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NASA’s second mobile launcher is too heavy, years late and weighs $1 billion

Enlarge / A comparison of the initial variant of the Space Launch System rocket (left), with the upgraded variant, as well as the original and new mobile launch towers. NASA BIG Three years ago, NASA awarded a cost-plus contract to engineering firm Bechtel to design and build a large mobile launch tower. The 118-meter tower …

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NASA’s mighty new space telescope is hit by a larger-than-expected micrometeoroid

NASA’s powerful new space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, was bombarded by a larger-than-expected micrometeoroid in late May, causing detectable damage to one of the spacecraft’s 18 main mirror segments . The impact means the mission team will have to correct for the distortion created by the strike, but NASA says the telescope is …

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NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket returns to launch pad for crucial tests

NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar mission is back on the launch pad. Technicians at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida began rolling the Artemis 1 stack – one Space Launch System (SLS) topped by an Orion crew capsule – out of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at approximately 12:10 a.m. EDT (0410 GMT) Monday morning …

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DAVINCI Deep Atmosphere Probe on Venus

NASA’s DAVINCI space probe will dive into the hellish atmosphere of Venus

NASA’s DAVINCI mission will study the origin, evolution and current state of Venus in unprecedented detail from cloud tops to the planet’s surface. The mission’s goal is to help answer long-standing questions about our neighboring planet, particularly whether Venus was ever wet and habitable like Earth. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Last year, NASA …

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NASA’s DAVINCI mission will dive into the hellish atmosphere of Venus

NASA’s DAVINCI mission to Venus is scheduled to launch in 2029. A new paper details this journey to come, a daring mission that could shed new light on the scorching planet’s mysterious and potentially habitable past. Upon arriving at the second planet from the Sun, the probe will dive into Venus’ atmosphere, ingesting its gases …

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NASA’s DAVINCI mission will dive into the massive atmosphere of Venus

Credit: NASA In an article recently published in The Journal of Planetary Science, NASA scientists and engineers provide new details on the agency’s Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gas, Chemistry, and Imaging (DAVINCI) mission, which will descend through Venus’ stratified atmosphere to the surface of the planet in mid-2031. DAVINCI is the first mission …

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