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Update 2:25 p.m. ET: Belly flop success! The cables suspending the Orion capsule above the water disconnected, and the researchers got a great look at how the spacecraft would fall in a real-world setting. Future tests will include a drop from a greater height and a “swing test,” in which the module is launched like …

A Chinese spacecraft lifted off from the moon Thursday night with a load of lunar rocks, the first stage of its return to Earth, the government space agency reported. Chang’e 5, the third Chinese spacecraft to land on the moon and the first to take off from it again, is the latest in a series of …

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese spacecraft lifted off from the moon Thursday night with a load of lunar rocks, the first stage of its return to Earth, the government space agency reported. Chang’e 5, the third Chinese spacecraft to land on the moon and the first to take off from it again, is the latest …

The mission team received images sent by the spacecraft last Thursday that revealed the sample collection head was full of surface material — so much so that a flap was wedged open by rocks, allowing particles to escape into space. The team canceled scheduled maneuvers for the spacecraft that would have been used to estimate …

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Image copyright NASA / Andy Saunders Image caption Apollo 13’s commander Jim Lovell selects music on a portable tape player while Jack Swigert naps off to the right Image enhancement techniques have been used to reveal life aboard Nasa’s stricken Apollo 13 spacecraft in unprecedented detail. Fifty years ago, the craft suffered an explosion that …

Draper is developing technology to equip the next generation of spacecraft with high precision navigation and landing capabilities. Credit: Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colo. CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 1, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The next missions to space will require new technologies that are just now being developed and tested. One of the goals is to make …

Image copyright NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI/Roman Tkachenko Image caption The Kuiper belt object Arrokoth is a pristine remnant of planet formation in action Scientists say they have “decisively” overturned the prevailing theory of how planets in our Solar System formed. The established view is that material violently crashed together to form ever larger clumps until they became worlds. …

Image copyright Jaxa/AFP Image caption The Ryugu asteroid is 900m (2,950ft) wide Japan’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft has departed from a faraway asteroid and begun its yearlong journey back to Earth. The spacecraft left its orbit around Ryugu on Wednesday with samples of the asteroid in tow. Hayabusa-2 is expected to return to Earth in late 2020, …

India’s dream of landing on the Moon is getting closer to reality as its Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft split into two on Monday, with one half set to land on the lunar surface later this week. First launched in July, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft broke off into two pieces as expected. “The Vikram Lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 …