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OSIRIS-REx is about to go collect (and return) samples from an asteroid

OSIRIS-REx is about to go collect (and return) samples from an asteroid But these days, the big space projects that define the push toward a future in space tend to be iterative.Once successful, pushing away and back toward Earth should be a simple matter by the standards of billion-dollar space projects.

The Perseids peak this week, and will put on a spectacular show

The Perseids peak this week, and will put on a spectacular show The Perseids, an annual meteor shower so named because it looks like they come out of the constellation Perseus, peak this week.The Perseids are active from July 13th through August 26th, but they reach a spectacular crescendo during about a five-day window, centered on August 12th.

So long, Rosetta, and thanks for all the science

So long, Rosetta, and thanks for all the science This way Rosetta’s radio emissions wouldn’t impede communication with other spacecraft.The science results Rosetta and Philae have returned represent a wealth of data that can confirm or dispel our ideas about the formation of our planet, and even the origins of life in our solar system.

This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet

This weekend you can see a lunar eclipse and a comet This skywatching coincidence should make for an interesting start to the weekend for people around the world who are able to see both the comet and the eclipse.The shadow of the Earth should start encroaching on the face of the moon's surface starting at around 5:30 p.

Spectacular zero-gravity landslide captured in progress on Comet 67P

Spectacular zero-gravity landslide captured in progress on Comet 67P This is the first time anyone has ever caught direct evidence of a landslide on a comet.The landslide, which took place in July of 2015, would not have looked like any landslide on Earth when it was happening.