Spacecraft

04.23.16
NASA pours $67 million into solar electric spacecraft engines
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NASA pours $67 million into solar electric spacecraft engines

It wants super-efficient power for missions headed to asteroids and Mars.

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04.17.16
Venus probe's first detailed results reveal strange clouds
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Venus probe's first detailed results reveal strange clouds

Akatsuki nearly didn't make it, but it's already shedding light on our nearest planetary neighbor.

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04.13.16
NASA is funding asteroid spaceships and other far-out concepts
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NASA is funding asteroid spaceships and other far-out concepts

The projects are getting $100,000 each to prove their ideas are feasible.

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04.12.16
'Starshot' plan gets probes to Alpha Centauri in your lifetime
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'Starshot' plan gets probes to Alpha Centauri in your lifetime

Stephen Hawking and Yuri Milner are backing a $100 million effort to explore our closest neighboring star.

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04.11.16
NASA's Kepler space telescope is back in good health
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NASA's Kepler space telescope is back in good health

The mission crew successfully brought their spacecraft back from the brink.

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04.08.16
NASA starts drop testing Orion with a dummy crew on board
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NASA starts drop testing Orion with a dummy crew on board

The tests' results will help scientists make sure astronauts don't get injured.

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03.09.16
NASA's asteroid explorer faces tests that simulate space
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NASA's asteroid explorer faces tests that simulate space

OSIRIS-REx has to pass a regimen that includes extreme cold and vacuum.

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