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LIGO Detects Fierce Collision of Neutron Stars for the First Time

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:17:34 GMT

An artist’s rendering of the merger of two neutron stars from Aug. 17.Seen and heard, the fireball is a stunning breakthrough into kilonovas, bursts of energy believed to produce metals like gold and uranium in the universe.

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It Was a Universe-Shaking Announcement. But What Is a Neutron Star Anyway?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:24:51 GMT

An image captured by the Very Large Telescope in Chile shows light from a kilonova, or merging of two neutron stars, indicated by the red arrow, in the galaxy NGC 4993.Here are answers to some questions you might have about the discovery that was announced on Monday.

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Space Council Chooses the Moon as Trump Administration Priority

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:02:35 GMT

Vice President Mike Pence announced on Thursday a fresh push to put Americans in space, including on the moon, at a meeting of a reinstated National Space Council.Vice President Mike Pence accused the Obama administration of neglecting the space program, while others saw an ongoing renaissance.

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Elon Musk’s Mars Vision: A One-Size-Fits-All Rocket. A Very Big One.

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 19:03:09 GMT

The chief executive of SpaceX, Elon Musk, at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, on Friday.Mr. Musk’s booster, scaled back from last year’s plan but still the largest ever, could take travelers to Mars, the moon — or around the world in minutes.

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Trilobites: A Deep Blue Vision of Earth From an Asteroid Hunter

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:22:13 GMT

As it slingshotted past Earth at 19,000 miles per hour on Friday, NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft made a composite portrait of the planet.

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Cassini Vanishes Into Saturn, Its Mission Celebrated and Mourned

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 23:36:52 GMT

Saturn’s Northern hemisphere as observed by Cassini on Wednesday.Orbiting the ringed planet since 2004, the spacecraft solved some mysteries and made discoveries that upended our notions about the solar system.

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Cassini Is Gone. Here Are the Next Space Missions to Watch Out For.

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:53:10 GMT

An image sent from NASA’s Opportunity rover shows “Wdowiak Ridge,” on Mars. The rover will be joined by a handful of other craft in the coming years.Now that Cassini has gone out in a blaze of glory, here's our guide to cosmic missions over the next decade that you should get excited about now.

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Back to Saturn? Five Missions Proposed to Follow Cassini

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:51:51 GMT

An artist’s illustration of a proposed mission that would send flying drones to explore Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.Although NASA does not have yet a follow-up mission to Saturn on its schedule, scientists are dreaming up ideas for one.

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Out There: Cassini Flies Toward a Fiery Death on Saturn

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:13:41 GMT

An illustration showing Cassini above Saturn’s northern hemisphere before making a final dive into the planet’s atmosphere.Launched in 1997, the Cassini-Huygens mission has reshaped scientific understanding of the solar system’s most exotic planet and its mysterious moons.

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Trilobites: Casting Light on Mystery of a Star That Vanished After 14 Days

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:00:13 GMT

The ball of glowing gas is a remnant of an explosion that occurred in 1437 and was spotted by astronomers in Korea. The red lines point to the “cataclysmic variable” system that produced an explosion. New research retraces its motion across the sky.First spotted by Korean astronomers in 1437, scientists have found it again in the form of a violent star system that experienced a nova explosion.

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Chasing Shadows for a Glimpse of a Tiny World Beyond Pluto

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:39:21 GMT

An artist’s rendering of one possible version of the Kuiper belt object 2014 MU69, the next flyby target for NASA’s New Horizons mission.From just five blinks of starlight, scientists now know more about the next destination of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft.

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Feature: The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA’s Voyager Probes Across the Universe

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:41:54 GMT

Larry Zottarelli, who recently retired from the Voyager flight crew.As the Voyager mission is winding down, so, too, are the careers of the aging explorers who expanded our sense of home in the galaxy.

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Detecting a Kilonova Explosion

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:00:23 GMT

For the first time, astronomers have seen and heard a pair of neutron stars collide in a crucible of cosmic alchemy.