Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 02.07.20

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Please note: this is the last issue before summer vacation periode. Next issue will be published on August, 13th.

ESA listens in on black hole mission

European and Russian specialists recently worked together to catch signals from an astrophysical observatory mission, now mapping X-ray sources in our galaxy and beyond, discovering previously unknown supermassive black holes.

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Russkij kosmos sieht Unzulänglichkeiten beim Crew Dragon von SpaceX

Die Moskauer Raumfahrtzeitschrift Russkij kosmos (Der russische Kosmos) ist bei einer Analyse des neuen kommerziellen bemannten Raumschiffs Crew Dragon von SpaceX auf Unzulänglichkeiten gestoßen. Dabei geht es vor allem um die Anordnung der Triebwerke für das Notfallrettungssystem, die Disproportionen der Landekapsel und die Lage der Toilette […]

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#6: Start of assembly and integration for JUICE

Despite certain operational difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the assembly and integration of the flight model for ESA’s JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) spacecraft has continued with few delays during the first six months of the year.

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How will astronauts poop on the moon? New NASA challenge aims to flush this mystery

In a new contest, NASA is calling on innovators from around the world to develop a new space toilet that would work not just in microgravity such as aboard the International Space Station, but also in lunar gravity aboard a future lunar lander.

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Vega rocket may attempt return to flight with 53-satellite launch tonight. Here’s how to watch.

An Arianespace Vega rocket is ready for an epic return to flight, as the European booster prepares to carry 53 satellites into orbit tonight (June 28).

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SpaceX’s 1st Crew Dragon for astronauts aces tests in space, could land Aug. 2

SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon to carry astronauts is passing all tests and could return to Earth as soon as August 2nd.

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Launch of NASA’s next Mars rover delayed again by ‚contamination concern‘ on the ground

The launch of NASA’s next Mars rover has been delayed to no earlier than July 22 due to a contamination issue with ground support equipment.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 04.06.2020

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SpaceX Crew Dragon Start to ISS / Start der SpaceX Crew Dragon zur ISS

SpaceX just launched 2 astronauts into orbit. What’s next for the NASA crew?

What’s next for the NASA astronauts who launched to space today (May 30) aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule?

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Liftoff! SpaceX launches 1st astronauts for NASA on historic test flight

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule launched from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center today (May 30), ending a nine-year orbital human spaceflight drought for the United States.

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NASA, SpaceX Launch Historic Mission to International Space Station

The post NASA, SpaceX Launch Historic Mission to International Space Station appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

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Commercial Crew: Ein historischer Start für die NASA

Seit Außerdienststellung der Space Shuttle im Jahr 2011 war die NASA für den Transport von Astronautinnen und Astronauten zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS auf russische Sojus-Raumschiffe angewiesen. Mit dem Start des Mission Commercial Crew Demo-2 heute Abend soll dies der Vergangenheit angehören. Die NASA setzt dabei auf ein Raumschiff von SpaceX. (27. Mai 2020)

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Putin gratuliert Trump zum erfolgreichen Start von Crew Dragon

Russlands Präsident Wladimir Putin hat US-Präsident Donald Trump zum erfolgreichen Start des Raumschiffes Crew Dragon gratuliert. Beide Politiker hätten in dem Telefongespräch zudem ihre Bereitschaft erklärt, die beiderseitig nützliche Zusammenarbeit in der Raumfahrt weiter zu entwickeln, teilte der Pressedienst des Kreml am Montag mit.

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NASA Administrator, Sen. Cruz, Rep. Babin to Discuss Crew Dragon Test Flight at Briefing in Houston

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, and Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Brian Babin of Texas will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. CDT Sunday, May 31, at Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, to discuss the successful docking of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Robert

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NASA Astronauts Launch from America in Historic Test Flight of SpaceX Crew Dragon

For the first time in history, NASA astronauts have launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station.

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Demo-2: Launching Into History

On Saturday, May 30, 2020, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched on NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station.

