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NASA probe touches down on asteroid Bennu in historic mission

MIAMI (AFP): After a four-year journey, NASA’s robotic spacecraft Osiris-Rex briefly touched down on asteroid Bennu’s boulder-strewn surface to collect rock and dust samples in a precision operation 200 million miles (330 million kilometers) from Earth. The so-called “Touch-And-Go” or

NASA plans for Moon return to cost $28 billion

MIAMI: NASA has revealed its latest plan to return astronauts to the Moon in 2024 and estimated the cost at $28 billion. US Congress will have to sign off on the financing for a project that has been set by

SUV-sized asteroid becomes closest to pass Earth: NASA

WASHINGTON: The Earth avoided a doomsday after an asteroid the size of an SUV passed 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) above it making it the closest asteroid ever observed passing by our planet. The asteroid named 2020 QG would likely not

Astronauts on SpaceX craft depart ISS for Earth

WASHINGTON: The two astronauts on board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft at the International Space Station have begun their journey back to Earth. NASA footage showed the capsule drifting slowly away from the ISS in the darkness of space, ending

NASA astronauts reach space station in milestone mission

MIAMI: NASA astronauts entered the International Space Station on Sunday after a landmark 19-hour journey on the first crewed US spacecraft in nearly a decade. The arrival completed the first leg of the trip, designed to test the capabilities of

SpaceX successfully launches NASA astronauts into orbit

MIAMI: SpaceX became the first commercial company to launch a rocket carrying humans into orbit after two veteran NASA astronauts were headed for the International Space Station, ushering in a new era in space travel. SpaceX’s two-stage Falcon 9 rocket

NASA, SpaceX ready to launch astronauts into space

WASHINGTON: This week, astronauts will take off from American soil for the first time since 2011, riding aboard a SpaceX capsule in a historic test flight to the International Space Station. As per details, On May 27 at 4:33 pm

Tom Cruise to film aboard International Space Station

LOS ANGELES: Tom Cruise is partnering with NASA to shoot a movie, at least in part, aboard the International Space Station, making it the action film to be shot in space. The head of NASA confirmed that the space agency

Hubble captures disintegration of comet

HONOLULU: The Hubble Space Telescope has released images providing astronomers with the sharpest view yet of the breakup of a comet. The comet was discovered on Dec. 29, 2019, by the ATLAS (Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System) robotic astronomical survey

Solar probe embarks on mission to map sun’s polar regions

WASHINGTON: A new probe built by NASA and the European Space Agency set off on a blazing hot journey to the sun to take the first close-up look at the star’s polar regions, a mission expected to yield insight into

NASA new space mission will take first peek at Sun’s poles

MIAMI: A new spacecraft is journeying to the Sun to snap the first pictures of the Sun’s north and south poles. Solar Orbiter, a collaboration between the European Space Agency and NASA, will launch from Cape Canaveral on February 7,

NASA satellite finds India’s crashed Vikram moon lander

MIAMI: A NASA satellite orbiting the moon has found India’s Vikram lander, which crashed on the lunar surface in September, the US space agency said on Monday. NASA released an image taken by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that showed

NASA reveals its first all-electric airplane ‘Maxwell’

CALIFORNIA: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has revealed an early version of its all-electric airplane, the X-57 ‘Maxwell’. Adapted from an Italian-made Tecnam P2006T twin-engine propeller plane, the X-57 ‘Maxwell’ has been under development since 2015 and remains

NASA’s VIPER to hunt water on Moon by 2022

WASHINGTON: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has planned to send a golf cart-sized robot named VIPER to the moon in 2022 to search for deposits of water below the surface. It is an effort by NASA to assess

NASA schedules all-female spacewalk for today

NEW YORK: The tour to international space conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s two women astronauts is scheduled to happen on Friday. The astronauts, Christina Koch and Anne McClain, will go on a mission that would last

NASA unveils flexible, one-size-fits-all space suits

MIAMI: Bye bye to bunny hops: when US astronauts next touch down on the Moon, expect them to walk almost as they do on Earth, thanks to a new generation of spacesuits offering key advantages over those of the Apollo-era.