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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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Massive asteroid will narrowly miss Earth this Wednesday

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:03:11 +0000

A fairly large near-Earth asteroid found 3 years ago will travel safely past Earth on April 19 at a range of approximately 1.1 million miles, or around 4.6 times the distance between Earth and the Moon. While there is no chance for the asteroid to smash into our planet, the pass is particularly close for […]

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NASA finds evidence for live-giving thermal vents on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 14:26:42 +0000

A form of chemical energy believed to be capable of supporting microbes has been discovered on Saturn’s moon Enceladus, making it the first extraterrestrial world where direct evidence of potentially life-giving reactions has actually been discovered, NASA announced on Thursday. According to Reuters and the New York Times, scientists working on the space agency’s Cassini […]

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Atmosphere discovered around ‘super Earth’ for the first time ever

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:08:38 +0000

In what is being hailed as “a significant step on the path towards the detection of life outside our Solar System,” astronomers have detected an atmosphere around the exoplanet GJ 1132b, which makes it the most Earth-like world around which such a layer of gasses has ever been found. According to Space.com, GJ 1132b is […]

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VIDEO: Watch how Cassini’s ‘grand finale’ will go down over Saturn

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:53:52 +0000

We all knew this day was coming: 13 years since it entered orbit around Saturn, NASA’s Cassini mission has begun final preparations for its grand finale – a spectacular series of dives which will culminate with the probe making one last plunge and crashing onto the planet’s surface. On Tuesday, April 11, mission control personnel […]

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: I’ll go to Mars after Elon Musk sends his mom

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 13:35:49 +0000

He’s an astrophysicist and cosmologist who has studied and worked at some of the world’s most prestigious universities, written multiple books and won several honors, but Neil deGrasse Tyson has no interest in traveling to Mars – at least, not unless specific conditions are met. As the Washington Post explained, Tyson was answering questions from […]

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Peggy Whitson breaks spacewalking record for a female astronaut 

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:37:44 +0000

It was one small step for (a?) women, one giant leap for womankind as NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson this week set a new spacewalking record for a female astronaut. Together with NASA colleague Shane Kimbrough, Whitson went outside of the International Space Station for the second time in a week. After 4 hours and 23 […]

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