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NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft resumes operations after near-death experience

MAVEN was launched in November 2013 and entered orbit around Mars in September 2014.Drawing: Nasa NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft has been out of service for most of the year, but thanks to a very clever hack, the probe is now using the stars to navigate its way around the planet red. …

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A Race Against Time: Rapid Engineering Saves NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is the first Mars orbiter specifically designed to study the planet’s upper atmosphere and its interaction with the solar wind. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft resumes science and operations, exits safe mode After three months in safe mode,[{” attribute=””>NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft has finally …

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NASA’s Mars MAVEN spacecraft spent 3 months on the brink of disaster

A daunting three-hour presentation to NASA management on the future of the MAVEN Mars orbiter was supposed to be the biggest challenge for the mission team earlier this year. But just as the presentation was going smoothly on Earth, the spacecraft itself was in serious trouble millions of miles away. As she finished leading the …

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Here’s what happened while Boeing’s ‘biting’ spacecraft docked

The mission kicked off Thursday night with a launch in Florida, and the Starliner — which is designed to carry astronauts but is flying without anyone for this test — docked with the ISS Friday night at 8:28 p.m. ET. JThe docking took place about an hour later than scheduled as ground crews ironed out …

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Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft docks with the International Space Station for the first time

Boeing’s Starliner capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Friday evening (May 20), marking a major milestone for the aerospace giant and its quest to fly NASA astronauts to and from orbit. Starliner took off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Thursday evening (May 19), launching a crucial uncrewed mission to …

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