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European Space Agency found the lost Philae module

European Space Agency found the lost Philae module

In 2014, European Space Agency reached the Comet 67P, but its space robot Philae was lost after three days only. ESA managed to get contact with the robot and finally find its location after two years. Now, the reason why the robot was lost, is known too.
9/7/2016, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
NASA's Juno finished the first flyby of Jupiter

NASA's Juno finished the first flyby of Jupiter

In the beginning of July, NASA's Juno spacecraft reached the Jupiter's orbit and it finished its first close flyby on this Saturday. The probe was only 2600 miles (4200 km) above Jupiter planet.
8/29/2016, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
1st commercial Moon landing in 2017, Moon Express approved

1st commercial Moon landing in 2017, Moon Express approved

Private companies were allowed to fly only to Earth orbit but no further. It is changed now. Moon Express is the first commercial company that is allowed to fly to the Moon. And it is going to be very soon.
8/5/2016, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
NASA to send Curiosity 2.0 rover to Mars in 2020

NASA to send Curiosity 2.0 rover to Mars in 2020

The new Mars mission is finally planned. NASA wants to send the new Curiosity 2.0 rover with enhanced scientific instruments to the Mars planet in 2020. The new rover should also collect samples of Martian soil.
7/18/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
NASA Juno spacecraft reached the Jupiter's orbit

NASA Juno spacecraft reached the Jupiter's orbit

The following months will be full of news about the Jupiter planet. Juno spacecraft has successfully entered the Jupiter's orbit and it will send valuable data about the planet in the near future.
7/6/2016, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
NASA approved New Horizons mission extension

NASA approved New Horizons mission extension

New Horizons spacecraft is heading to Kuiper Belt after its successful mission around the Pluto dwarf planet. In the previous week, NASA approved the extension of its mission and the spacecraft should explore 2014 MU69 in the Kuiper Belt.
7/4/2016, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
Original Star Trek Enterprise model brought back to life

Original Star Trek Enterprise model brought back to life

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum restored the original model of Starship Enterprise that was used for shooting Star Trek series. The model will be displayed as a part of the 40th birthday celebration of the museum.
7/1/2016, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
Heart tissue 3D printed in zero gravity

Heart tissue 3D printed in zero gravity

People are going to print body tissues using special 3D printers. And they are also able to do so in zero gravity environment. Therefore, the astronauts should be able to fix some of their own tissues in space.
6/21/2016, 3D print, Milan Šurkala
Last SpaceX mission partially successful

Last SpaceX mission partially successful

The SpaceX's flight on this Wednesday was only partially successful. The rocket was able to bring the satellites to orbit but there is still a need for an improvement of landing the rocket. This attempt did not end well.
6/16/2016, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
Elon Musk clarifies SpaceX's mission to Mars

Elon Musk clarifies SpaceX's mission to Mars

It is not very long ago when SpaceX revealed some details about its plans for human mission to Mars. They also promised to unveil more details and that happened yesterday. Elon Musk told us more about its Mars plans and regular Mars missions.
6/14/2016, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
NASA's Juno mission to reach Jupiter in July

NASA's Juno mission to reach Jupiter in July

After very successful New Horizons mission at Pluto, NASA is going to carry out the next interesting space mission. There are only 21 days left until Juno spacecraft will reach and explore the Jupiter planet.
6/13/2016, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
SpaceX plans human mission to Mars in 2025

SpaceX plans human mission to Mars in 2025

NASA and Lockheed Martin plan to send humans to Mars planet in 2028 but SpaceX company wants to be even faster. They want to reach the surface of the planet by 2025. The new rocket will be needed to achieve such a goal.
6/6/2016, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
Lockheed Martin to send humans to Mars in 2028

Lockheed Martin to send humans to Mars in 2028

Lockheed Martin company wants to support NASA's mission for visiting the Mars planet. The plan is to send unmanned aircraft in the near future and the humans should see the planet from Mars Base Camp in 2028.
5/26/2016, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
New Horizons heading to Kuiper Belt, a new mission?

New Horizons heading to Kuiper Belt, a new mission?

New Horizons spacecraft accomplished its Pluto mission and there is a question about the next task. One of the new possible targets is 2014 MU69 in the Kuiper Belt where the spacecraft is already heading to. Will it be its next space mission?
5/19/2016, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala
Humanoid NASA Valkyrie robots heading for Mars?

Humanoid NASA Valkyrie robots heading for Mars?

Upgraded NASA Valkyrie R5 robots were given to three universities. They will be used for a scientific research and may be used in conditions in which humans cannot survive. Will they be used in space missions like NASA's journey to Mars?
5/11/2016, Robotics, Milan Šurkala
SpaceX lands on ocean droneship for the first time

SpaceX lands on ocean droneship for the first time

SpaceX has successfully landed its first stage of Falcon 9 rocket on the ground only once. Now, the company managed to land on the ocean droneship for the first time after four unsuccessful attempts.
4/27/2016, Space exploration, Milan Šurkala