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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:32:43 +0000
Incensed by Pluto’s demotion to the status of dwarf planet, a team of rebellious scientists has launched a plan to strike back and make Pluto great again. The team, which includes researchers from NASA, has put forward a new definition of what makes up a planet, and that new definition would open the door to […]
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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:57:30 +0000
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin’s voyage to the moon and back in 1969, the Apollo 11 command module that carried the trio of astronauts to and from the lunar surface will go on tour starting in October, officials have announced. The command module known as Columbia will […]
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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:25:10 +0000
NASA recently unveiled they’ve discovered a group of seven exoplanets orbiting a single star just 39 light years away from Earth. Each planet is rocky, warm, and could contain liquid water– making them great candidates in the search for life elsewhere in the universe. This finding, reported in the journal Nature on Wednesday, is the first time […]
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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:49:50 +0000
SpaceX has used the iconic Launch Complex 39A at John F. Kennedy Space Center to launch a Falcon 9 rocket and accompanying Dragon cargo capsule towards the International Space Station, the first private launch from a site that lifted off historic NASA missions. NASA commentator George Diller said: “Liftoff of the Falcon 9 to the […]
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Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:56:47 +0000
Data collected by the Dawn spacecraft during its analysis of the dwarf planet Ceres has revealed the presence of organic molecules on the 590 mile (950 km) object, meaning it could potentially host microbial life, according to research published this week in the journal Science. Ceres, which is the largest asteroid and one of five […]
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Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:19:33 +0000
Researchers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have observed, for the first time ever, an enormous object with the composition of a comet being shredded and scattered by a white dwarf, the burned-out husk of a massive star. Researchers said the comet-like object has a chemical makeup comparable to that Halley’s Comet, but it is 100,000 […]
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Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:05:22 +0000
Nobody ever said it was going to be easy, but the discovery of a cluster of recent meteorite impacts on Mars has highlighted a major reason why future colonization of the Red Planet will be an almighty challenge. Among myriad other obstacles, Mars has lower gravity, lower temperatures, and lower atmospheric pressure compared to Earth. […]
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:08:57 +0000
A team of 21 scientists commissioned last summer to evaluate the feasibility of sending a lander to Europa has come up with a box-shaped, thin-legged concept spacecraft capable of drilling into the moon’s icy crust to search for life in its salty subterranean ocean, a new report indicates. The report was commissioned by NASA in […]
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Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:53:01 +0000
Despite actually being closer to us than Mars, Venus has gotten relatively little attention as a potential research target simply because the extremely hot conditions on the planet have been more than our current computer technology could handle for a prolonged period of time However, according to Gizmodo and Ars Technica, that could soon change, […]
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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:42:22 +0000
Earth volcanoes have nothing on their Martian counterparts, according to a new study published this month in the journal Science Advances which revealed that the Red Planet was once home to an eruption that lasted for more than 2 billion years before finally coming to an end. Perhaps that shouldn’t come as a complete surprise, […]
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