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If No One Owns the Moon, Can Anyone Make Money Up There?

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:58:32 GMT

The moon has been overlooked since NASA's Apollo missions. Private companies are now looking to set up shop.Ambiguities in the 50-year-old Outer Space Treaty may be getting in the way of entrepreneurs seeking opportunities elsewhere in our solar system.

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Trilobites: New Pacific Island Could Resemble Ancient Martian Volcanoes

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:48:32 GMT

The crater lake from the summit rim at the center of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, which was formed by an underwater volcanic eruption in 2014. Scientists studying the new land mass hope it can serve as a template for better understanding ancient Mars.An explosive volcanic eruption in 2014 resulted in a new addition to the Tonga Islands. Its shifting landscape could help scientists studying Mars.

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Out There: An Interstellar Visitor Both Familiar and Alien

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:02:39 GMT

An artist’s impression of the Oumuamua asteroid, which astronomers believe is about 800 yards long by 80 yards wide. It was discovered in October, zipping through our solar system at 40,000 miles an hour.Astronomers offer new details about Oumuamua, a probable asteroid arriving from beyond the solar system and leaving in a big hurry.

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A Nearby Earth-Size Planet May Have Conditions for Life

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:32:45 GMT

An artist’s impression of a newly discovered planet and its red dwarf star, Ross 128. The planet, 11 light-years away, is roughly the size of Earth but closer to Ross 128 than our planet, or even Mercury, is to our sun.Astronomers have found a planet circling Ross 128, a quiet red star in our own galactic neighborhood.

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Trilobites: Dream Chaser Space Plane Aces Glide Test

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 22:39:15 GMT

The crewless Dream Chaser lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California on Saturday after a successful test flight.Built by Sierra Nevada Corporation, the space plane that brings to mind NASA’s retired shuttles completed a successful test flight and landing on Saturday.

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NASA’s Rocket to Deep Space May Not Be Ready Until 2020

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 23:08:55 GMT

An illustration of the NASA Space Launch System, a heavy-lift rocket still in development. NASA says it won’t get off the ground until the end of 2019 at the earliest.Technological hiccups, a tornado and other factors have slowed the Space Launch System that NASA hopes will carry astronauts to the moon and Mars.

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LIGO Detects Fierce Collision of Neutron Stars for the First Time

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:17:34 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 22:24:51 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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Cassini Vanishes Into Saturn, Its Mission Celebrated and Mourned

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:36:52 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 22:53:10 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 22:51:51 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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Feature: The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA’s Voyager Probes Across the Universe

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 17:41:54 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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Trump Announces That the Moon Is Astronauts’ Next Destination

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:07:31 GMT

A so-called ‘supermoon’ behind the Capitol and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington earlier this month. President Trump signed a policy directive Monday confirming that the moon should be the next destination for astronauts.The presidential directive called for partnership with other nations and commercial companies but did not offer details about schedule or cost.

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What We Learned in 2017

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:28:24 GMT

Eclipse-watchers on Nye Beach in Newport, Ore., on Aug. 21.Developments in science, medicine and health that we’re still thinking about at year’s end.

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