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NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 04:00

In early 2021, a tiny helicopter will land on the Red Planet with the Mars 2020 rover.

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The Sky This Week from March 22 to 31

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 04:00
Evenings find Mars in the same binocular field as the Pleaides star cluster, while the morning sky features the Moon passing close to both Jupiter and Saturn.
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This ‘cannonball’ pulsar is racing at escape speed across the Milky Way

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 04:00
The newly discovered neutron star is flying across the galaxy so quickly that it could get from Earth to the Moon in six minutes flat.
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Space station astronauts prep for two spacewalks in one week

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 04:00
The first EVAs of Expedition 59 have been scheduled to start this Friday.
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Boeing’s Starliner test flight delayed by months

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 04:00

Boeing’s test of their crew capsule, Starliner, may face new delays, shrinking the margin of error for reaching crew accreditation this year.

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Israeli Moon lander to touch down near Apollo landing sites next month

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:00
Israeli spaceflight company SpaceIL has chosen Mare Serenitatis as the spot for their historic landing of the first privately launched Moon lander.
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NASA's first Mars rover landed near an ancient sea, new research suggests

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:00
22 years ago, the Sojourner rover tooled around a spillway connecting an inland sea formed by flooding to Mars' northern plains ocean.
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A quasar-powered storm pours from the Teacup galaxy

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:00
Researchers thought that a quasar in the Teacup galaxy was fading away, but new data suggests that it's still blasting powerful radiation into space.
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Hayabusa2 results hint asteroid Ryugu was broken off larger space rock

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:00

JAXA's Hayabusa2 spacecraft continues to uncover details about asteroid Ryugu, and the latest evidence shows that it was once part of a much larger asteroid.

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OSIRIS-REx caught asteroid Bennu ejecting bursts of strange, high-speed particles

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:00
The near-Earth asteroid has revealed surprising flurries of material ejected from its surface on some dozen occasions since OSIRIS-REx’s arrival.
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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket may launch first commercial flight soon

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:00
Media reports say SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy may make a first commercial launch in just weeks. It would signal progress toward the company's heavy lift ambitions.
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What are tholins? The mysterious substance that turned Ultima Thule red

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 04:00
The most distant solar system object we've ever explored is covered in this reddish, tarry substance.
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It turns out this Turkish meteorite is a free sample from asteroid Vesta

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 04:00
Debris from a massive impact on Vesta made its way to Earth, where scientists recovered more than 300 fragments of the main belt asteroid.
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The Mars InSight lander is stuck. NASA's hacking a fix with Earthly clones

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 04:00
Last Month, NASA's Mars InSight lander’s “mole” got stuck after 4 hours of digging. Scientists are scrambling to solve the problem and get it digging again.
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Meet Chesley Bonestell, the most important space artist you’ve probably never heard of

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 04:00
Before spacecraft revealed our solar system, Chesley Bonestell's art offered a window into the environments of outer space. His visions often proved true.
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The Sky This Week from March 15 to 24

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 04:00

The Big Dipper returns to prominence in the March evening sky, while three bright planets continue to rule the predawn hours.

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Astronauts set for 3:14 p.m. EDT launch to the International Space Station

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 04:00
This Pi Day, the ISS will reach its full capacity of six crew members.
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How high-speed stars escape the galaxy

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 04:00
Astronomers have found dozens of hypervelocity stars on a one-way trip out of the Milky Way and into intergalactic space.
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NASA's Orion crew capsule may launch on a commercial rocket

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 04:00
For years, NASA has been working on their massive Space Launch System (SLS), a next-generation heavy lift rocket that could launch cargo and astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time since the Apollo Program. They’ve been developing it in tandem with Orion, a crew capsule that would carry those astronauts into Earth orbit and beyond. Orion’s next big test flight, called EM-1, an uncrewed mission into lunar orbit, is currently scheduled for June 2020. But in a Senate commit
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To celebrate Pi Day tonight, seek out the circular constellation Corona Borealis

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 04:00

March 14 (3/14) is the yearly celebration of the mathematical constant Pi, which permeates the sciences.

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