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NASA's Flagship X-Ray Telescope Back Online After Last Week's Safe Mode NASA's Flagship X-Ray Telescope Back Online After Last Week's Safe Mode

One of NASA’s flagship telescopes, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, went into safe mode last week following gyroscope problems. That telescope is now back up and running.

Magic Leap, BDSM-Bots, and Star Trek: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Magic Leap, BDSM-Bots, and Star Trek: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

If you’re receiving this message, please be advised that Site Gamma-Iota-Zeta has been compromised. Repeat, Site Gamma-Iota-Zeta has been compromised. This is not a drill. Containment failures detected for the following Class V entities: Magic Leap. A toilet paper roll with a Fitbit on it. BDSM-Bot. The witches from …

There May Still Be Hope for NASA’s Sleeping Opportunity Rover There May Still Be Hope for NASA’s Sleeping Opportunity Rover

It’s been months since NASA engineers have heard from the sleeping Opportunity rover, which powered down after getting caught in a massive dust storm on Mars that obscured its surface from the Sun. But all hope isn’t yet lost, as the space agency said in an update Thursday that a coming windy season on the Red Planet…

Just Days After Hubble, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory Also Enters Safe Mode Just Days After Hubble, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory Also Enters Safe Mode

Mere days after the Hubble Space Telescope entered safe mode following a component failure, NASA said its Chandra X-ray Observatory entered safe mode on Wednesday. The space agency said on Friday that an investigation into the incident is currently underway, though it added data analysis indicated the safe mode…

After Soyuz Failure, Space Is Now Weirdly Inaccessible to Astronauts After Soyuz Failure, Space Is Now Weirdly Inaccessible to Astronauts

All crewed launches have been suspended by Russia’s space agency following yesterday’s Soyuz rocket failure. That’s a problem, because much of the world relies on Russian rockets to get both cargo and people into space. Consequently, we’re now facing the very real possibility of having an uncrewed International Space…

Soyuz Space Crew Makes Emergency Landing After Terrifying Booster Failure 

The two-person crew aboard a Russian-made Soyuz rocket made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan today shortly after launch. The crew, which was traveling to the International Space Station, is reportedly safe and in “good condition” after the scary failure was broadcast on the web.

First Man Gives Humankind's Greatest Adventure a Personal Touch First Man Gives Humankind's Greatest Adventure a Personal Touch

For a movie about going to the moon, First Man sure is grounded. That’s a good thing though, mostly, as the film provides a layered and at times painful look at what that legendary trip cost not just America but also astronaut Neil Armstrong. However, First Man is not a hugely patriotic roller coaster like Apollo 13. …

Voyager 2 Detects Hints That Interstellar Space Is Nearby Voyager 2 Detects Hints That Interstellar Space Is Nearby

Six years ago, the Voyager 1 spacecraft informed scientists that it had become the first man-made object to enter interstellar space. Now, Voyager 2 has begun to return signs that its own exit from the Solar System could be coming soon.

Scientists Work to Keep Hubble Telescope Functioning After Another Gyroscope Fails Scientists Work to Keep Hubble Telescope Functioning After Another Gyroscope Fails

The Hubble Space Telescope entered safe mode over the weekend as scientists figure out what to do after a component failed. But it’s not the end of the famous telescope’s life just yet.

Take a 360-Degree Trip Through Hurricane Maria's Clouds In a New NASA Visualization 

It’s been a year since Hurricane Maria rapidly intensified into a terrifying monster storm, and yet scientists are still learning about it. Now, they’ve pulled back the curtain to show the public some of the data they’re looking at.

Cassini Grand Finale Reveals Saturn's Rings Blast the Planet With Organic Rain Cassini Grand Finale Reveals Saturn's Rings Blast the Planet With Organic Rain

The Saturn-orbiting Cassini-Huygens spacecraft died fighting—in fact, it kept gathering data right up until its final plummet into the gas giant. The daring plunge revealed incredible new things about the charismatic planet—like organic ring rain.

As Dust Clears, NASA Spots Possibly Dead Opportunity Rover From Space As Dust Clears, NASA Spots Possibly Dead Opportunity Rover From Space

It’s been 107 agonizing days since NASA last heard from Opportunity, raising fears that the 14-year-old rover has finally expired after being battered by a massive dust storm. The Martian probe may be quiet, but a new photo taken of Opportunity from space is providing some much-needed solace.

NASA’s TESS Space Telescope Has Spotted Its First Exoplanet NASA’s TESS Space Telescope Has Spotted Its First Exoplanet

Say hello to Pi Mensae c—a small, Earth-like planet located nearly 60 light-years from our Solar System. It’s probably not able to sustain life, but it’ll go down in history as the first exoplanet detected by NASA’s new TESS satellite.

Astronomers Spot Unprecedented Glow Around Neutron Star, and Whatever It Is, It’s Important Astronomers Spot Unprecedented Glow Around Neutron Star, and Whatever It Is, It’s Important

Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have glimpsed a neutron star unlike any seen before.

A Great Brown Storm Is Raging on Jupiter A Great Brown Storm Is Raging on Jupiter

During its 15th flyby of Jupiter, NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured a rare image of a Jovian “brown barge.” It’s not nearly as impressive or picturesque as the Great Red Spot, but this big brown splotch is yet another reminder of many complex atmospheric processes happening on our Solar System’s largest planet.

Our Solar System's Largest Asteroid Is Covered in Ice Volcanoes Our Solar System's Largest Asteroid Is Covered in Ice Volcanoes

We usually associate volcanoes with extreme heat. But new results demonstrate that the Solar System’s largest asteroid, Ceres, is covered in volcanoes that have spewed ice throughout their history.

The EU Copyright Directive, Starforce, Ray-Tracing and Apple: Best Gizmodo Posts of the Week The EU Copyright Directive, Starforce, Ray-Tracing and Apple: Best Gizmodo Posts of the Week

The European Union passed its disastrous Copyright Directive this week, including amended versions of its onerous Articles 11 and 13 (the so-called “link tax” and “upload filter,” respectively). There’s still time to make sure it never passes into law by defeating a final ratification vote in January, though given the …

California Governor Jerry Brown Says State Will Launch Its Own Pollution Monitoring Satellite California Governor Jerry Brown Says State Will Launch Its Own Pollution Monitoring Satellite

California Governor Jerry Brown announced on Friday at the Global Climate Action Summit that the state would be launching its “own damn satellite” amid concern that Donald Trump’s administration is minimizing NASA’s role in climate research, Politico reported.

Watch the Last Delta II Rocket Carry ICESat-2 Into Space Watch the Last Delta II Rocket Carry ICESat-2 Into Space

NASA’s last Delta II rocket blasted into the atmosphere from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Saturday carrying the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), Space.com reported, in the rocket’s 155th and final mission.

Mission to Slam Spacecraft Into Asteroid Has Begun Final Design and Construction Mission to Slam Spacecraft Into Asteroid Has Begun Final Design and Construction

A mission to deflect asteroids that might threaten Earth has begun its final design and assembly phase, according to a news release. NASA is testing a technique meant to protect the planet from an impending asteroid strike, and it’s a satisfyingly simple one: They’re gonna slam the ship into the rock.

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