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SpaceX announces plans to return to spaceflight in January

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:56:54 +0000

After a Sept. 1 blast ripped apart one of its Falcon 9 rockets, SpaceX has announced it is targeting early January for its return to spaceflight. SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk had said the company was aiming for mid-December for its next mission, which is slated to send 10 spacecraft into orbit for […]

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Self-healing chips could be the next step in space exploration

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:31:47 +0000

A new breakthrough, announced Wednesday during the International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco, could bring NASA one step closer towards their goal of developing spacecraft made from a single silicon chip – a breakthrough that could significantly cut space travel time. Based on the US space agency’s calculations, chip-sized spacecraft could travel at a […]

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NASA releases images of Saturn from Cassini probe’s new close orbit

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:31:20 +0000

NASA has released the Cassini spacecraft’s first pictures from its new orbit above Saturn. The most prominent feature in the new photos is the hexagon-shaped storm in Saturn’s northern hemisphere. Recently, the craft started a new stage of its mission – one which involves a number of dazzling maneuvers over the upcoming nine months. This […]

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Virgin Galactic’s new spaceship completes first test flight

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:16:11 +0000

Looking to return to spaceflight following a fatal 2014 crash, Virgin Galactic’s new spacecraft completed its first successful glide last week, flying free for 10 minutes and reaching speeds of Mach 0.6 after being released mid-flight by a carrier airplane, published reports indicate. According to the AFP, the new-model SpaceShipTwo known as the VSS Unity […]

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This 6-foot wide asteroid is the smallest ever found

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:02:39 +0000

Scientists have made observations of the smallest asteroid ever described in detail, according to a new report in The Astronomical Journal. At 6 feet across, the small space stone named 2015 TC25 was also found to be one of the brightest near-Earth asteroids ever discovered. Using information from four different telescopes, a team of scientists […]

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Giant water deposit could be the key to a base on Mars

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:43:47 +0000

A recently-discovered cache of subsurface water ice on Mars may very well be the key to the success of future manned missions to the Red Planet, serving as an oasis for the astronauts who are charged with establishing a colony or outpost on the barren world, experts warn. The ice deposits, which were discovered beneath […]

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ESA receives first images from the Trace Gas Orbiter around Mars

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:32:55 +0000

A European Space Agency orbiter recently evaluated its collection of onboard devices in Mars orbit for the first time, resulting in some breathtaking images and suggesting a bright future for the mission. The Trace Gas Orbiter arrived at the Red Planet back on October 19, and sent back its first images to Earth on November […]

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Cassini spacecraft to enter ‘ring-grazing orbit’ around Saturn on Tuesday

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:01:03 +0000

Tuesday marks the beginning of the end for NASA’s Cassini mission, as the titular spacecraft will enter a new “ring-grazing” orbit that will bring it to within 5,000 miles of Saturn’s F-ring, the first step in its “Grand Finale” after 12 years of studying the planet and its moons. According to The Verge, Cassini will […]

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The Space Poop Challenge: Will you help astronauts poop in deep space?

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:58:47 +0000

Imagine you’re in space and all of a sudden – nature calls. Not Number One, but Number Two. It’s not looking pretty. Currently, astronauts wear adult diapers to address this issue, but that solution only fixes the problem for a day, a day-and-a-half at most. NASA wants to find a better way to address pooping […]

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Was Einstein wrong about the speed of light?

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:23:12 +0000

Long believed to be one of the most fundamental constants in all of physics, the speed of light may not have always been the same, and now the scientist who initially raised that possibility in 1998 reports in a new study that he has developed a way to find out for sure. As Quartz and […]

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