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Success! NASA’s tiny CAPSTONE probe arrives at the moon

A tiny NASA spacecraft’s historic trek to the moon is over. The 55-pound (25 kilograms) CAPSTONE probe slipped into orbit around the moon on Sunday evening (Nov. 13), becoming the first cubesat ever to visit Earth’s nearest neighbor. The milestone came after a successful engine burn that ended at 7:39 pm EST (0039 GMT on …

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A Space Probe Brushed Past a Martian Moon to Take a Peek Inside

A Space Probe Brushed Past a Martian Moon to Take a Peek Inside

The long-standing mystery about the origin of the Martian moons could be a step closer to being solved. A space probe has come within dozens of kilometers of the larger of the two satellite siblings to capture data about what lies beneath its scored and cratered surface. “Whether Mars’ two small moons are captured asteroids …

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NASA's Asteroid Probe Captures Haunting Images of the Earth and Moon

NASA’s Asteroid Probe Captures Haunting Images of the Earth and Moon

The Lucy spacecraft captured this image of Earth on October 15. Image: NASA NASA’s Lucy spacecraft got its first view of the Earth-Moon system one year after launching from its home planet to explore a distant swarm of asteroids. The spacecraft captured beautiful, and somewhat daunting, images of Earth and its natural satellite as it …

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Exclusive: Tesla faces US criminal probe over self-driving claims

Exclusive: Tesla faces US criminal probe over self-driving claims

Oct 25 – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) is under criminal investigation in the United States over claims that the company’s electric vehicles can drive themselves, three people familiar with the matter said. The US Department of Justice launched the previously undisclosed probe last year following more than a dozen crashes, some of them fatal, involving Tesla’s …

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Physicists probe 'astonishing' morphing properties of honeycomb-like material

Physicists probe ‘astonishing’ morphing properties of honeycomb-like material

By exposing a honeycomb-like material with a specific kind of magnetic field, yellow arrow, researchers can create order among the loop currents, light blue, within that material. Electrons, in green, can then pass through the material much more easily. Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory A series of buzzing, bee-like “loop-currents” could explain a recently discovered, …

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Musgrove survives umpire’s ear probe as Padres dump Mets out of MLB playoffs

Joe Musgrove brushed off chants of “Cheater!” after a bizarre spot check by umpires on the mound, pitching his hometown San Diego Padres into the next round of the playoffs on Sunday night with seven innings of one-hit ball in a 6-0 victory over the New York Mets. The umpires checked the pitcher for illegal …

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Asteroid-smash aftermath: Why Europe is sending a probe to DART-battered Dimorphos

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Hera mission will arrive at the binary asteroid system Didymos more than four years after NASA’s DART probe slammed into one of its two space rocks. By that time, all the dust generated by the experimental collision will have settled, allowing Hera and its two companion cubesats to turn the …

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DART asteroid crash: What time will NASA probe hit Dimorphos on Sept. 26?

A NASA spacecraft will soon make history when it crashes into an asteroid in the world’s first planetary defense test. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART asteroid mission, will slam a spacecraft into the tiny moon of the asteroid Didymos on Monday, Sept. 26with the impact set at 7:14 p.m. EDT (2314 GMT). If …

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NASA’s Juno probe will peer beneath the icy crust of Jupiter’s moon Europa

On Sept. 29, NASA’s Juno probe will perform the closest flyby of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa in over 20 years as the spacecraft embarks on a mission to probe deep into Europa’s ice in search of pockets of liquid water. Europe contains a global ocean beneath a solid crust of ice, making this moon one …

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NASA's DART Deploys Camera Probe Ahead of Asteroid Impact

NASA’s DART Deploys Camera Probe Ahead of Asteroid Impact

Depiction of DART (left) and LICIACube (right). Image: Italian Space Agency DART won’t survive its mission to deflect an asteroid, but the recently deployed LICIACube—a tiny probe equipped with cameras—will document the encounter in gory detail. NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is the space agency’s first demonstration of a defense strategy to protect against …

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