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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Is About to TAG an Asteroid: 10 Things to Know About Bennu – SciTechDaily

NASA’s first mission to return a sample from an ancient asteroid arrived at its target, the asteroid Bennu, on December 3, 2018. This mission, the Origins, Spec…

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This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on December 2, 2018, by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km). Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
NASA’s first mission to return a sample from an ancient asteroid arrived at its target, the asteroid Bennu, on December 3, 2018. This mission, the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, is a seven-year long voyage set to conclude …

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First Habitable-Zone, Earth-Sized Exoplanet Discovered With Planet-Hunter TESS – SciTechDaily

TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, was launched in 2018 with the goal of discovering small planets around the Sun’s nearest neighbors, stars bright…

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TOI 700, a planetary system 100 light-years away in the constellation Dorado, is home to TOI 700 d, the first Earth-size habitable-zone planet discovered by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, was launched in 2018 with the goal of discovering small planets around the Sun’s nearest neighbors, stars bright enough to allow for follow-up characterizations of their planets’ masses and atmospheres. TESS…

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NASA ‘exciting new’ moon discovery: Start time, how to listen in – CNET

The space agency will unveil a new Moon-related find.

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A brilliant full moon rises at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2017.
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Buckle up for “an exciting new discovery about the moon.” NASA teased an upcoming teleconference to share results from its Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (Sofia), an airplane equipped with a telescope. “This new discovery contributes to NASA’s efforts to learn about the moon in support of deep space exploration,” the agency said in a statement Wednesday.  
NASA isn’t dropping many details…

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SpaceX Starship Passes Static Fire Test With Three Raptor Engines, Finally Gets Nose Cone! – Universe Today

The Starship is coming together, literally and figuratively! With its three Raptor engines test fired, and nosecones and fins attached, the vessel is ready for…

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It’s beginning to look like SpaceX will attempt to make the 15 km (9.3 mi) hop test before Christmas! After two successful 150 m (~500 ft) hops with the SN5 and SN6 prototypes, engineers at SpaceX’s Boca Chica launch facility in South Texas rolled out the SN8 – the first Starship prototype to have three Raptor engines. But before the SN8 can conduct a high-altitude test flight, the engineers needed to run a static fire test.
This test is crucial to ensuring that the Starship‘s interior plumbing…

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