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NASA spacecraft approaches asteroid, snaps first picture

1 month, 24 days ago
TAMPA: Two years after launching from Florida, a NASA spacecraft is closing in on an ancient asteroid, Bennu, for a sample of space dust that could reveal clues to the start of life in the solar system. The spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, has…

Defunct Chinese space lab plunges back to Earth over Pacific

6 months, 16 days ago
BEIJING: A defunct Chinese spacecraft named tiangong-1 , almost the size of a public bus shattered and burned to dust after hitting the Earth's atmosphere at 8-kilometers per second. Pieces of it, including unknown fuel and metal…

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn

1 year, 1 month ago
TAMPA, USA: After 20 years in space, NASA's famed Cassini spacecraft made its final death plunge into Saturn on Friday, ending a storied mission that scientists say taught us nearly everything we know about Saturn today and transformed the…

NASA releases new images of raging storm on Jupiter

1 year, 3 months ago
MIAMI: NASA on Wednesday released a series of stunning images of a raging storm on Jupiter, known as the Great Red Spot, snapped earlier this week as an unmanned probe zipped by. The US space agency's Juno spacecraft flew over the storm…

NASA probe successfully peers into Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

1 year, 3 months ago
MIAMI: A NASA spacecraft, Juno, has successfully peered into the giant storm raging on Jupiter, known as the Great Red Spot, and its first pictures should be out in days, the US space agency said Tuesday. "My latest Jupiter flyby is…

Spacecraft unveiled for first Europe mission to Mercury

1 year, 3 months ago
PARIS: European and Japanese scientists on Thursday proudly unveiled the BepiColombo spacecraft ahead of its seven-year journey to Mercury, to explore one of the Solar System's most enigmatic planets. Set for launch in 2018, BepiColombo…

NASA’s Cassini probe finds vast void between Saturn’s rings

1 year, 5 months ago
WASHINGTON: The unmanned Cassini spacecraft, after completing two passes in the vast, unexplored area between Saturn's rings has discovered not much else there, researchers at NASA said.  Scientists have been surprised to find that not…

China’s first cargo spacecraft docks with space lab

1 year, 5 months ago
BEIJING: China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, successfully completed docking with an orbiting space lab on Saturday, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center said. The Tianzhou-1 was launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in…

China’s plans launch of first cargo spacecraft in April

1 year, 8 months ago
BEIJING: China plans to launch its first cargo spacecraft in April, state media reported on Tuesday, taking a step towards its goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by 2022. President Xi Jinping has prioritised…