[Project Topics] Launch day set for KOUNOTORI5/H-IIB F5!

On Dec. 25, 2008, JAXA revealed the maiden H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), an unmanned supply transfer vehicle that will fly to the International Space Station (ISS), to the press at the Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC.) It was the first press conference since assembling all the modules of the first HTV. At the press conference, the […]

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NASA's 'Flying Saucer' Parachute Shreds Again During Test Flight | Video

On June 8th, 2015, NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) vehicle successfully launched via balloon to ~120,000 feet and its rocket was fired. It reached speeds of up to Mach 4 before engines were shut down. Unfortunately for the team, the parachute shred upon deployment in what was described as a “partial chute.” Early indications were […]

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NASA 'Flying Saucer' Launches to Test Mars Landing Tech

NASA’s inflatable flying saucer, called the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, lifts off on the second test flight of Mars landing technologies on June 8, 2015. The inflatable decelerator also includes the largest supersonic parachute ever made by NASA.Credit: NASA TV A “flying saucer” that NASA hopes will help astronauts land safely on Mars someday has taken […]

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World Oceans Day

Satellites help us monitor the state of our oceans, supporting ‘healthy oceans, healthy planet’ – the theme for this year’s World Oceans Day To source

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LightSail Spacecraft Wakes Up Again, Deploys Solar Sail

Artist’s concept of The Planetary Society’s LightSail cubesat in space.Credit: The Planetary Society It wasn’t exactly smooth sailing, but The Planetary Society’s cubesat got the job done in the end. The tiny LightSail spacecraft overcame a battery problem — the second glitch it suffered after launching to Earth orbit last month — and deployed its […]

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Best Space Photos of the Week — June 7, 2015

On Sunday, May 31, 2015, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made its latest and final flyby of Hyperion, Saturn’s spongy moon. At around 9:36 a.m. EDT Cassini came…Read More » within 21,000 miles (34,000 km) of Hyperion’s surface — not its closest approach ever but certainly close enough to grab some fantastic images of this porous and […]

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