Tuesday , October 16 2018

Space Exploration

Asteroid Lander MASCOT Completes Exploration of Ryugu

The Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT), a lander carried by JAXA’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft, successfully completed its historic exploration of the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu on October 3, 2018, as its battery ran out. An artist’s impression of MASCOT during landing. Image credit: DLR. MASCOT was developed by the German Aerospace Center …

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New Science Results from Cassini’s Grand Finale

Cassini’s 20-year mission culminated in a series of wild orbits. First, it grazed the outer rim of Saturn’s rings and then, in the Grand Finale phase, the spacecraft dove through the narrow gap between the gas giant and its icy rings before plunging into and disintegrating into the planet’s upper …

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