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dawn ceres
2015-04-08 08:45:15

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.

pia17650_modest_1
2014-12-31 08:51:49

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.

Hayabusa-2
2014-12-03 08:15:15

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.

Dawn spacecraft orbiting Ceres
2014-09-17 08:49:28

The Dawn spacecraft has resumed normal ion thrusting after the thrusting unexpectedly stopped and the spacecraft entered safe mode on September 11.

Green Propellant Infusion Mission
2014-08-20 03:00:59

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.

impossible space propulsion
2014-08-04 04:27:37

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.

Earth Gravity Altered By 2011 Japan Quake, According To GOCE Data
2013-12-03 13:50:29

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.

ESA's Defunct GOCE Satellite Expected To Fall Back To Earth Soon
2013-11-07 10:14:38

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.

Lasting Propulsion And High Speeds For Deep Space Missions Provided by NEXT
2013-09-09 12:11:13

Ion propulsion used to exist only in the imagination of science fiction writers.


Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.