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Space’s Trash Collector? A Japanese Entrepreneur Wants the Job

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:00:15 GMT

A vacuum chamber used to test parts of Astroscale’s IDEA OSG 1 satellite at the company’s factory in Tokyo. The satellite, scheduled to be launched next year, will compile data on the density of space debris.A start-up company called Astroscale is dedicated to cleaning up some of humanity’s hardest-to-reach rubbish, and its plans include a small satellite with an adhesive glue.


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Trilobites: How Cassini Will Begin Its Date With Death on Saturn

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:44:35 GMT

On Wednesday, the spacecraft that has studied Saturn for a dozen years will commence a series of maneuvers that will graze the planet’s rings.



Out There: Telescope That ‘Ate Astronomy’ Is on Track to Surpass Hubble

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:58:57 GMT

The 18 mirrors that make up the heart of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, at the Goddard Space Flight Center.After 20 years, the James Webb Space Telescope is now on schedule for a 2018 launch.


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A Heavy Heart May Have Rolled Pluto Over

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:00:25 GMT

Pluto and the bright feature informally called its “heart.”A bright, heart-shape feature on Pluto is near its equator, on the side facing away from Pluto’s largest moon. That is probably not coincidence.


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NASA and FEMA Rehearse for the Unthinkable: An Asteroid Strike on Los Angeles

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:27:11 GMT

An artist’s concept of a near-Earth object.Last month, the agencies participated in a simulation of an asteroid crashing into Earth.


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If a ‘Big Whack’ Made the Moon, Did it Also Knock the Earth on Its Side?

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 21:14:06 GMT

New calculations explain the formation of the moon and how Earth may have been tilted, too.A new study suggests that it did. It also explains that the collision can explain the formation of the moon without a second event.


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Venus: Inhospitable, and Perhaps Instructional

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:13:12 GMT

A rendering of the Akatsuki probe, which is orbiting Venus seeking climate data.It is hoped that a Japanese space probe, Akatsuki, orbiting Venus will provide insights that could help in understanding Earth’s weather.


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Under Hawaii’s Starriest Skies, a Fight Over Sacred Ground

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:00:07 GMT

A panorama of the Milky Way from Mauna Kea, Hawaii. From left, University of Hawaii 2.2 Meter Telescope, Mauna Kea Summit, Kilauea Volcano under cloud cover and Mauna Loa.The effort to build the Thirty Meter Telescope has been held up by Hawaiians who say it desecrates Mauna Kea, one of their most beloved mountains.


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For Rosetta, a Landing and an Ending on a Comet

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:32:58 GMT

This false-color image, taken by the Rosetta spacecraft at a distance of 45 miles, shows the smooth region that connects the two lobes of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.The spacecraft is to end its 12-year pursuit of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on Friday. Here is what the European Space Agency mission found out.


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NASA Aims at an Asteroid Holding Clues to the Solar System’s Roots

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 22:54:53 GMT

The Osiris-Rex robotic spacecraft is set to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla. In July 2020, it is to slowly descend to the asteroid Bennu and then move like a pogo stick on its surface, grabbing a sample.The robotic spacecraft Osiris-Rex, to be launched Thursday, will chase down Bennu and then, hopefully, return with a sample from its surface.


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Out There: Twinkle, Twinkle Little [Insert Name Here]

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:35:40 GMT

The Tarantula Nebula in infrared light, as captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.An international astronomy group has published a first set of approved names for 227 stars, seeing that there are more Mimosas and fewer HD 85512s.


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3 Months After Explosion, SpaceX Plans to Launch Rocket Bearing Satellites

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:02:39 GMT

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded during the test firing of its engines at a launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sept. 1.The launch hinges on approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, which is reviewing SpaceX’s investigation of the Sept. 1 launchpad explosion.


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Russian Spacecraft Carrying Supplies Burns Up in Flight

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:06:40 GMT

The Progress 65 spacecraft in Kazakhstan on Tuesday. No astronauts were aboard when it failed to reach orbit on Thursday and largely burned up in the atmosphere as it fell back down.The cargo ship, which was not carrying any astronauts, disappeared shortly after liftoff, according to Roscosmos, the Russian space agency.


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Buzz Aldrin Is Evacuated From the South Pole After Falling Ill

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:23:33 GMT

Buzz Aldrin in Australia in November.The former astronaut and second man to walk on the moon was flown to a New Zealand hospital and was in “good spirits,” a tour operator said.


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A Conversation With: C. Megan Urry, Peering Into Universe, Spots Bias on the Ground

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:13:19 GMT

C. Megan UrryThe first woman to head the Yale physics department — she specializes in the study of black holes — has continued to combat gender inequities in science.


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