NASA Destroyed Comet Hunter Satellite

NASA Destroyed Comet Hunter Satellite

NASA deliberately deactivated their satellite Stardust, burning his last reserves of fuel in the experiment to help engineers planning future missions.Stardust was launched in 1999 and in 2004 became the first and so far only satellite to collect samples of comet dust during a flight to the comet Wild 2. Samples have landed on Earth in a capsule in 2006. But Stardust continued its flight. Since all of its systems were normal, NASA has decided to convert it by adjusting its orbit to the intersection with the comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14 this year.

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Titan

Spring on Titan

Cassini spacecraft observes seasonal rains on Titan.As spring continues to unfold on Saturn, April showers on the planet’s largest moon, Titan, have brought methane rain to its equatorial deserts, as revealed in images captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

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Earth Messenger Spacecraft Reaches Mercury Orbit

Earth Messenger Spacecraft Reaches Mercury Orbit

After three flybys of Mercury over the last three years, the Messenger spacecraft is poised to settle into the first-ever orbit by a manmade object of the planet closest to the Sun.The goal of the mission is to provide scientists with data on Mercury unparalleled since the Mariner 10 spacecraft passed by three decades ago. And the more we understand about Mercury, NASA says, the more we’ll understand about how the other rocky planets in the solar system–Venus, Mars, and of course, Earth–formed and evolved.

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Super Moon Expect Earthquakes Extreme Weather

Super Moon Expect Earthquakes Extreme Weather

This Super Moon will occur on March 19 when it is in its closest position to the earth this year.Full Moons in general can cause havoc, and this one for sure will not go unnoticed by anyone.Get ready for what could be moderate to severe weather patterns, increased seismic activity, tsunamis and more volcanic eruptions than normal. This phenomenon includes the days leading up to March 19 and the days after until around March 22nd. We experienced extreme weather conditions under the last Super Moons in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005.

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Discovery Shuttle Arrives at Space Station

Discovery Shuttle Arrives at Space Station

The space shuttle Discovery docked at the International Space Station on Saturday for a final time, NASA said, as the American spacecraft embarks on its last mission in orbit before retirement. The shuttle, which blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center here on Thursday is on a 11-day mission, which includes two spacewalks. The shuttle is also bringing the first humanoid robot to the ISS. The Robonaut 2, or R2, is a joint project of General Motors and NASA and will stay behind as a permanent resident of the space station when Discovery leaves.

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Discovery Shuttle Arrives at Space Station

NASA Officially Set a Launch Date for Shuttle Discovery

After many hours of meetings at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA’s top officials unanimously approved the launch of space shuttle Discovery, which will be held next Thursday. NASA managers decided on Feb. 18 during the analysis of mission readiness, where they discussed the current state of the Discovery, International Space Station, and astronauts who will accompany the shuttle during its 39-second and last flight. After the meeting, NASA officially set the date and time shuttle launch: February 24, at 4:50 pm EST.

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