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Out There: Cassini’s Grand Finale: A Dive Between Saturn and Its Rings

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:07:57 GMT

An image from the Cassini spacecraft shows Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn.The spacecraft is set to venture into the gap between Saturn and its innermost ring 22 times until Sept. 15, then crash into the planet.

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Plumes From Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Hint That It Could Support Life

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:11:10 GMT

Rows of plumes rise from ice fractures on the surface of Enceladus.Data from the Cassini spacecraft suggest that hydrothermal vents could provide ingredients for microbes or other forms of alien life to exist.

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A New Exoplanet May Be Most Promising Yet in Search for Life

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:11:42 GMT

An artist’s impression of the newly discovered rocky exoplanet. The exoplanet is close enough that astronomers are hopeful that with the next generation of big telescopes, they will be able to probe its atmosphere for signs of water or other evidence of suitability for life.The planet, about 40 light years from Earth, is close enough that astronomers hope they will someday be able to probe its atmosphere for signs of water or other evidence of suitability for life.

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Trilobites: Photos of Jupiter From NASA Spacecraft, Both Near and Far

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 22:47:34 GMT

The Hubble Space Telescope took this photograph of Jupiter on Monday as part of an annual global survey to look for changes in the storms, winds and clouds.The Juno space probe and the Hubble Space Telescope recorded new images of Jupiter that will help scientists study the solar system’s largest planet.

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Jeff Bezos Says He Is Selling $1 Billion a Year in Amazon Stock to Finance Race to Space

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 02:33:15 GMT

A reusable rocket booster, right, and full-scale mockup of a capsule from Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin rocket company on display at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.Standing with a reusable booster and a model of a capsule for carrying humans into space, the billionaire disclosed that he had been financing his rocket company by selling shares in his company.

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SpaceX Launches a Satellite With a Partly Used Rocket

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:42:22 GMT

A Falcon 9 rocket after a successful launch at the Kennedy Space Center.The use of a rocket booster that had flown once before may open an era of cheaper space travel, particularly for business ventures like satellite companies.

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Recycled Rockets Could Drop Costs, Speed Space Travel

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:09:49 GMT

The recovered first stage from a launch last April completed a static fire test at McGregor, Texas in January. This booster is to lift a communications satellite to orbit on Thursday.Reusing boosters are not a new idea, but SpaceX proved on Thursday the technology works. It may be a faster gateway to the solar system.

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Flecks of Extraterrestrial Dust, All Over the Roof

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:24:00 GMT

Varieties of space dust, barely the width of a human hair. These photomicrographs were made with a special camera setup that magnifies the dust grains nearly 3,000 times.A jazz musician from Norway hunted bits of cosmic debris for eight years and found it everywhere. Turns out, tons of it land every day.

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Out There: Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:47:03 GMT

A Hubble Space Telescope image of a group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273.A small discrepancy in the value of a long-sought number has fostered a debate about just how well we know the cosmos.

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Vera Rubin, 88, Dies; Opened Doors in Astronomy, and for Women

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 22:00:08 GMT

Vera Rubin in the 1970s, when she mapped the distribution of mass in spiral galaxies by measuring how fast they rotated.Dr. Rubin, who was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1993, ushered in the cosmic realization that most of the universe is invisible.

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Asteroid Misses Earth Narrowly, by Cosmic Standards

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:16:19 GMT

A computer-generated image depicts the flyby of asteroid 2014 JO25, which didn’t hit the Earth, but NASA is preparing for one that might.The asteroid, 2014 JO25, which is approximately 2,000 feet end-to-end, was about 1.1 million miles away when it passed by on Wednesday morning.

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Out There: ‘Genius’ Unravels the Mysteries of Einstein’s Universe

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:42:40 GMT

Albert Einstein at the opening of the Jewish Pavilion at the World’s Fair in Queens in 1939. “Genius,” a new 10-part series about Einstein, will premiere on the National Geographic Channel on April 25.A new series on the National Geographic Channel introduces viewers to the man behind the cuddly accent and the curvatures of space-time.

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