Cassini’s Swan Song – Flagship NASA Mission Ends after 20 Years

Cassini – NASA’s flagship planetary exploration mission for the last 20 years – found a fiery grave in Saturn’s dense atmosphere on Friday, ending a remarkable mission of discovery that will keep scientists busy for years to come to decipher the secrets Saturn and its enigmatic moons hold.

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SpaceX cuts Plans for Powered Dragon Landings, places Focus on Commercial Crew

SpaceX decided against the company’s previous plan of having their next generation Dragon spacecraft return to Earth via a powered landing to bring back cargo and crews from the International Space Station, company chief Elon Musk said on Wednesday at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Washington.

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Weak Simulations, Inadequate Software & Mismanagement caused Schiaparelli Crash Landing

The European Space Agency concluded its inquiry into the crash landing of the experimental Schiaparelli Mars Lander last October, citing a lack of understanding and modeling of parachute dynamics experienced at high speed, insufficient failure identification and recovery options in the craft’s software and mismanagement of subcontractors & hardware acceptance as contributing factors for the botched landing sequence.

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NASA Juno Spacecraft to remain in Elongated Capture Orbit around Jupiter

NASA’s faraway Juno spacecraft will remain in a highly elongated orbit around Jupiter for the remainder of its mission as engineers opted against performing a burn of the craft’s rocket engine that is considered too risky after a series of valves within the propulsion system had shown a suspect signature.

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