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How NASA Could Explore Jupiter Moon Europa's Ocean

Mick West, a senior research engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, with Icefin. The vehicle is designed to look underneath ice shelves.Credit: Jacob Buffo/Georgia Tech Europa is an ice-covered moon orbiting Jupiter that likely hosts an undergound ocean. Perhaps that ocean contains life. Perhaps it doesn’t. But we’re not going to know for sure […]

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Rosetta mission extended

The adventure continues: ESA today confirmed that its Rosetta mission will be extended until the end of September 2016, at which point the spacecraft will most likely be landed on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. To source

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Revisit the launch event

From ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Germany, watch the replay of the event to celebrate the launch of the first satellite for the Sentinel-2 ‘colour vision’ mission To source

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Second Sentinel in orbit

The ESA-developed Sentinel satellite – Sentinel-2A – was launched today, adding a high-resolution optical imaging capability to the European Union Copernicus environmental monitoring system To source

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Blue Origin Offers Tantalizing Preview of Private Space Trips (Video)

A video released last week by the private spaceflight company Blue Origin offers a tantalizing look at the private space trips the company plans to offer. The two-minute Blue Origin video features Jeff Ashby, the company’s chief of mission assurance and a former NASA astronaut, describing what the private trips will be like, as well […]

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Construction of Giant Telescope Pushes on Despite Protests

Artist’s concept of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop the volcanic peak of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The construction phase of the TMT project officially kicked off in October 2014; the telescope should achieve “first light” in 2022, if all goes according to plan.Credit: Courtesy TMT International Observatory The group building a huge telescope on Hawaii’s […]

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NASA Hands Over Historic Shuttle Landing Facility For Commercial Use

NASA has handed over its 15,000-foot-long Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center to Space Florida for use as a commercial spaceport.Credit: NASA The Florida runway where space shuttles touched down for nearly 30 years has a new mission. NASA on Monday (June 22) formally transferred control of the Shuttle Landing Facility  located at […]

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