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Russian space agency plans German X-ray telescope Space-Jack

A view of the eROSITA X-ray telescope before final packaging in its carbon fiber structure. Photo: MPE The Russian space agency has announced plans to unilaterally take control of a German telescope mounted on a Russian-built spacecraft. It’s a terrible, irresponsible idea, like even Russian scientists will admit. The German developer of the eROSITA telescope, …

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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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Boeing’s Starliner has landed, but questions remain after flawed mission

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft has landed safely at Space Harbor’s White Sands Missile Range.Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls Boeing’s Starliner landed successfully on the sandy desert surface of New Mexico yesterday, marking the completion of the spacecraft’s first uncrewed end-to-end test. It was a perfect landing, but the six-day mission was not without its problems. the CST-100 Starliner …

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NASA is moving forward with the wild solar sail concept

Artist’s impression of the diffractive light veil. The rainbow-like patterns are said to be similar to how CDs show similar patterns when held under a light. Drawing: mackenzi martin A project to develop diffractive solar sails has moved into the third and final phase of NASA’s Advanced Concepts Program. The team behind the project now …

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These videos of a space probe flying past the sun are truly out of this world

A spacecraft looping around the Sun made its first close approach – and captured the encounter in glorious detail. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) solar orbiter entered the close encounter, known as perihelion, on March 26, at a distance of about 48 million kilometers (30 million miles), at the inside the orbit of Mercury. At …

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