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NASA chooses Astrobotic to launch VIPER rover to the moon as part of the Commercial Lunar Payload Services
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NASA chooses Astrobotic to launch VIPER rover to the moon as part of the Commercial Lunar Payload Services

VIPER is a solar-powered rover that will land on the moon sometime in 2023 and will stay there for a period of 100-Earth-days.

Tiny CubeSat mission ASTERIA breaks record for smallest satellite to detect an exoplanet
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Tiny CubeSat mission ASTERIA breaks record for smallest satellite to detect an exoplanet

Researchers argue that the finding validates the role small spacecrafts can play in astrophysics and astronomy research.

US should be respectful, not mock the space agency it has relied on all these years: Roscosmos chief
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US should be respectful, not mock the space agency it has relied on all these years: Roscosmos chief

Roscosmos has in recent years suffered a series of setbacks and corruption scandals, including in the construction of a new Cosmodrome in the country.

Saturn's moon Titan is drifting away from the planet faster than scientists had estimated
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Saturn's moon Titan is drifting away from the planet faster than scientists had estimated

Researchers believe that the moon Titan had formed much closer to Saturn and has migrated outward to its current position.

NASA’s Parker Sun probing spacecraft flew by Sun in its closest encounter during it fifth orbit
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NASA’s Parker Sun probing spacecraft flew by Sun in its closest encounter during it fifth orbit

As opposed to the standard 11-day encounters, the ongoing orbit is the longest fifth observation of the Parker Sun Probe, that started from 9 May 2020.

NASA says black hole positioned at centre of Milky Way caused energy outburst 3.5 million years ago
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NASA says black hole positioned at centre of Milky Way caused energy outburst 3.5 million years ago

"The flash was so powerful that it lit up the stream like a Christmas tree — it was a cataclysmic event!" said Principal Investigator Andrew Fox from STScI.

Scientists say asteroids Bennu and Ryugu may have formed from a direct collision in space
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Scientists say asteroids Bennu and Ryugu may have formed from a direct collision in space

Both asteroids are small fragments re-accumulated to form an aggregate body and may have formed from the same original shattered parent body.

SpaceX Demo-2 success ushers in new era in spaceflight, and India’s space ecosystem needs to adapt
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SpaceX Demo-2 success ushers in new era in spaceflight, and India’s space ecosystem needs to adapt

As the global space economy undergoes a massive disruption, and space becomes increasingly entrepreneurial, India is faced with an important choice.

SANSA joins NASA to host a deep-space ground station, that will support human spaceflight missions to the Moon, Mars, beyond
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SANSA joins NASA to host a deep-space ground station, that will support human spaceflight missions to the Moon, Mars, beyond

This partnership comes almost half a century later after a tracking station was built by NASA in 1961 to track probes that were being sent beyond the earth's orbit.

ISRO congratulates NASA, SpaceX on a job well done on the 'historic' launch of US astronauts to ISS
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ISRO congratulates NASA, SpaceX on a job well done on the 'historic' launch of US astronauts to ISS

This launch marked the first time a privately built and owned spacecraft carried NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.

NASA astronauts reach ISS, SpaceX's Elon Musk says its the 'first step on a journey toward a civilization on Mars'
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NASA astronauts reach ISS, SpaceX's Elon Musk says its the 'first step on a journey toward a civilization on Mars'

It was the first time a privately built and owned spacecraft carried astronauts to the space station in its more than 20 years of existence.

Russian space agency applauds NASA-SpaceX launch, calls Trump's reaction 'hysteria'
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Russian space agency applauds NASA-SpaceX launch, calls Trump's reaction 'hysteria'

SpaceX launched two Americans into orbit to ISS, a landmark mission that ended Russia's monopoly on flights there.

NASA-SpaceX ends a nine-year launch drought in the US by successfully launching two astronauts
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NASA-SpaceX ends a nine-year launch drought in the US by successfully launching two astronauts

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are on their way to the ISS and will dock automatically around 7.00 pm IST, 19 hours after the lift-off.

SpaceX-NASA mission: A breakdown on rocket, crew capsule, astronauts, launch sequence
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SpaceX-NASA mission: A breakdown on rocket, crew capsule, astronauts, launch sequence

This mission is the final test flight and if it is successful, then NASA will certify SpaceX to continue to fly humans to space.

Superhero spacesuits: Elon Musk’s SpaceX astronaut suit is like a Tuxedo for the Starship Enterprise
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Superhero spacesuits: Elon Musk’s SpaceX astronaut suit is like a Tuxedo for the Starship Enterprise

What the SpaceX suits evoke most of all is James Bond’s tuxedo if it were redesigned by Tony Stark as an upgrade for James T. Kirk’s next big adventure.

SpaceX reaches for milestone in human spaceflight – a private company will launch NASA astronauts into orbit
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SpaceX reaches for milestone in human spaceflight – a private company will launch NASA astronauts into orbit

Compared to an average space shuttle mission that cost US$1.6 billion, NASA is paying only $55 million per seat for SpaceX’s upcoming ISS flights.

A new era dawns in human spaceflight: SpaceX needs to get the rocket science right to launch the NASA astronauts
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A new era dawns in human spaceflight: SpaceX needs to get the rocket science right to launch the NASA astronauts

This launch will put SpaceX ahead of other commercial companies including Boeing’s Starliner and Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser.

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are badass astronauts and dads: SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell
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NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are badass astronauts and dads: SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell

Both are former military pilots who rose to the rank of colonel — Behnken in the US Air Force, Hurley in the Marines — before joining NASA in 2000.

What do we know spacex’s astronaut suits and the vehicle they use to travel to the launchpad; launch on Sunday, 31 May, 12.52 am IST
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What do we know spacex’s astronaut suits and the vehicle they use to travel to the launchpad; launch on Sunday, 31 May, 12.52 am IST

Musk named his rocket after the “Star Wars” Millennium Falcon and the capsule's name comes from his jab at the doubters when he started SpaceX.

Looking at the journey of how NASA and its astronauts became one of SpaceX’s biggest customers
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Looking at the journey of how NASA and its astronauts became one of SpaceX’s biggest customers

NASA planted the seeds for a commercial program, starting a competition for companies to send cargo to the International Space Station.