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It was one month ago Monday that NASA’s Dawn spacecraft entered orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, and the US space agency issued an update this week assuring that the probe was still in good health and performing “flawlessly” as it continued its research.
After a journey that lasted more than seven years, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has entered its approach phase around Ceres as it prepares to become the first spacecraft ever to visit the Texas-sized dwarf planet.
After being postponed earlier in the week, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Hayabusa-2 space probe successfully lifted off early Wednesday morning local time, officially beginning its six-year mission to collect samples from a distant C-type asteroid known as 1999 JU3.
The Dawn spacecraft has resumed normal ion thrusting after the thrusting unexpectedly stopped and the spacecraft entered safe mode on September 11.
Milestone progress is being made in readying NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) for launch in 2016, a smallsat designed to test the unique attributes of a high-performance, non-toxic, “green” fuel on orbit.
An experimental microwave thruster that does not require fuel to operate has been dubbed the “impossible” space engine, but a team of NASA researchers has reportedly confirmed the system actually works.
Japan’s devastating earthquake in 2011 left its mark on more than the town of Fukushima. The European Space Agency says that it had an impact on Earth’s gravity as well.
Beware of falling satellites this weekend, as a European Space Agency (ESA) probe that had been mapping the planet’s gravitational field is expected to plummet back to Earth within the next few days.
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