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Unmanned Spacecraft

UKube-1 Completes Mission

The United Kingdom is the miniature space tech pioneer. The United Kingdom space program, called the UK Space Agency, developed the first CubeSat called UKube-1.

Enceladus Revisited

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft at Saturn is revisiting the icy moon Enceladus. Scientists are trying to figure out the history of this unusual moon.

Hedgehog Robots

A new type of robotic lander that can roll and hop has been created to function in the microgravity of comets and asteroids.

Asteroid Impact Mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) is planning a mission to use new technologies on asteroids for future deep space missions and planetary defense called Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM).

Spacecraft at Dwarf Planets

Two spacecraft will reach their destinations this year. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, launched on September 27, 2007, will reach the dwarf planet Ceres, located in the asteroid belt.

Dragon Returns Space Science

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft was launched on September 21st from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Rosetta’s Philae Landing Sites

The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected five possible landing sites on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for their Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae lander in November.

New Horizons Passes Neptune

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft was launched in 2006 on a journey to Pluto. The piano-sized spacecraft is traveling about one million miles per day, one of the fastest spacecraft ever built.

WISE Reveals No Planet X

NASA’s WISE (Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer) has infrared data covering the entire sky in all directions.

Messages to Bennu

NASA’s spacecraft OSIRIS-Rex (Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer) is a robotic mission to Asteroid Bennu.

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