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{FD} RIP, Kepler: NASA’s revolutionary planet-hunting telescope runs out of fuel

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The most prolific planet-hunting machine in history has signed off. Continue reading

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{FD} Stratolaunch’s rocket carrier, the biggest airplane ever built, aces fastest runway test yet

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The biggest airplane ever built, which will tote a variety of satellite-launching rockets into the sky, just got a step closer to flight. Continue reading

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{FD} Watch NASA break a speed record in this Mars parachute test

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NASA is preparing technology for use on its Mars 2020 rover mission, due to land on the Red Planet in February 2021 — and it’s breaking world records along the way. Continue reading

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{FD} Number of habitable exoplanets found by NASA’s Kepler may not be so high after all

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The tally of potentially habitable alien planets may have to be revised downward a bit. Continue reading

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{FD} Spaceflight might expand your mind, but it shrinks your brain

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Going to space does more than change the way you look at the world — it also changes your brain. Continue reading

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{FD} NASA snaps incredible photo of cat’s paw nebula

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We all “knead” more space photos in our lives, so here’s a stunning one from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope of a region of the Milky Way that scientists call the Cat’s Paw Nebula . Continue reading

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{FD} Monster black hole mergers may be common

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The collision of black holes harboring millions or billions of times the mass of the sun are likely common throughout the universe, a new study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} How did an oddball planet like Mercury form?

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With its massive iron core and ultrathin crust, Mercury is something of an oddball in the solar system. Continue reading

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{FD} Here’s what Earth looks like when you’re heading to the Sun

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will never return to Earth — but it can still look back on where it came from. Continue reading

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{FD} BepiColombo, the first Mercury mission in 14 years, launches tonight

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It’s been more than 14 years since a spacecraft launched toward Mercury, so don’t miss your chance to watch a rocket do just that. Continue reading

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{FD} The largest galaxy supercluster from the early universe has been spotted

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Scientists recently uncovered the largest known structure of the ancient universe. Continue reading

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{FD} Stephen Hawking’s children and colleagues discuss physicist’s final book, legacy

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In his final book, released Oct. 16, Stephen Hawking tackles big questions about the universe, delving into physics, cosmology, the existence of God and the future direction of humanity. Continue reading

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{FD} NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting space telescope wakes up again

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The Kepler wake-up whipsaw continues. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Crazy’ rocky surface of asteroid Ryugu revealed in MASCOT Lander images

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BERLIN — A shoebox-sized European space robot turned up a few surprises when it hopped around on an asteroid last week. Continue reading

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{FD} Should we be worried about Russian rockets?

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The failed launch of the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft with two space fliers aboard adds a new chapter to an already long story of mishaps and failures besetting the Russian space industry, according to space safety experts. Continue reading

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{FD} Opportunity Rover still silent on Mars, 4 months after epic dust storm

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The Opportunity rover’s silent stretch on Mars has now reached four months. Continue reading

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{FD} Empty Space Station? NASA prepares for the worst (but hopes for the best) after Soyuz abort

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A few months from now, the International Space Station (ISS) could be unoccupied for the first time in nearly two decades. Continue reading

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{FD} Mysterious deep-space flashes: 19 more ‘fast radio bursts’ found

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A huge haul of newfound fast radio bursts (FRBs) may help astronomers finally start to get a handle on these mysterious and powerful blasts from deep space. Continue reading

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{FD} Here’s what the search for life needs next, scientists say

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A few decades ago, finding life beyond Earth was an idle dream — but today, astrobiology is a thriving field, fed by incredible discoveries across different realms of science and the possibility of still more to come. Continue reading

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{FD} Jupiter moon Europa’s jagged ice towers could imperil robot landers

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Exploring the tropics of Jupiter’s ocean moon Europa would be no walk on the beach. Continue reading

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{FD} Cassini’s death dive into Saturn reveals weird ring ‘rain’ & other surprises

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To distant, Earthling eyes, the gap between Saturn and its rings looks calm, like a deep breath of empty space between one beautifully intricate structure and another. But in 11 new papers, born from the demise of one of NASA’s most beloved planetary s… Continue reading

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{FD} Incredibly weird microbes found deep underground could change search for life on Mars

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Life on Earth just got weirder, and that may have intriguing implications for life beyond this planet. Continue reading

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{FD} First Exomoon found? Neptune-sized world possibly spotted orbiting alien planet

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Scientists may have bagged the first-ever exomoon. Continue reading

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{FD} NASA’s aging planet-hunting Kepler telescope is struggling to see straight

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The reign of NASA’s champion exoplanet-hunting telescope Kepler may be coming to an end this month, according to an update from the agency posted yesterday (Sept. 28). Continue reading

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{FD} Should we land on Venus again? Scientists are trying to decide

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Venus is an extraordinarily beautiful hellscape: its clouds are made of sulfuric acid, its surface is so hot it would melt even lead, and its winds constantly hit hurricane-force speeds. Continue reading

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{FD} How the Curiosity Rover detected a monster Mars dust storm will surprise you

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NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover noticed this summer’s monster dust storm fairly early on — but not in the way you might expect. Continue reading

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{FD} Alien laser beams? Student project scans sky for intelligent life

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An ambitious, student-run hunt for intelligent aliens is underway. Continue reading

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{FD} Thousands of worms are launching into space soon. You know, for science.