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Protokoll der Mission Demo 2 des Crew Dragon

Nun sind sie gut im Orbit angekommen, die ersten beiden Passagiere eines Crew Dragon, der gestern um 21:22 MESZ trotz Wettersorgen den ganzen Tag abheben konnte und heute gegen 16:30 MESZ an die ISS andocken sollen: Die Bilder hier zeigen von unten eine Georgia-Gopherschildkröte vor der Startrampe (aus dem Demo-2-Album des NASA HQ, eine kleine Anspielung auf die Tatsache, dass der erste kommerziele Astronauten-Start mehrere Jahre später erfolgt ist als einst geplant?),

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 28.05.20

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SpaceX Crew Dragon Start to ISS / Start der SpaceX Crew Dragon zur ISS

ISS-Programm-Chef der NASA:  SpaceX kam Modifizierungswünschen der Russen an Crew Dragon nach

Der SpaceX-Konzern von Elon Musk hat auf Wunsch der GK Roskosmos zahlreiche Modifizierungen an seinem neuen Raumschiff Crew Dragon vorgenommen, das am kommenden Mittwoch zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS starten soll. Die größte Befürchtung der Russen sei gewesen, dass es trotz der sehr, sehr geringen Wahrscheinlichkeit eines Misserfolgs […]

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NASA und SpaceX geben grünes Licht für Crew Dragon-Start

Die US-Luft und Raumfahrtbehörde NASA und der Konzern SpaceX haben am Freitag in Cape Canaveral (Florida) grünes Licht für den Start der Demo-2-Mission des Crew Dragon am 27. Mai gegeben. Er werde um 16:33 Uhr Ortszeit (22.33 Uhr deutscher Zeit) stattfinden, wurde mitgeteilt.

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SpaceX Demo-2 Rollout

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard is seen as it is rolled out of the horizontal integration facility at Launch Complex 39A as preparations continue for the Demo-2 mission.

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SpaceX Demo-2 Crew Arrives at Kennedy Space Center

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, left, and Douglas Hurley listen as NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine gives remarks after the crew arrived at the Launch and Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center.

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Astronauts have a surprise name for their Crew Dragon spacecraft

Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken plan to reveal a name for their Crew Dragon spaceship on the day they launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, reclaiming a tradition that dates back to the dawn of the Space Age. Hurley and Behnken are preparing for launch on a test flight to restore orbital human spaceflight capability to the United States.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 14.05.20

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Newly Reprocessed Images of Europa Show ‚Chaos Terrain‘ in Crisp Detail

The surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa features a widely varied landscape, including ridges, bands, small rounded domes and disrupted spaces that geologists call „chaos terrain.“ Three newly reprocessed images, taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s, reveal details in diverse surface features on Europa.

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NASA’s Perseverance Rover Mission Getting in Shape for Launch

Stacking spacecraft components on top of each other is one of the final assembly steps before a mission launches to the Red Planet.

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Visiting Perseverance During Its Final Week at JPL

An undergraduate physics research student describes her visit to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to see the Perseverance rover before it shipped to Florida for launch.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 23.01.20

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Patrick Stewart and Space Exploration / Patrick Stewart und seine Meinung zur Weltraumerkundung

Star-Trek-Star Patrick Stewart: Weltall nicht erkunden

Fernsehstar Sir Patrick Stewart hat sich kurz vor Beginn der neuen Star-Trek-Serie eindringlich dagegen ausgesprochen, dass die Menschheit weiter das Weltall erkundet.

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Sir Patrick Stewart Explains His ‚Unease‘ About Human Space Exploration

Sir Patrick Stewart explains his concerns with human space exploration at New York Comic Con’s „Star Trek Universe“ panel on Oct. 5, 2019. Story: Patrick Stewart, Billy Dee Williams Highlight a Common Misconception About Space Exploration

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SpaceX Abort Test / SpaceX Test des Rettungssystems

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon abort test was ‚picture-perfect,‘ Elon Musk says

SpaceX’s high-altitude test of its Crew Dragon launch escape system on Sunday morning (Jan. 19) appears to have been a „picture-perfect mission,“ company founder and CEO Elon Musk said.

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon returns to shore after successful abort test (photos)

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule returned to port Sunday night (Jan. 19), hours after it flawlessly executed a test of its built-in, launch-escape system and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean.

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SpaceX: Rakete explodiert kurz nach dem Start – Test erfolgreich

Knapp eine Minute nach dem Start in Florida ging eine Rakete von SpaceX über dem Atlantik in Flammen auf – zur Freude von Chef Elon Musk. Die Zerstörung war Teil eines Tests.

