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Engine problems make NASA scrub launch of new moon rocket carrying Colorado-made capsule and experiments

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA called off the launch of its mighty new moon rocket on its debut flight with three test dummies aboard Monday after a last-minute cascade of problems culminating in unexplained trouble related to an engine. The next launch attempt will not take place until Friday at the earliest and could be […]

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Colorado-based flight controllers send NASA spacecraft on 2-year trip back to earth with rubble from an asteroid

By Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With rubble from an asteroid tucked inside, a NASA spacecraft fired its engines and began the long journey back to Earth on Monday, leaving the ancient space rock in its rearview mirror. The trip home for the robotic prospector, Osiris-Rex, will take two years. Osiris-Rex […]

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The first images of OSIRIS-REx touching an asteroid have made it back to Earth

NASA’s first mission to touch an asteroid and collect a sample of pristine space dirt is now viewable in high-resolution images sent overnight Tuesday from 200 million miles away. The OSIRIS-REx mission completed its first and possibly only touchdown on the asteroid Bennu at approximately 4:12 p.m. on Tuesday, as operators and engineers monitored the […]

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How does Colorado’s Lockheed Martin keep future engineers interested in space? By asking them to design robot cars.

The room was abuzz with pint-sized autonomous vehicles, mind-numbing calculations and geeks in shoe socks.  Julia Harvey had heard about the curious Lockheed Martin Space Systems event from a school newsletter and thought, “Oh, that looks really cool!” So, the Colorado School of Mines computer science major spent Halloween morning training her AWS DeepRacer (on […]