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The case of Ceres' wandering pole

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:00
Our closest dwarf planet once had a pole in a different place. As it wandered, the crust and mantle followed... but not at the same rate.
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Scientists are figuring out how to farm Mars

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:00
With long-term occupation comes the need for sustainable food sources on the Red Planet. We've already got some ideas.
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Apollo 7: NASA’s first mini-mutiny in space

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:00
50 years ago, Apollo 7 accomplished a number of firsts in space ... including a disagreement between Mission Control and crew.
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Is Planet X guiding dwarf planets around our solar system?

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:00
Astronomers have found a dwarf planet out beyond Neptune called “The Goblin” because of its initial discovery around Halloween. The Goblin, officially named 2015 TG387, joins other small objects far out in our solar system, and it adds to a tantalizing theory about another much more massive “Planet X” hiding beyond Neptune. The Goblin’s Journey Carnegie astronomer Scott Sheppard searches for and studies far-off objects like The Goblin. Over the past few years, th
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Hubble Space Telescope in safe mode after gyro failure

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:00
NASA's most famous orbiting observatory may be down, but it's not out just yet.
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The Moon makes way for zodiacal light tomorrow morning

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 04:00
Without the overbearing brightness of the Moon, dark-sky observers have an excellent opportunity to spot the elusive glow of zodiacal light.
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Voyager 2 spacecraft approaches interstellar space

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 04:00
When it comes to space exploration, no one has the Voyager missions beat. On October 5, NASA reported that their Voyager 2 spacecraft is nearing our heliosphere’s outer borders, and could soon enter interstellar space. Data shows that the probe is detecting more and more cosmic rays from outer space — indicating a slow escape from the sun’s stellar bubble. If all goes as planned, the craft will follow in the footsteps of Voyager 1 and become the second human-made object to ever
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Do towering spikes of ice exist on Europa?

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 04:00
The moon’s equator could host fields of jagged, sharp ice formations that would not be lander-friendly.
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How will we return to the Moon?

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 04:00
New landers and NASA’s lunar outpost top the list of plans to return humanity to our natural satellite.
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MASCOT mission accomplished at Ryugu

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 04:00
The lander has successfully touched down on the surface of the asteroid, exploring its rocky landscape.
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The sky this week for October 5 to 14

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 04:00
The nights may be getting colder, but the night sky is still burning with targets this week.
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Liquid crystals of RNA could explain how life started on Earth

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 04:00
Your computer monitor, television, or cell phone might hold the key to the origin of life.
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Saturn's ring rain is a downpour, not a drizzle

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 04:00
A surprising amount of complex organic molecules fall from the planet's rings onto its atmosphere, Cassini data show.
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This is what NASA learned when Cassini dove into Saturn

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 04:00

In a group of new papers, researchers refine theories about Saturn using data from Cassini’s final transmissions to Earth. 

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Learn to farm on Mars with this fake martian soil

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 04:00
If you watched or read “The Martian,” and wanted to try your hand at living on Mars or becoming a Martian farmer like Mark Watney, then today is your lucky day. Astrophysicists at the University of Central Florida have developed a scientific, standardized method to create soil like future space colonies might encounter on Mars. They’re selling it for about $10 per pound (or $20 per kilogram) plus shipping. This soil, also called simulant, is designed and created to mimic the r
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Gamma rays illuminate one of the Milky Way’s weirdest objects

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 04:00
In a first, astronomers have discovered how the tiny cousins of massive quasars can generate high-energy light at the tips of their fast-moving jets.
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Why do galaxies align?

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 04:00
The matter in our universe forms filaments and threads like a grand cosmic web, tugging galaxies and clusters into place along the way.
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Extragalactic stars found zipping through the Milky Way

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 04:00
After sifting through millions of candidates, astronomers found a score of speeding stars that are likely unbound to the Milky Way altogether.
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The first exomoon may have just been discovered in a distant star system

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 04:00
Astronomers say they may have found the first confirmed exomoon, or moon orbiting a planet outside of our solar system. However, the pair of astronomers behind the find say it's much too soon to completely prove the exomoon’s presence. After looking through recent data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, Alex Teachey, a graduate researcher in the department of astronomy at Columbia University, and David M. Kipping, an assistant professor in the same department, spotted evidence that
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For the third time ever, a woman has won the Nobel Prize in physics

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 04:00
Donna Strickland has been recognized for her work in the creation of "optical tweezers" using light.
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