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The First Object To Visit Us From Another Star System Could Be A Spaceship

The First Object To Visit Us From Another Star System Could Be A Spaceship

You know scientists: They give the coolest possible explanation to the public and then act like nerds and release a paper years later saying something much more mundane. And so it is with the first object to enter our solar system from a different place. Dubbed “Oumuamua,” scientists are still arguing over what the mysterious …

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Fix to Malfunctioning Lucy Probe Good Enough to Complete Asteroid Mission, NASA Says

Fix to Malfunctioning Lucy Probe Good Enough to Complete Asteroid Mission, NASA Says

Lucy is equipped with a pair of 22-feet-wide solar arrays on either side.Photo: NASA Just a few hours into its 12-year journey to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, the Lucy spacecraft ran into a problem. One of its solar arrays refused to fully open and mission controllers have been working on the problem ever since. There is …

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