News: 06 May – 19 May 2013

NASA’s Asteroid Sample Return Mission
NASA’s Asteroid Sample Return Mission, the rather long winded Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx), has been confirmed to go into development in a review at NASA last week.

Sally Ride Tribute Event
A tribute event will be held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, for pioneering astronaut Sally Ride on May 2013.

Is this the end of Kepler?
A malfunction in the exoplanet hunting probe threatens to prematurely end the program.

Moon + Big Rock = Awesome
Asteroid the size of a large boulder, traveling at about 56,000mph slams into moon and creates impact visible with the naked eye!

Leak aboard the ISS repaired
Last week the ISS sprung a liquid ammonia leak in the cooling network. Astronauts Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn conducted an EVA and replaced a pump unit that was leaking ammonia.

Chris Hadfield returns to Earth
ISS commanded, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield talks about, space, the ISS and his future.

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