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astronomyThe Most Spectacular Image of the Day, Science-Wise

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On January 1 New Horizons encountered the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule. Some 6.5 billion kilometers from the Sun, Ultima Thule is the most distant world ever explored by a spacecraft from Earth. This historic image, the highest resolution …

asteroidNASA New Horizons Had a Successful Flyby Mission 4 Billion Miles Away

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New Horizons’ high-resolution Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) provided the best indication of Ultima Thule’s size and shape so far. Preliminary measurements of this Kuiper Belt object suggest it is approximately 20 miles long by 10 miles wide (32 kilometers by …

asteroidsNASA New Horizons Will Flyby a 30 km Object that is 4 Billion Miles Away

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In 2014 the New Horizons team found an object that is now called Ultima Thule. It is located in the Kuiper belt in the outermost regions of the Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune. On January 1, 2019, New …

astronomyNASA Confirms Saturns Rings Will Be Gone in 100 Million Years

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New NASA research confirms that Saturn is losing its iconic rings at the maximum rate estimated from Voyager 1 & 2 observations made decades ago. The rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice …

nasaSpaceX Dragon 2 Crew Capsule Target January 17, 2019 Launch

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The SpaceX Dragon 2 Crew capsule was revealed. SpaceX is targeting crewed Dragon flight prices of $160 million, or $20 million per seat if the maximum crew of 7 is aboard, and if NASA orders at least four DragonRider flights …

materialsElon Will Use X-Plane Hot Structures to Improve Re-entry

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Elon Musk could use metal hot structures for rocket re-entry. This is a decades old concept. I do not think it has been used in flight since the early X-plane program days. There has been more lab and ground experiments …

asteroidsAsteroid 2003 SD220 is 2000 Meters Long and Will Pass Within 7 Million Miles Dec 24

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Arecibo Observatory has observed near-Earth asteroid (NEA) 2003 SD220, which will have its closest approach to Earth on December 24. Although designated as “potentially hazardous,” this asteroid will be 28 times further away than our Moon and therefore poses no …

moonInsane Waste of the Lunar Gateway

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The Lunar Gateway that NASA plans to build will end up costing about $40+ billion. It is being built to justify $60+ billion for the Space Launch System and the Orion capsule. The two together will be well over $100 …

nasaNASA may try to kill SLS around 2022 after another $16 billion is spent

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Stephen Jurczyk, NASA’s associate administrator, told Business Insider at The Economist Space Summit that NASA will think about retiring Space Launch System (SLS) if SpaceX BFR or Blue Origin New Glenn are online. This will mean another $16 billion will …

nasaSpaceX Falcon 9 block 5 certified for most important NASA missions

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is qualified to launch NASA’s most expensive and highest-priority science missions. NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) has certified the two-stage Falcon 9 as a Category 3 rocket. Falcon 9 Block 5, the rocket’s newest iteration that …