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Space

Space and science coverage including asteroids, galaxies, planets, NASA and SpaceX launches.

chandra safe mode

Now there’s something wrong with NASA’s Chandra spacecraft, too

October 14th, 2018

It’s been something of a rough week for NASA. First, news broke that the legendary Hubble space telescope has been forced to enter a safe mode in order to diagnose an issue with its gyroscopes. Then, Russia’s Soyuz rocket failed on its way to the International Space Station, delaying the trip of a NASA astronaut …

hayabusa-2 delay

Japan forced to delay touchdown of asteroid probe because it’s too darn rough

October 11th, 2018

Japan’s Hayabusa-2 asteroid probe has already completed a number of scientific firsts. It successfully entered orbit around the Ryugu asteroid, deployed a pair of rovers and a sensor-packed instrument cube to send back data about the rock, and delivered the very first images snapped from the surface of an asteroid. Unfortunately, those anticipating the probe …

europa ice

Jupiter’s Europa might be a spiky, dangerous place to land a ship

October 8th, 2018

As telescope technology and other observational tools has improved over the decades we’ve learned more and more about the planets and moons in our Solar System. We’ve begun to check off the places that could have possibly harbored life, but a handful of promising destinations still remain. Jupiter’s moon Europa is one of the most …