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Sep 22 2017

OSIRIS-REx Passes By Earth For A Gravity Assist To The Asteroid Bennu

Today, September 22nd, 2017, the OSIRIS-REx mission passed by the planet Earth, just a little over a year since its launch, for a gravity assisted trajectory change to send it on its way to its target, the asteroid Bennu. Gravity assists are used often in missions as a method of fuel conservation. Traveling around the …

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Sep 13 2017

Cassini: Diving Into History

We’re reaching the last moments of the Cassini mission. September 14th, 2017 marks the last full day of Cassini operations. Today, it will take it’s final photos, send the last bit of recorded data, prepare for “real time” data transmission, and then, about 29 hours from when I write this article, it will finally make …

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Sep 05 2017

The Final Week Of Cassini

As of the writing of this article, the Cassini mission around Saturn has 9 days 14 hours or so remaining. On September 15th, 2017, the probe will descend into the atmosphere of Saturn, burning up as it plummets into the gaseous mass of the plant it has spent over a decade studying. (Sure, it’s a …

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Sep 05 2017

40 Years Ago: The Launch Of Voyager 1

40 years ago today, on September 5th, 1977, Voyager 1 was launched from Launch Complex 41 on the final Titan III-E booster to fly. Voyager 1 was launched after Voyager 2, on a trajectory which put it ahead in its encounters of Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 1 would later begin flying up and away from …

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Sep 02 2017

Voyager 1’s Trajectory Through The Solar System

The identical twin to Voyager 2, Voyager 1, was launched on September 5th 1977. While launched after Voyager 2, it was launched with a more direct trajectory and as a result quickly moved ahead to reach Jupiter in 1979 and Saturn in 1980 with its last major flyby being Saturn’s moon Titan. Voyager 1 would …

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Sep 01 2017

SpaceX Isn’t Perfect

A key theme that seems to exist in the mind of every member of the “Cult of SpaceX” is this presumption that SpaceX is somehow perfect – that nothing ever goes wrong when SpaceX is involved! Even if this isn’t literally what is thought, the attitude presented exudes such an idea. SpaceX isn’t perfect. No …

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Aug 31 2017

Voyager 2’s Trajectory Through The Solar System

In this video from NASA we have the flight path that Voyager 2 took through the Solar System during it’s mission, which is still going 40 years after launch! It’s a very straightforward video, no sound or anything special. It starts just a few days before August 20th, 1977, the launch day of Voyager 2 …

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Aug 23 2017

TDRS-M Successfully Launches On An Atlas V

I’m almost a week late on this one, but it’s still worth covering: The third, and final of the 3 Third-Generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellites, known as TDRS, was successfully launched on Friday, August 18th, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 41. The TDRS satellite system is used for high-bandwith data and …

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Aug 20 2017

40 Years Ago: The Launch Of Voyager 2

On August 20th, 1977, Voyager 2 was launched on the most powerful launch vehicle available at the time, the Titan IIIE, on a mission to explore all 4 of the gas giant outer planets, and onward to deep space. Voyager 2 was, oddly, the first of the 2 Voyager probes launched – Voyager 1 was …

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Aug 17 2017

Voyager at 40: Keep Reaching for the Stars – NASA JPL Film

The Voyager space probes, the furthest man-made objects from Earth, were launched 40 years ago this upcoming week (in the case of Voyaged 2, launched August 20th 1977 – Voyager 1 was launched later,  in September of 77), and as such NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are doing a bit of a celebration, to …

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