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Deep-space missions impacted by coronavirus, says Europe’s space agency

The coronavirus outbreak is even impacting deep-space exploration, with the European Space Agency (ESA) this week pausing data-gathering operations on four of its deep-space probes. The suspension, caused by a reduction of on-site staff at ESA’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, has prompted the agency to effectively put the probes’ science instruments into a […]

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NASA shows it’s lost confidence in Boeing’s ability to police its own work on Starliner space capsule

In a call with reporters Friday, NASA officials said an independent investigation of the marred test flight of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft has produced 61 corrective actions and identified 49 gaps in Boeing’s testing procedures. A decision on whether Boeing will be allowed to proceed with flying astronauts or have to redo the test mission without […]