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The Sky This Week from March 22 to 31

10 hours 58 min ago
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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This speeding star is escaping our galaxy — and it’s not like the others

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 04:00
A strange runaway star doesn’t have the origin story astronomers expected.
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