Planetary science

Likely Crash Site of Mystery Space Junk Spotted on Moon’s Far Side

Likely Crash Site of Mystery Space Junk Spotted on Moon’s Far Side

The newly formed double crater, spotted on the far side of the Moon near Hertzsprung crater. Image: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University Observations made by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have allowed scientists to identify the spot where a mystery object—likely a discarded rocket body—smashed into the Moon several months ago. The crash site is located near Hertzsprung …

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NASA’s Delayed Psyche Launch Presents Major Headache for Ride-Along Mission

NASA’s Delayed Psyche Launch Presents Major Headache for Ride-Along Mission

Artist’s conception of the twin Janus probes. Image: Lockheed Martin A software glitch has caused the delay of Psyche, a NASA mission to explore a metal-rich asteroid. Two small probes are being included in the launch, but the postponement means they might not be able to rendezvous with their respective target asteroids. Psyche, a probe …

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NASA's DAVINCI Mission Will Plunge Through the Hellish Atmosphere of Venus

NASA’s DAVINCI Mission Will Plunge Through the Hellish Atmosphere of Venus

NASA’s DAVINCI mission to Venus is scheduled for launch in 2029. A new paper details this upcoming journey, a daring mission that could shed new light on the scorching hot planet’s mysterious, and potentially habitable, past. Upon its arrival at the second planet from the Sun, the probe will plunge through Venus’ atmosphere, ingesting its …

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