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Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres

October 23, 2017 starjunkie 0

NASA has authorized a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. During this extension, the spacecraft will descend to lower altitudes than ever […]

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Fresh Findings From Cassini

October 19, 2017 starjunkie 0

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft ended its journey on Sept. 15 with an intentional plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, but analysis continues on the mountain of data the spacecraft sent during its long life. Some of […]

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Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons

October 19, 2017 starjunkie 0

A spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves. The Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) package aboard NASA’s Psyche mission utilizes photons — […]