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Mission ends: Rosetta orbiter crashes into Comet 67P

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:55:52 +0000

Having reached the end of its functional lifespan, the Rosetta probe is set to make an impact one last time on Friday morning as it prepares to crash into the very comet which it has been studying for the past two-plus years, according to BBC News and New York Times reports. Rosetta, which was built […]

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Don’t miss the rare ‘Black Moon’ in the sky this friday

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:13:53 +0000

Skywatching enthusiasts could have the opportunity to see a rare phenomenon Friday night, as the Western Hemisphere will see its second new moon of the month for the first time in at least two years, according to Space.com and other media reports published this week. Commonly known as a “black moon,” this uncommon event occurs […]

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Elon Musk unveils SpaceX’s ambitious Mars colony plans

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:56:47 +0000

SpaceX chief Elon Musk has made no secret of his desire to establish a human colony on Mars, but what had been lacking were details of how he hoped to make it happen – until Tuesday, that is, when he unveiled his grandiose plan for sending one million people to the Red Planet. Just hours […]

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NASA discovers evidence of massive water jets on Jupiter’s moon Europa

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:45:35 +0000

Images captured using the Hubble Space Telescope seem to confirm that the water plumes first discovered on Europa back in 2012 are real, NASA officials announced on Monday – good news for the possibility of Europa harboring alien life. These water vapor geysers are estimated to rise to heights of roughly 125 miles (200 kilometers) […]

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NASA: ‘New study shows Mercury is shrinking’

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:06:32 +0000

A new NASA-funded study appearing in the October edition of the journal Nature Geoscience has found previously undiscovered cliff-like landforms on Mercury – a discovery which appears to indicate that the planet, like Earth, is currently a tectonically active world. Using images obtained by the Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging spacecraft (MESSENGER), Tom […]

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Team models liquid ocean under Pluto’s surface

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:08:46 +0000

When NASA’s New Horizons probe zoomed past Pluto, it did more than just give us a close-up look at the dwarf planet. It also sparked a debate about a liquid ocean lurking under the planet’s icy surface crust. Now, a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters has used computer modeling to show there is a […]

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Big win for NASA: Congress mandates a mission to Mars

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:25:33 +0000

The US Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee has passed a bipartisan bill that authorizes spending for a manned mission to Mars, but there’s a caveat: NASA must launch said mission within the next 25 years, the first time such a trip has been mandated by law. According to USA Today and the Daily Mail, […]

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China officially fires up world’s largest radio telescope

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:55:54 +0000

The largest radio telescope in the world, a $180 million dollar project that was started back in 2011, was completed and began operations this weekend at a location in southwestern Guizhou Province, China, the Xinhua News Agency and other media outlets have reported. A ceremony to officially launch the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) was […]

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SpaceX discovers the cause of their rocket’s explosion

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:49:08 +0000

A “large breach” in the upper stage helium pressurization system caused a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster to explode earlier this month, destroying both the rocket and its $200 million satellite payload,  the California-based aerospace firm has announced. According to USA Today and Spaceflight Now, a preliminary internal investigation conducted with the assistance of US Air Force, […]

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The universe is expanding faster than we thought, study finds

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:56:05 +0000

The universe is expanding quicker than we expected from observations of the cosmos soon after the Big Bang, according to new data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia space telescope. If the Gaia data has been interpreted properly, scientists would have to lower the age of the universe by a few hundred million years or […]

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