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{FD} This fresh meteoroid impact on Mars triggered a dusty avalanche

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A small space rock crashed into Mars recently, and NASA has captured an amazing view of its crater grave site, as well as the trail from an avalanche triggered by the impact. Continue reading

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{FD} Why does Venus spin so weirdly?

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For years, scientists have been unable to agree on the length of a day on Venus, but one new study might put an end to this confusion. Continue reading

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{FD} Did plate tectonics set the stage for life on Earth?

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A new study suggests that rapid cooling within the Earth’s mantle through plate tectonics played a major role in the development of the first life forms, which in turn led to the oxygenation of the Earth’s atmosphere. The study was published in the Mar… Continue reading

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{FD} This flying space droid wants to make friends with astronauts

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The world’s first flying, autonomous, artificially intelligent (AI) astronaut assistant will soon get to work in space. Continue reading

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{FD} Weird low-light bacteria could potentially thrive on Mars

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An international team of scientists has found that a strange type of bacteria can turn light into fuel in incredibly dim environments. Continue reading

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{FD} Record-Breaking Astronaut Peggy Whitson Retires from NASA

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The United States’ most experienced spaceflyer is hanging up her wings. Continue reading

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{FD} There’s a historic dust storm on Mars — and it’s nothing like ‘The Martian’

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As an intense dust storm rages on Mars , many are wondering — how bad can a Martian storm really be? Tuesday (June 12), NASA’s Opportunity rover stopped communications amid a severe dust storm on the Red Planet. Continue reading

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{FD} This monster black hole’s jet has 125 billion times more energy than the Sun

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A dust-enshrouded, giant black hole ripping apart a star blasted out a superfast jet of particles that packed about 125 billion times the amount of energy the sun releases per year, a new study finds. Continue reading

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{FD} Interstellar comet dust holds clues about the solar system

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Scientists are following a trail of interstellar dust all the way back to the formation of the solar system. Continue reading

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{FD} Do we need a single international language in space?

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Nowadays, most humans leaving Earth must do so through Russian territory. Continue reading

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{FD} NASA is watching a dust storm on Mars the size of North America and Russia combined

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NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars did not return a call from Earth Tuesday (June 12) while enduring a massive dust storm that scientists have called “one of the most intense ever observed.” Continue reading

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{FD} Hawaii volcano: Stunning new satellite photos offer look at lava flows changing paths

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The tale of Hawaii’s recent volcanic eruptions continues to change, much like its fierce lava flows, and new images from space tell the latest chapter. Continue reading

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{FD} Could alien life handle the radiation in 3-Star Alpha Centauri system?

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Well, two out of three ain’t bad. Continue reading

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{FD} PHOTO: NASA’s Curiosity rover is tracking a huge dust storm on Mars

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NASA’s Curiosity rover is keeping tabs on the huge Martian dust storm that has sidelined its older cousin on the other side of the planet. Continue reading

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{FD} Puzzling cosmic glow is caused by diamond dust glamming up stars

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Diamond dust is responsible for a mysterious glow emanating from certain regions of the Milky Way galaxy , a new study reports. Continue reading

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{FD} Mysterious ‘puffy’ objects lurk near the Milky Way’s monster black hole

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Near the supermassive black hole at the Milky Way’s center, astronomers have discovered strange, puffy objects that look like gas clouds but act like stars. Continue reading

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{FD} New Horizons spacecraft wakes up to prepare for historic flyby of distant object

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has woken up from hibernation to prepare for a historic New Year’s Day flyby at the edge of our solar system. Continue reading

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{FD} Curiosity didn’t find life on Mars — But these 2 future rovers might

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NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover hasn’t found signs of alien life, but one of its wheeled brethren just might do so a few short years from now. Continue reading

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{FD} NASA extends Juno Jupiter mission until July 2021

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NASA’s Juno spacecraft will continue studying Jupiter for another three years. Continue reading

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{FD} Did a neutron-star collision make a Black Hole?

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In August 2017, for the first time ever, scientists spotted gravitational waves generated by the merger of two superdense stellar corpses known as neutron stars . Continue reading

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{FD} No need for Planet Nine? Small objects’ gravity could explain weird orbits

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DENVER — Small but rowdy space rocks pushing and jostling one another may have created the unusual orbits some astronomers cite as the signature of the hypothesized ” Planet Nine,” a new study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} The Moon is causing days on Earth to get longer

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Days on Earth are getting longer as the moon slowly moves farther away from us, new research shows. Continue reading

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{FD} Hawaii volcano’s new outburst captured in satellite views

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The volcanic outburst on Hawaii’s Big Island intensified early this week, and satellites have been keeping an eye on the dramatic geological activity. Continue reading

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{FD} A tiny asteroid just hit Earth, sparking a fireball over South Africa

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A small asteroid about the size of a boulder slammed into Earth’s atmosphere Saturday (June 2), incinerating itself in a brilliant fireball caught on video. Continue reading

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{FD} What has NASA’s Curiosity found on Mars?

