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Mission Cup 2021: Curiosity- A Big and Bold Explorer

For Mission Cup 2021 I’ve nominated NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity. Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base on November 26th, 2011 on an Atlas V rocket. As far as rovers go, Curiosity is heavy and large … Continue reading

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Mission Cup 2021: Genesis – The Search for Origins

Our Solar System is thought to have formed from a cloud of dust and gas called the Solar Nebula that collapsed under its own gravity about 4 and a half billion years ago. In order to understand exactly how the … Continue reading

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Mission Cup 2021: The Spitzer Space Telescope

The Spitzer space telescope is an unsung hero among space missions. It was the final to be launched of NASA’s Great Observatories, a project of four space observatories comprising Spitzer, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory, and the Chandra X-ray … Continue reading

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Mission Cup 2021 Semi Finalist: Hayabusa2- To Ryugu and Back

Hayabusa2 is a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) led mission to study and sample asteroid 162173 Ryugu. As a primitive carbonaceous asteroid, investigations of Ryugu could address some important questions surrounding the very origins of our Solar System and how … Continue reading

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Mission Cup 2021 Semi Finalist: OSIRIS-REx – TAG You’re It

The Mission: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission was launched on the 8th of September 2016, with its target being the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. It’s the first U.S. asteroid sample return mission and is due to return to Earth in 2023 with primitive asteroid … Continue reading

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Mission Cup 2021 Semi-Finalist: Cassini Huygens – an amazing voyage to the outer solar system

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This post was written by Brendan Mccormick Kilbride, who nominated Cassini Huygens for Mission Cup 2021. ——————– The Cassini-Huygens mission was a collaboration by NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency to study Saturn, its moons and … Continue reading

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Mission Cup 2021

What is your favourite space mission? We’re hosting #MissionCup2021 over on our @EarthSolarSystm Twitter account from Thursday 4th Feb. Join us to vote for your favourites from midday each day, and help choose which mission will be crowned champion. T-8 … Continue reading

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