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Northrop’s satellite refueling spacecraft launches on October 9th

Space junk is hard to completely avoid when satellites can only carry so much fuel, but that might not be a problem for much longer. Northrop Grumman and NASA are launching a "first-of-its-kind" refueling vessel, the Mission Extension Vehicle, aboar…
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Drone is the first spacecraft in years to use a key Shuttle runway

Kennedy Space Center is slowly coming back to life, but you almost wouldn't know it by looking at the Shuttle Landing Facility. While it has seen some limited use for aircraft in recent years, it hasn't been used for an orbital mission landing since….
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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft sent photos of Saturn’s north pole

As Cassini winds down its 20-year mission to Saturn, the spacecraft will maneuver into a series of weeklong orbits, allowing it to get a closer look at the planet's famous rings as it flies by. Although there are still a few days before Cassini graze…
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Top European scientists want to crash a spacecraft into an asteroid — again

This week European scientists launched the “I Support AIM” campaign — an initiative to urge the European Space Agency (ESA) to move forward with its Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) in 2020. Over 100 scientists have signed on.

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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft returns to Earth with ‘critical’ cargo

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft returns to Earth from ISS, bringing with it scientific cargo that NASA says will be critical to its planned Journey to Mars.

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Trash-eating spacecraft turns orbital debris into fuel

There are more than a half million pieces of space junk that can do significant damage if they collide with a satellite or a spacecraft in orbit. A team of researchers from China have come up with a solution for removing it by using it as a fuel source.

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