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Hayabusa2 spacecraft begins long journey home with goodies for scientists

After a 17-month rendezvous with an asteroid hurtling through space some 200 million miles from Earth, Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft is on its way home. In a tweet, Japan’s space agency (JAXA) described the spacecraft’s departure from the Ryugu asteroid on Wednesday as “an emotional moment.” But Hayabusa2 isn’t coming back empty-handed. Assuming its homecoming is […]

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Small country, big dreams: Israel’s tiny spacecraft posts a selfie from orbit

Selfie image from Beresheet, taken 37,600 kilometers (23,400 miles) from Earth SpaceIL Curiosity and InSight aren’t the only spacefaring crafts snapping selfies — Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft shared an image of itself floating far above the Earth this week. The first privately funded mission to the moon was launched by the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL at the […]

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Does a steam-powered spacecraft hold the key to exploring the solar system?

Over 19,000 known asteroids carrying an almost inconceivable wealth of resources are within our reach as they orbit the sun. They’re packed with elements like platinum, gold, palladium, and silver — untouched riches locked safely inside celestial treasure chests. Ryugu, a half-mile wide asteroid that poses a potential risk to Earth due to the proximity […]