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11.30.16
It's the beginning of the end for NASA's Cassini spacecraft
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It's the beginning of the end for NASA's Cassini spacecraft

Before it crashes into Saturn in September 2017, Cassini will show us the planet's rings like never before.

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11.24.16
Mars probe crashed because it misjudged where the ground was
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Mars probe crashed because it misjudged where the ground was

An inertial measurement unit failed for one second, but that was enough to ruin the mission.

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08.22.16
NASA regains contact with spacecraft after a 2-year silence
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NASA regains contact with spacecraft after a 2-year silence

It's finally talking to its STEREO-B probe after an ill-fated test in 2014.

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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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04.12.16
'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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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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