In another tweet, Musk confirmed a forward-moving wing near the nose that appears to retract or expand when required. Forward moving wing — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 17, 2018 You might’ve already spotted SpaceX’s new render of the BFR ship, when the company announced that it had signed a passenger to fly around the moon on Thursday. Musk hinted it might be a Japanese passenger, prompting Twitter to throw out names of very rich people like entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa and legendary video game designer Hideo Kojima. SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle—an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space. Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, September 17. pic.twitter.com/64z4rygYhk — SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 14, 2018 SpaceX will reveal the identity of the passenger on Monday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. PT via webcast.  Is it you? WATCH: Someone designed a toiletry kit you actually will want to use


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NASA spacecraft captures first images of the asteroid it will soon land on

NASA spacecraft captures first images of the asteroid it will soon land onA NASA probe speeding through the solar system has captured its first image of the asteroid Bennu, which the space agency will try to land on in 2020. Once that happens, the spacecraft OSIRIS-REx is designed to collect up to 4.4 pounds of ancient space rock, seal the minerals in a capsule, and blast the capsule back to Earth. If all goes as planned, the canister will drop down into the Utah desert in 2023.  SEE ALSO: A 12-mile, underground lake may have been found on Mars. What could live there? The space probe captured its first image of Bennu from 1.4 million miles away, which is pretty close as far as space distances go (this is about six times the distance between the Earth and moon). But as shown below, the asteroid is still too distant to make out any features or details. It looks like a fuzzy, spinning white dot. Asteroid Bennu speeds through space.Image: nasaIn early December, the probe will begin to orbit quite close to the small asteroid, 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) from the surface. As the craft slowly circles Bennu at just 0.1 mph, NASA scientists will map its rocky surface, scouring the terrain for a suitable landing spot Why is NASA visiting this small asteroid? Compared to many of the 780,000 known asteroids in our solar system, Bennu is pretty small. But it’s quite interesting.  For one, Bennu might contain valuable resources that can be used for future deep space exploration, Dante Lauretta, the OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona, Tucson, said in a press call.  A conception of the probe collecting samples from BennuImage: nasaLauretta is interested in whether Bennu holds clay deposits, because embedded in clay is water. And water is composed of hydrogen and oxygen, two necessary components for rocket fuel.  One day, perhaps, Bennu may serve as a “fuel depot” in space, said Lauretta. Bennu is also believed to be a well-preserved, ancient asteroid, containing cosmic fragments older than our solar system. Understanding how Bennu formed, and the mish-mash of space materials it’s made of, will likely improve astronomers’ understanding of how the solar system came to be some four billion years ago. Bennu, at center, compared in size to other solar system asteroidsImage: nasaFinally, Bennu has the slight potential to travel dangerously close to Earth in 2175 and 2195.  “Bennu is one of the ones we are watching,” said Lauretta, noting that it has a 1 in 2,700 chance of coming too close for comfort.  Knowing what Bennu is composed of gives NASA better information about how to potentially deflect the large space rock, should it ever veer toward our humble blue planet.  WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?


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NASA spacecraft approaches asteroid, snaps first pic

NASA spacecraft  approaches asteroid, snaps first picTwo years after launching from Florida, a NASA spacecraft is closing in on an ancient asteroid, Bennu, for a sample of space dust that could reveal clues to the start of life in the solar system. The spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, has even snapped its first, blurry pic of the cosmic body, which is about the size of a small mountain, about 500 yards (meters) in diameter. The spacecraft is designed to circle Bennu, and reach out with a robotic arm to “high-five” its surface, then return the sample it collects to Earth in 2023.


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Parker Solar Probe: Spacecraft that will ‘touch the sun’ is successfully launched

Parker Solar Probe: Spacecraft that will ‘touch the sun’ is successfully launchedNasa’s much-anticipated Parker Solar Probe – a spacecraft which it is said will “touch” the sun – has been launched from Cape Canaveral. Within two minutes of take-off, Nasa’s ground control were able to confirm its trajectory and flight “looked good”. Over the next seven years, Parker will fly directly through the sun’s roasting hot outer atmosphere in a bid to unlock some of the solar system’s greatest secrets.


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