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NASA Lucy Images Reveal Asteroid Dinkinesh to be Surprisingly Complex

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Images from the November 2023 flyby of asteroid Dinkinesh by NASA’s Lucy spacecraft show a trough on Dinkinesh where a large piece — about a quarter of the asteroid — suddenly shifted, a ridge, and a separate contact binary satellite…

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Two identical scenes are seen in a pair of side-by-side images. Against the pitch-black background of space, a boxy metallic satellite dominates the foreground. Glints of light are bouncing off the shiniest parts of the structure.

NASA’s OSIRIS-APEX Unscathed After Searing Pass of Sun

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Mission engineers were confident NASA’s OSIRIS-APEX (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification – Apophis Explorer) spacecraft could weather its closest ever pass of the Sun on Jan. 2, 2024. Their models had predicted that, despite traveling 25 million miles closer to…

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NASA’s Psyche Fires Up Its Sci-Fi-Worthy Thrusters

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The spacecraft already is beyond the distance of Mars and is using ion propulsion to accelerate toward a metal-rich asteroid, where it will orbit and collect science data. NASA’s Psyche spacecraft passed its six-month checkup with a clean bill of…

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