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Worms don’t get a whole lot of respect here on Earth, but later this year, thousands of them will take the journey of a lifetime when they head to the International Space Station . Continue reading

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{FD} The stuff falling into this black hole is moving at almost 56,000 miles a second!

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A glob of material the size of Earth is getting sucked into a black hole at nearly one-third the speed of light, a new study reports. Continue reading

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{FD} Why alternate universes might also host life around their stars

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What might stars be like in other universes? Continue reading

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{FD} Here comes the Sun! Parker Solar probe instruments see ‘first light’

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As Parker Solar Probe prepares for an unprecedented close-up of the sun, the new spacecraft sent data home showing that all is well in the mission. Continue reading

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{FD} Japanese startup ispace to launch Moon lander missions on SpaceX rockets

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A Japanese company that aims to help humanity explore and settle the moon will fly its first two lunar missions with SpaceX. Continue reading

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{FD} A base on Mars? It could happen by 2028, Elon Musk says

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Humanity could have an outpost on Mars just a decade from now, Elon Musk said. Continue reading

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{FD} Astronaut Trump? Ivanka says she wanted to go to space in NASA visit

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While Ivanka Trump has a high-profile job advising her father, the president of the United States, she told the International Space Station Expedition 56 crew Thursday (Sept. 20) that she had different childhood ambitions. Continue reading

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{FD} After Pluto, New Horizons probe draws near to its next target: Ultima Thule

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Don’t sleep on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. Continue reading

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{FD} Rover team confident Curiosity will bounce back from glitch

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It’s still unclear exactly what’s ailing NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover , but mission team members are optimistic they can get the six-wheeled robot up and running again. Continue reading

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{FD} The new BFR: How SpaceX’s giant rocket-spaceship combo for Mars has changed

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SpaceX’s Mars-colonizing Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceflight system just went through a growth spurt. Continue reading

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{FD} Astronauts going to Mars will absorb crazy amounts of radiation. Now we Know how much.

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There are plenty of challenges to putting people on Mars, whether you look at the rocket, the astronaut or the planet itself. Continue reading

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{FD} NASA’s new planet hunter just found its 1st alien world — an evaporating ‘Super-Earth’

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NASA’s newest planet-hunting mission has reported detecting its first alien world — a “super-Earth” that is likely evaporating under the heat from its star, a new study finds. Continue reading

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{FD} Tiny satellites headed to Mars likely are first of many

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Two tiny explorers are pushing the bounds of their kind, but if scientists have their way, the two adventurers will soon have plenty of company. Continue reading

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{FD} SpaceX Will Fly a Japanese Billionaire (and Artists, Too!) Around the Moon in 2023

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A Japanese billionaire and a coterie of artists will visit the moon as early as 2023, becoming the first private citizens ever to fly beyond low-Earth orbit, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced tonight. Continue reading

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{FD} Cassini’s last view of Saturn moon shows fabulous methane lakes

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Just four days before the Cassini spacecraft’s dramatic dive into Saturn’s atmosphere last year, cameras aboard the spacecraft captured the mission’s last image of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Continue reading

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{FD} Earth’s oceans may go back to the planet’s birth

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The water sloshing in Earth’s oceans and coursing through its canyons may have been with the planet since it first started taking shape, new research suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} How NASA will use a space laser to measure Earth’s thinning ice sheets

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This weekend, NASA is planning to launch a spacecraft that will use half a dozen bright-green laser beams to measure seasonal and annual changes to Earth’s icy poles. Continue reading

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{FD} Galaxies from a long time ago and far, far away star in amazing Hubble view

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A remarkable new photo from the Hubble Space Telescope captures an up-close view of some of the earliest and most distant galaxies of the universe. Continue reading

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{FD} NASA starts 45-day clock to contact Mars Rover Opportunity as dust storm wanes

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The planet-enveloping dust storm on Mars has settled enough for NASA to start a 45-day active-listening period in which the agency hopes to make contact with the rover Opportunity after three months of silence, NASA announced yesterday (Sept. 11). Continue reading

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{FD} Strange binary asteroid shows solar system upheaval happened early

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A strange pair of space rocks twirling around each other as they orbit the sun has helped scientists pinpoint when our solar system developed its current formation. Continue reading

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{FD} Hole in Sun’s atmosphere amps up Northern Lights

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The northern lights just got a boost thanks to a big hole in the sun’s atmosphere, and there could be something of a repeat showing tonight. Continue reading

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{FD} How NASA’s mission to ‘touch the Sun’ may reveal clues about alien worlds

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NASA’s new mission to the sun may reveal clues about alien worlds, too. Continue reading

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{FD} Cassini’s ‘grand finale’ at Saturn lands NASA an Emmy

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If you watched the Cassini probe’s spectacular dive into Saturn last September, you weren’t alone — in fact, space fans worldwide followed its social media campaign, illustrations and animations of the big event, and the “Grand Finale” dive and comment… Continue reading

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