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SpaceX: Erfolgreicher letzter Test vor bemannten Flug zur ISS

Die Raumkapsel von SpaceX hat sich bei einem Test erfolgreich kurz nach dem Start von ihrer Rakete getrennt. Nun dürfte der erste bemannte Flug folgen.

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Perfekter Test des Crew Dragon-Rettungssystems

Der Test des Rettungssystems des neuen bemannten US-Raumschiffes Crew Dragon von SpaceX ist am Sonntag perfekt verlaufen. Dazu wurde die schwere Trägerrakete Falcon 9 um 16.30 Uhr deutscher Zeit mit vollbetankter Erststufe vom Weltraumbahnhof Cape Canaveral (Florida) gestartet. Nach knapp eineinhalb Minuten, als sich die Rakete […]

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In photos: SpaceX’s amazing Crew Dragon in-flight abort test launch

SpaceX successfully conducted an in-flight abort test of its Crew Dragon crew capsule on Jan. 19 to test the emergency escape system for astronauts. See photos of the test here!

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SpaceX aces Crew Dragon launch abort test, destroys rocket on purpose

SpaceX just took a giant leap in its quest to launch astronauts, successfully showcasing the Crew Dragon capsule’s launch escape system during flight.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 16.01.2020

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The first cookies baked in space are back on Earth!

Following a ride home on a SpaceX Dragon capsule, the first food to be baked in space (a batch of cookies, of course) has landed back on Earth.

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A Mars sample-return mission is coming. Scientists want the public to know what to expect.

The first pristine pieces of Mars won’t be coming down to Earth for at least another decade, but the time to start preparing society for the epic arrival is now, scientists say.

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In photos: The amazing spacewalks of Expedition 61

The astronauts of Expedition 61 have tackled some historic spacewalks at the International Space Station, including the first all-woman spacewalk and four of the most challenging spacewalks ever.

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Two new satellites will launch this year to track Earth’s rising oceans

A new satellite will provide more detailed information about rising sea levels and other changes in Earth’s oceans. Meet Sentinel-6/Jason-CS.

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Why SpaceX’s Starlink satellites caught astronomers off guard

Astronomers have had five years to brace for the impact of SpaceX’s Starlink internet-satellite megaconstellation, but the first few batches of the spacecraft still managed to catch the community off guard.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 05.12.19

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Erster Starliner-Start zur ISS verschoben

Der erste unbemannte Start des kommerziellen Raumschiffes Starliner von Boeing zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS ist um vorerst zwei Tage auf den 19. Dezember verschoben worden. Grund dafür sei ein Problem mit einer Druckluftleitung, teilte der Startdienstleister United Launch Alliance (ULA) mit. Der Fehler sei während der […]

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Boeing’s 1st Starliner Spacecraft Test Launch Delayed to Dec. 19

Boeing has pushed back the launch debut of its Starliner spacecraft to Dec. 19, a two-day delay, due to a glitch with the spacecraft’s Atlas V rocket.

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Watch Boeing’s Starliner Meet Its Rocket for the 1st Time in This Awesome Drone Video

A drone flying around the Kennedy Space Center recently captured incredible footage of a small step forward for NASA’s delayed commercial crew program.

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Europe Officially Signs on for Asteroid-Smashing Effort

The European Space Agency has officially approved the Hera mission, which will assess the results of NASA’s asteroid-walloping Double Asteroid Redirection Test.

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Orion spacecraft arrives at Plum Brook

The Orion spacecraft that will fly farther from Earth on the Artemis I mission than any human-rated vehicle has ever flown before, arrived at NASA’s Plum Brook Station yesterday. This was the first voyage of the assembled spacecraft – the size of a two-storey house – that includes NASA’s Crew Module and Crew Module Adapter as well as ESA’s European Service Module.

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SpaceX Aiming to Launch Crucial Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test This Month

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon astronaut taxi will get off the ground again this month, if all goes according to plan.

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Cheops Exoplanet Satellite

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 28.01.19

Title Image: © NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/ Ryan Fitzgibbons, Walt Feimer, Chris Meaney, Swarupa Nune, and Merav Opher)
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Two of a Space Kind: Apollo 12 and Mars 2020

Apollo 12 and the upcoming Mars 2020 mission may be separated by half a century, but they share several goals unique in the annals of space exploration.

