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NASA’s Mars 2020 rover just got shiny new feet

June 21st, 2019

A rover without its wheels can’t do much roving at all, so the recent addition of fancy new wheels to the Mars 2020 rover is pretty exciting for NASA and space observers around the world. In a new blog post, NASA shows off some awesome photos of the wheels that were just affixed to the …

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NASA’s Spitzer telescope refuses to die

June 13th, 2019

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is finally nearing the end of an absolutely incredible journey. The spacecraft has been peering deep into space for well over a decade and a half, and it’s outlived its original planned mission timeline by over 11 years. In that time, it’s made some incredible discoveries and offered scientists new insights …

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NASA teases completed Mars 2020 spacecraft

May 20th, 2019

NASA’s Curiosity rover, InSight lander, and Reconnaissance Orbiter are all doing remarkable work on and around the Red Planet, but that’s not stopping scientists from pushing ahead with plans to send yet another piece of high-tech hardware to the Martian surface. The Mars 2020 mission will send another rover to Mars, and with just over …

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NASA wants to help you develop cool new space tech

March 20th, 2019

It’s been decades since NASA and its government contractors handled everything in-house, but the recent push by the agency to bring private companies into the fold is truly unprecedented. NASA’s agreements with companies like SpaceX make it clear that the group is ready and willing to pay others to develop its hardware, and a new …

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NASA’s Voyager 2 is about to break out of the Solar System

October 8th, 2018

NASA’s Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft have been cruising through space since 1977. For the past forty years or so they’ve been speeding along at a clip of over 30,000 miles per hour, and while Voyager 1 has been in what is considered interstellar space — that is, outside the Solar System — for …

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory won an Emmy for Cassini’s grand finale

September 11th, 2018

When NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made its fateful dive into Saturn’s atmosphere roughly a year ago it was a historic moment for astronomy and a bittersweet moment for anyone who had been following the mission from its start. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was instrumental in the coverage of Cassini’s epic grand finale, which saw the probe …