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‘Space tethers’ can be used to fling spacecraft into interplanetary space

The tether could be used to deorbit out-of-use spacecraft, push spacecraft from low Earth orbit into higher orbits, or even push spacecraft out of Earth's orbit altogether.|Short Read
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Six things you didn’t know about MESSENGER’s Mercury crash

The MESSENGER spacecraft is expected to crash into Mercury on April 30. We asked Jim Raines, assistant research scientist and MESSENGER team member, to help quantify the crash. |Short Read
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Mercury MESSENGER nears epic mission end

A spacecraft that carries a sensor built at the University of Michigan is about to crash into the planet closest to the sun -- just as NASA intended. |Short Read
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Professor Alec Gallimore develops technologies for NASA NextSTEP deep-space missions

PEPL joins the "Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc. of Redmond, Washington" team for NextSTEP's advanced propulsion projects.|Short Read
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A moon of Jupiter holds an underground ocean

A team involving a Michigan Engineering researcher has detected a salty underground ocean on a moon of Jupiter.|Short Read
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Which way to Mars?

Have recent developments brought us closer— or is a trip to Mars, once considered inevitable, as far away as ever?|Long Read

Alum and Orion engineer talks spaceflight

Michigan Aero alum and Orion systems engineer, Corey Brooker, talks about the Orion spacecraft and spaceflight.|Medium Read
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Researchers build groundbreaking device for NASA SMAP mission

The SMAP mission is NASA's most ambitious sensing project yet for measuring global soil moisture levels. |Medium Read
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NASA rocket launches two U-M projects

A NASA Delta 2 rocket scheduled to launch on January 29 will carry two satellites with University of Michigan connections.|Short Read
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Storm chaser satellite

CYGNSS will be capable of providing new images of ongoing hurricanes every 12 minutes, as opposed to the once-per-day measurement current satellites provide. U-M researchers are working on the mission under a contract with NASA.|Short Read
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Hurricane-forecast satellites to keep close eye on the tropics

A set of eight hurricane-forecast satellites being developed at Michigan Engineering will give deep insights into how and where storms suddenly intensify. That's a process that’s becoming more crucial to figure out as the climate changes.|Medium Read
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Iverson Bell’s small satellite wins big

Iverson developed an experimental facility to simulate key characteristics of the space environment.|Short Read