space probe


: a device that is used to obtain information from outer space and send it back to Earth

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Recent Examples on the Web Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope and the Galileo space probe have detected evidence of water plumes erupting from Europa’s surface, potentially indicating the subsurface sea has a source of heat that could sustain organisms. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Mar. 2024 The Voyager 1 space probe, launched in 1977, has a nuclear battery. Rhett Allain, WIRED, 23 Feb. 2024 The New York Times is reporting that the Japanese space probe Hayabusa -- sent to physically land on the asteroid Itokawa, get a sample of the rock, and return to Earth -- may have come back without such samples. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 2 July 2010 Soon, Tony Taylor was on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's navigation team for the Voyager 2 space probe, which NASA launched on Aug. 20, 1977. Dina Kaur, The Arizona Republic, 9 Jan. 2024 Its inspiration is the August 1977 launch of the Voyager 2 space probe, which carried the golden record of images, speech and music meant to explain Earth to any extraterrestrial life. Laura Collins-Hughes, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2023 After a successful launch today, a space probe will begin a six-year journey to an asteroid called Psyche that could open new windows into everything from the formation of planets like Earth to the prospect of mining in space. Jason Thomson, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Oct. 2023 Pale Blue Dot: In 1990, the Voyager I space probe looked back at Earth from about 6 billion kilometers. Jimmy Soni, IEEE Spectrum, 12 July 2017 Researchers looked to data collected in 2008 and 2009 by the Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument onboard India’s Chandrayaan 1 space probe, which had data from full moons. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 19 Sep. 2023

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“Space probe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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