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We’ve created a ‘bubble’ around the Earth

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:10:37 +0000

The effects of human activity have long been cited as a primary cause of global climate change, but new research from NASA has revealed that our use of technology also appears to be having an impact not just on the planet, but on Earth’s near-space environment as well. As the US space agency announced on […]

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NASA’s Mars plans include a one-year mission to the Moon

Fri, 12 May 2017 18:00:05 +0000

Before sending a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s, NASA may have a group of astronauts spend a year in orbit around the moon, officials from the space agency’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate revealed earlier this week at an event in Washington DC. Speaking at the Human to Mars Summit on Tuesday, […]

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Atmosphere of distant ‘warm Neptune’ fascinates astronomers

Fri, 12 May 2017 16:17:27 +0000

A mixture of images from NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer telescopes has resulted in fascinating observations of the exoplanet HAT-P-26b, which is classified as a ‘warm Neptune’. Water vapor and exotic clouds have been spotted in the atmosphere of the distant alien planet, which is 430 light-years away from Earth. The planet displayed a preponderance of […]

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Ancient Australian rocks could hold the key to finding life on Mars

Wed, 10 May 2017 17:43:35 +0000

Where did life on Earth begin? Answering that question might help us pinpoint where to look for life on Mars. One theory about how life began on Earth posits that it was in freshwater hot spring environments on land. This contradicts the popular theory that it started in deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Charles Darwin even put […]

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(Video) Classified space plane returns to Earth after nearly 2 years in space

Mon, 08 May 2017 16:47:55 +0000

Nearly two years after it launched, the US Air Force’s reusable, unmanned X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle ended its classified mission on Sunday, becoming the first spacecraft in nearly six years to touch down at the Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida. It was the fourth mission for the USAF’s X-37B program, and according […]

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It’s here: NASA unveils plan to send astronauts to Mars

Mon, 01 May 2017 15:51:49 +0000

It’s been common knowledge that NASA has wanted to send astronauts to Mars within the next two decades, but those proposals have been long on ambition and short on details – until now, as the US space agency has unveiled its five-step plan to send humans to the Red Planet. In a new report issued […]

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‘Giant hurricane’ on Saturn spotted in latest Cassini dive

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:28:05 +0000

Not only did the Cassini spacecraft manage to survive its first dive between Saturn and its rings on Wednesday, but it managed to obtain the closest images of the gas giant’s atmosphere to date – including a picture of what NASA officials are referring to as a “giant hurricane.” According to Space.com, Cassini came within […]

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NASA is running out of spacesuits– and new ones might be a decade away

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:54:53 +0000

Houston, we have a problem: NASA is running low on functional space suits, and while the US space agency has reportedly invested approximately $200 million to develop next-gen ones to be used on deep-space missions, they are still said to be several years away from being ready. The problems are highlighted in a new report […]

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Newly-discovered ice planet is ‘much colder than Hoth’

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:26:06 +0000

Researchers have discovered a new planet that has about the same mass as Earth and orbits its star at about the same distance separating our home planet from its sun – but that doesn’t mean that the conditions are suitable for life, as the planet is far too cold to be habitable. In fact, as […]

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Cassini snaps beautiful photo of Earth before final ‘death dive’

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:53:44 +0000

This weekend marks the beginning of the end for Cassini, as after 13 years of studying Saturn and its moons, the NASA spacecraft will change course, complete one final flyby of the moon Titan, and ultimately plunge to a fiery demise in the atmosphere of the gas giant itself. Cassini, which began its journey over […]

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