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Here’s why NASA is launching bacteria into the eclipse on balloons

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:44:55 +0000

As you may have heard, there’s a little thing called the Great American Solar Eclipse coming up next week , and while most people are excited because it will be the first total solar eclipse to be visible across the entire contiguous US in nearly a century, NASA plans to seize the opportunity to do […]

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The Sun’s core spins four times faster than its surface

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:08:28 +0000

For decades, astronomers have wondered if the sun’s core spins faster than its surface, and now, thanks to an international team of scientists, they have the answer: the interior makes a complete rotation in one week, which is 3.8 times faster than the middle and outermost layers. Researchers from the French National Center for Scientific […]

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Fourth grader applies to become NASA’s Planetary Protection Officer

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:27:50 +0000

When NASA announced recently that it was seeking applicants for a new Planetary Protection Officer position – someone to keep Earth safe from alien microbes and other worlds from being contaminated by terrestrial organisms – there was no doubt that it would draw lots of interest. Among those who took the time to apply for […]

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NASA seeking Planetary Protection Officer – no tinfoil hat required!

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:29:14 +0000

If you’ve ever wanted to safeguard the Earth from the threat of the alien menace, or ensure that humanity doesn’t proliferate throughout the galaxy carelessly contaminating everything in comes in contact with – all while making a six-figure salary – NASA has the perfect job for you! As reported by CNET, BBC News and countless […]

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Thieves swipe moon lander replica from Armstrong museum

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 20:22:49 +0000

A solid-gold replica of the moon lander that carried Neil Armstrong to the lunar surface in 1969 was stolen from a museum in his hometown last Friday, just days after a bag used by the Apollo 11 astronaut to collect samples was sold at auction for the reported sum of $1.8 million. According to CNET […]

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Have researchers finally found the first-ever exomoon?

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:11:30 +0000

While astronomers have located more than 1,000 verified exoplanets and several thousand other potential candidates, they have yet to find a confirmed exomoon, but now, a new study posted to the arXiv prepublication server could provide evidence of the first such discovery. According to Engadget and BBC News, Dr. David Kipping, an assistant professor of […]

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The Moon is full of water, new study finds

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:22:11 +0000

A new analysis of satellite data has found several ancient volcanic deposits on the lunar surface that are filled with unexpectedly high amounts of water in comparison to the surrounding terrain, suggesting that the moon’s interior could contain far more H2O previously realised. As part of their research, which was published online Monday in the […]

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Neil Armstrong’s lunar sample bag may set records at auction

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:21:31 +0000

A bag used by NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong to collect dust and rocks from the lunar surface is expected to bring in an otherworldly sum when it goes up for auction (along with several other pieces of important space memorabilia) later on this week at Sotheby’s in New York City. Used by Armstrong to transport […]

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VIDEO: NASA releases new Pluto flyover animation

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:53:02 +0000

If you’re among the countless space science enthusiasts who wondered what the New Horizons spacecraft’s 2015 flyover of  Pluto might have looked like, you’re in luck – NASA has released a new video that gives all of us an up-close look at the surface terrain of the dwarf planet. The footage, which was created using […]

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Up-close images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot released

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:34:18 +0000

NASA has released stunning new images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot that were captured earlier this week by the US space agency’s Juno spacecraft and which provides an up-close look at what is believed to be the largest and most powerful storm system in the solar system. According to CBS News and Spaceflight Now reports, […]

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