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Moon Express and NanoRacks Partner on Lunar Payloads

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:48:00 EDT

Commercial lunar lander company Moon Express announced an agreement with NanoRacks Oct. 10 to carry commercial payloads to the surface of the moon.

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Companies Seek Roles in NASA's Return to the Moon

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:48:00 EDT

As NASA develops a plan to carry out a new administration policy calling for a human return to the moon, companies developing lunar landers and related infrastructure are seeking to play a role.

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Could the Hunt for Hubble's Constant Overturn the Standard Model of Cosmology?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:40:00 EDT

Two methods that scientists use to measure the expansion of the universe produce different answers. A recent episode of NASA's ScienceCasts video series explores this conundrum.

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Image of the Day

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:05:00 EDT

European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli snapped this photo of Detroit from the International Space Station.

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Watch a NASA Rocket Launch a Supersonic Parachute for Mars Landings

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:00:00 EDT

NASA will launch a small rocket from Virginia's Eastern Shore early Wednesday (Oct. 4) to test a supersonic parachute system for future spacecraft bound for Mars. The launch may be visible to observers along the U.S. East Coast, weather permitting.

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Caught In the Act! Five Black Hole Couples Found Merging (Videos)

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:27:00 EDT

Astronomers have pinpointed five pairs of merging black holes using three different space and ground-based instruments and two sky surveys.

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How Fit Will Astronauts Be After Years in Space?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:25:00 EDT

After spending months or years in space during future long-term missions, returning to Earth can be challenging for astronauts — and one set of researchers is finding out just how challenging using a life-size spacecraft model.

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In Images: The Amazing Discovery of a Neutron-Star Crash, Gravitational Waves & More

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:13:00 EDT

For the first time ever, scientists around the world detected gravitational waves and light from the collision of a pair of neutron stars. See the epic discovery in pictures here.

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'Women of NASA' Lego Set to Launch for Sale Nov. 1

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:05:00 EDT

Four trailblazing figures from NASA's history are set to launch as new Lego minifigures. As-tronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, as well as programmer Margaret Hamilton and astrono-mer Nancy Grace Roman, feature in the Lego Ideas set, "Women of NASA."

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Planet Uranus: Facts About Its Name, Moons and Orbit

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:17:00 EDT

Learn about the history of Uranus (and how it got its name) as well as the physical characteristics of the planet including its rings and moons.

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Coat of Arms for Canada's New Governor General Nods to Her Astronaut Past

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:32:00 EDT

As a Canadian astronaut, Julie Payette used mission patches to represent her spaceflight experiences and personal journey. Now, as Canada's new Governor General, she has a new symbol of her achievements — her coat of arms.

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How Gravitational Waves Led Astronomers to Neutron Star Gold

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:23:00 EDT

The origin of the universe's heaviest elements has mystified scientists, but after Monday's (Oct. 16) historic announcement of the detection of gravitational waves produced by two colliding neutron stars, astronomers have struck gold — literally.

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Neutron-Star Collision Reveals Origin of Gold, Astronomers Say

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:02:00 EDT

An international team of astronomers detected the first gravitational waves from merging neutron stars, and found proof they are the source of the universe's heavy elements, including gold and platinum.

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3D Printers: A Revolutionary Frontier for Medicine

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:01:00 EDT

Mission control on earth receives an urgent communication from Mars that an astronaut has fractured his shinbone. Using a handheld scanning device, the crew takes images of his damaged tibia and transmits them to earth.

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NASA to Leverage Current Planning for 45-Day Exploration Report

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 EDT

A shift in focus in NASA's exploration plans to the moon won't have an immediate effect on planning for the first flight of the agency's Space Launch System rocket, now expected no sooner than late 2019.

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Space Calendar 2017: Launches, Sky Events & More

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:00:00 EDT

Here's a guide to the major astronomical events of the next year, as well as space launches and milestones for spacecrafts already in travel.

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The Future of Space Is Coming…'Soonish'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:47:00 EDT

In their new book "Soonish" (Penguin Press, 2017), out today (Oct. 17), Kelly and Zach Weinersmith dig into 10 realms of future technology to see which will survive, which will likely flounder and which could change (or ruin) everything.

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Why Gravitational Waves Are So Exhilarating

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:20:00 EDT

The gravitational-wave research community seems to be having a remarkable string of good luck. Here's what the smashing finding means.

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In Videos: Gravitational Wave Detection from Neutron-Star Crash

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:22:00 EDT

For the first time, gravitational waves generated by the merger of two neutron stars have been detected. And that merger was also confirmed optically!

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