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SpaceX’s 1st Full-Size Starship Prototype Suffers Anomaly in Pressure Test

The test campaign for SpaceX’s first full-size prototype of its Starship Mars-colonization vehicle may have lasted just a single day.

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Ähnliche Prozesse wie auf der Erde formten und formen die Oberfläche des größten Saturnmondes

Kein anderer Himmelskörper im Sonnensystem ähnelt der Erde stärker als Titan. Der Saturnmond besitzt wie unser Heimatplanet einen Flüssigkeitszyklus, der aufgrund der sehr viel tieferen Temperaturen allerdings auf Methan statt auf Wasser basiert: Es gibt Seen und Flüsse aus Methan, Methan verdampft und es gibt Methan-Niederschläge. „Trotz der Unterschiede zwischen den beteiligten Stoffen und den Temperaturen gibt es viele Oberflächenstrukturen,…

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Russland:  Neuer Verhaltens-Kodex für Funkverkehr zwischen Flugleitzentrum und ISS-Segment

Der Funkverkehr zwischen dem Flugleitzentrum (ZUP) in Koroljow bei Moskau und dem russischen ISS-Segment läuft seit kurzem nach einem neuen Verhaltens-Kodex ab. Wie die Nachrichtenagentur RIA Nowosti am Montag meldet, soll dabei kurz, klar, deutlich, langsam (nicht mehr als 100 Wörter pro Minute), mit gleichbleibender Lautstärke und technisch versiert gesprochen […]

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India Admits Its Moon Lander Crashed, Cites Problem with Braking Thrusters

It turns out that India’s crashed moon lander had an issue with its brakes.

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There’s a Violent Battle Between Solar Wind and Cosmic Rays, and Voyager 2 Just Passed Through it

At the edge of our solar system, a fierce battle rages between solar wind and interstellar rays. NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft has now passed through the frontlines.

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Will Europe Finally Get Its Asteroid-Deflection Mission Off the Ground?

Hera would observe the effects of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirect Test.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 20.11.19

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Regular Crew Launches by SpaceX, Boeing Likely Won’t Start Until Summer 2020, NASA Inspector General Says

NASA’s crew launches to the ISS on private vehicles built by SpaceX and Boeing likely won’t begin until summer 2020, warns a new report from the agency’s Office of Inspector General.

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The 1st Sun Details from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Are Out. And They’re Hot!

Want to see the sun in a whole new way?

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NASA’s 1st SLS Megarocket Core Stage for the Moon Has Its Engines (Photos)

NASA’s first new megarocket bound for the moon now has all of its engines for the first uncrewed lunar flight of the U.S. space agency’s Artemis program.

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Here’s How Much NASA Is Paying Per Seat on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon & Boeing’s Starliner

Boeing’s astronaut taxi will cost NASA about 60% more per seat than SpaceX’s vehicle will, according to a new report by the space agency’s Office of Inspector General.

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India Could Land on the Moon in 2020 with Chandrayaan 3

Just months after a landing anomaly, India is ready to make another try at touching down on the moon, according to a news report.

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Weekly Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 14.11.19

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Japanische Asteroidensonde Hayabusa2 hat die Ryugu-Umlaufbahn verlassen

Nach einer Serie von Forschungen und der Entnahme von Bodenproben hat die japanische Sonde Hayabusa2 am Mittwoch die Umlaufbahn des Asteroiden Ryugu mit einer Geschwindigkeit von 9,2 Zentimetern pro Sekunde verlassen. Das sei durch die Zündung von chemischen Triebwerken erfolgt, teilte die japanische Weltraumagentur JAXA mit. In […]

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Farewell, Ryugu! Japan’s Hayabusa2 Probe Leaves Asteroid for Journey Home

Japan’s enterprising asteroid-sampling spacecraft began they journey home Tuesday (Nov. 12), packed full of precious space rocks that scientists can’t wait to get their hands on.

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See the 4 Sites Where a NASA Spacecraft May ‚Tag‘ Asteroid Bennu Next Year (Photos)

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will „tag“ asteroid Bennu at one of four potential sites next year. See close-up views of the four candidate sites here!

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