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Image: Vanguard satellite, 1958

One of the Vanguard satellites is checked out at Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1958. Vanguard 1, the world's first solar-powered satellite, launched on St. Patrick's Day (March 17) 1958. It was designed to test ...

dateMar 18, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Israel launches new spy satellite

Israel's Defense Ministry said on Thursday that it has successfully launched a new observation satellite into orbit, one which is expected to be used to observe Iran and hostile militant groups in the Middle East.

dateApr 10, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Views of Venus day and night side

This sequence of images was taken by the Ultraviolet/Visible/Near-Infrared spectrometer (VIRTIS) on board ESA's Venus Express spacecraft between 12 and 19 April 2006, during the first orbit (capture orbit) ...

dateMay 19, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Image: Soaring over Lunar Mt. Hadley

(Phys.org) —Apollo mission planners selected an adventurous landing site for Apollo 15 located on a relatively small patch of lava plains, called "mare" on the moon. This site is nestled between the towering ...

dateJun 19, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Solar orbiter's shield takes Sun's heat

(Phys.org) —ESA's Solar Orbiter mission has undergone its latest major test: its protective shield has been subjected to concentrated sunlight to prove it can cope with the fierce temperatures close in ...

dateJun 04, 2014 in Space Exploration
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