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NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has apparently found something intriguing on Mars, and the space agency will unveil the discovery Thursday (June 7). Continue reading

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{FD} Mars Cubesats make history with deep-space maneuver

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Two tiny NASA explorers have notched another spaceflight first. Continue reading

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{FD} Having multiple suns doesn’t doom a planet to an early death

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Luke Skywalker’s backstory may not be so fanciful after all. Continue reading

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{FD} NASA is about to have its closest encounter ever with dwarf planet Ceres

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A NASA spacecraft is about to get up close and personal with Ceres, a giant asteroid that also happens to be the only dwarf planet in the inner solar system. Continue reading

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{FD} Galaxy distorted by long-ago collision glows in gorgeous Hubble photo

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A misshapen galaxy shines in a newly released photo captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Continue reading

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{FD} Pluto has dunes, but they’re not made of sand

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Pluto is an uncanny-valley world, with landscapes and vistas that seem strikingly similar to those of Earth — until you take a closer look. Continue reading

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{FD} Apollo 13’s importance: How failure can lead to great success

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Carie Lemack is co-founder and CEO of DreamUp , the first company to bring space into classrooms and classrooms into space. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Lonely’ neutron star looks fabulous in this new close-up

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A rare discovery twinkles in the debris of an ancient supernova: the first isolated neutron star ever found outside the Milky Way. Continue reading

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{FD} Mars makes its closest approach in 15 years this summer: How to see it

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Beginning in early June and continuing into July and August, those who look skyward toward the east-southeast during the evening hours will almost certainly notice a brilliant orange-red “star” shining with a steady light. Continue reading

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{FD} A tarantula and seahorse make up these dazzling nebulas

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Astronomers have captured a striking new image of the Tarantula Nebula that highlights its abundance of stars and stunning luminosity. Continue reading

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{FD} The story of ‘Manhattanhenge’: An NYC phenomenon explained

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Let’s face it. Continue reading

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{FD} Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity space plane aces 2nd powered test flight

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Virgin Galactic’s newest space plane has taken to the skies again. Continue reading

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{FD} Could we build the Millennium Falcon from ‘Star Wars’?

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With so many incredible, newly developing technologies, could we build a real-life Millennium Falcon? Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s new space policy directive 2 could make life easier for SpaceX and others

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The Trump administration’s push to ease regulations on private industry is no longer confined to Earth. Continue reading

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{FD} Dino-killing asteroid impact warmed Earth’s climate for 100,000 years

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Carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere after the impact of the Chicxulub asteroid, which ended the era of dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, warmed the Earth’s climate for 100,000 years, a new study has revealed. Continue reading

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{FD} Decoding alien messages could be the biggest citizen-science project ever

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Stay sharp! Continue reading

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{FD} Mysterious medium-size black holes may lurk at the centers of small galaxies

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The hearts of small galaxies may hide a mysterious kind of black hole that has long proved elusive: medium-size black holes with masses between the mass of a few suns and that of millions of suns, a new study finds. Continue reading

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{FD} The nuclear battle between the Earth and Sun

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Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI science center. Continue reading

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{FD} Here’s why Saturn’s inner moons are shaped like ravioli and potatoes

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The odd shapes of Saturn’s inner moons , which resemble objects ranging from ravioli to potatoes, may be due to mergers of tiny moonlets, a new study finds. Continue reading

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{FD} Ringed, rocky alien planets may hide in plain sight

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Astronomers may have unknowingly discovered rocky planets with rings, which they mistook for other kinds of worlds, a new study finds. Continue reading

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{FD} New NASA chief Bridenstine says humans contribute to climate change ‘in a major way’

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In a NASA town hall yesterday (May 17), NASA’s new administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said that he knows Earth’s climate is changing, and that humans contribute to it “in a major way,” also supporting NASA’s research into that important area. Continue reading

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{FD} Mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ gets more evidence from weird space rock

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The solar system just got a bit stranger. As astronomers continue their ongoing quest to find the elusive Planet Nine, a team found a space rock that lends credence to the idea that a huge super-Earth planet really exists in the outer reaches of our so… Continue reading

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{FD} China launches relay satellite for mission to Moon’s far side

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China just launched a spacecraft that will help pave the way for a historic mission to the moon’s far side later this year. Continue reading

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{FD} Does humanity really need a backup Earth?

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has a vision: He wants to get humans to Mars as soon as possible. He already wowed the world this year, when the Falcon Heavy launched and flung a Tesla car toward the asteroid belt. And this heavy-lift rocket will be dwarfed by th… Continue reading

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{FD} NASA is launching a box of lasers to make the coldest spot in the universe

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With an experiment launching to the International Space Station Monday (May 21), scientists will be able to create a temperature that’s 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space to focus in on atoms’ weird quantum behavior. Continue reading

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{FD} Black hole traffic accidents may produce monster mergers

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New research reveals that some black hole collisions may cascade, with the dense objects crashing into one another to create even more-massive black holes. Continue reading

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