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 2021-01-16 01:14 

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The UK is Considering Nuclear Propulsion in Space...

The UK Space Agency recently contracted with the British Rolls Royce company to research nuclear propulsion, which could allow for all kinds of deep-space missions! The post The UK is Considering Nuclear Propulsion in Space appeared first on Universe Toda...

 2021-01-15 23:17 

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James Webb Unfolds Sunshield...

It's almost time. Soon the James Webb Space Telescope will be on its way to the Sun/Earth L2 Lagrange point and will begin its at least 5-year science mission. Really, it's going to happen. Despite several delays since the program began in 1996 an...

 2021-01-15 19:02 

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Thanks to Perseverance, We're Finally Going to Hear What Mars Sounds Like...

Many consider the various rovers we've sent to Mars as the next best thing to sending a geologist to the Red Planet. Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity have carried all the necessary equipment similar to what human geologists use on Earth, and are able...

 2021-01-14 22:20 

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NASA Has Given Up on Trying to Deploy InSight's Mole...

It's always a sad day when a mission comes to an end. And it's even sadder when the mission never really got going in the first place. That's where we're at with NASA's InSight lander. The entire mission isn't over, but the so-call...

 2021-01-14 21:49 

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Mars is Still an Active World. Here's a Landslide in Nili Fossae...

A image released by the MRO mission shows a landslide near the location where the Perseverance rover will land, illustrating how Mars is still a active world. The post Mars is Still an Active World. Here's a Landslide in Nili Fossae appeared first on ...

 2021-01-14 20:29 

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Astronomers see a Hint of the Gravitational Wave Background to the Universe...

Astronomers have found evidence of faint gravitational waves using an array of pulsars in our galaxy. The post Astronomers see a Hint of the Gravitational Wave Background to the Universe appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-01-14 18:08 

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The Roman Space Telescope's Version of the Hubble Deep Field Will Cover a 100x Larger Area of the Sky...

Remember the Hubble Deep Field? And its successor the Hubble Ultra Deep Field? We sure do here at Universe Today. How could we forget them? Well, just as the Hubble Space Telescope has successors, so do two of its most famous images. And those successors ...

 2021-01-14 03:04 

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With Funding From Jeff Bezos, MethaneSAT Picks Elon Musk's SpaceX for 2022 Launch...

Billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are usually rivals on the final frontier, but they both have a role to play in MethaneSAT, a privately backed satellite mission aimed at monitoring methane emissions. Last November, the Bezos Earth Fund made a $100 mi...

 2021-01-13 22:44 

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Gateway Foundation Gives a Detailed Update on its Voyager Station Concept...

The Gateway Foundation just released a video update for their Voyager Class space station, and announced that big news is coming in a f The post Gateway Foundation Gives a Detailed Update on its Voyager Station Concept appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-01-13 20:24 

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Since There's no Up or Down in Space, How do our Brains Deal With This?...

Astronauts and cosmonauts in space have reported spatial disorientation problems, where they find it hard to get a sense of direction, or distinguish between what might be considered "up" or "down." This is called "Visual Reorientation...

 2021-01-13 16:39 

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Will Solar Cycle 25 Dazzle or Fizzle in 2021?...

A new study suggests that Solar Cycle 25 may be more powerful than previously predicted. The post Will Solar Cycle 25 Dazzle or Fizzle in 2021? appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-01-13 16:32 

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Astronomers can use Pulsars to Measure Tiny Changes of Acceleration Within the Milky Way, Scanning Internally for Dark Matter and Dark Energy...

Dark matter within our galaxy is difficult to map, but a team of astronomers has used pulsars to measure its gravitational pull. The post Astronomers can use Pulsars to Measure Tiny Changes of Acceleration Within the Milky Way, Scanning Internally for Dar...

 2021-01-12 21:57 

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With its New Extension, Juno is Going to be Visiting Jupiter's Moons...

The Juno mission to Jupiter has been extended to September 2025 or however long the spacecraft can keep operating around Jupiter. While Juno has so far focused its attention on the giant planet alone, the mission extension will include observations of Jup...

 2021-01-12 20:27 

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A Robot Made of Ice Could Adapt and Repair Itself on Other Worlds...

Some of the most tantalizing targets in space exploration are frozen ice worlds. Take Jupiter's moon Europa for instance. Its warm salty subsurface ocean is buried under a moon-wide sheet of ice. What's the best way to explore it? Maybe an ice rob...

 2021-01-12 03:29 

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Astronomers see Swirling Weather on the Closest Brown Dwarf...

Brown dwarfs are the weird not-planets but not-stars in the universe, and astronomers have wondered for decades if their atmospheres are striped like Jupiter's, or splotchy like the sun's. A team of astronomers based at the University of Arizona u...

 2021-01-12 03:01 

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The Mystery of Sunquakes is Deep; One Million Meters Deep!...

The Sun, as it turns out, is a pretty big deal. The thermonuclear behemoth at the center of the solar system makes up well over 99% of all the mass in the solar system. Despite being the most well-studied star in the universe, there are still many mysteri...

 2021-01-12 00:12 

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SpaceX's Next Idea: to Catch Super Heavy Boosters With the Launch Tower...

A new animation shows how SpaceX will "catch" the first stage boosters of their Starship, allowing for faster turnaround and more flights to space. The post SpaceX's Next Idea: to Catch Super Heavy Boosters With the Launch Tower appeared first...

 2021-01-11 23:44 

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This is the Fireworks Galaxy. It's had ten Supernovae in the Last Century Alone...

Say hello to NGC 6946, otherwise known as the Fireworks Galaxy. This little galaxy is the most prolific producer of supernovae in the known universe, popping off those incredible explosions roughly once a decade. It's secret? An incredibly high rate o...

 2021-01-10 18:36 

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There's no way to Measure the Speed of Light in a Single Direction...

A new study shows that not even cosmology can verify Einstein's assumption about the speed of light. The post There's no way to Measure the Speed of Light in a Single Direction appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-01-09 22:59 

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SpaceX Releases a Recap Video of their SN8 Making its Hop Test!...

SpaceX just released a recap video of their SN8 making its first-ever high-altitude hop test. Soon enough, the SN9 will be doing the same! The post SpaceX Releases a Recap Video of their SN8 Making its Hop Test! appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-01-09 20:34 

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Winning Urban Farming Ideas for Mars!...

The 2020 Mars City Design challenge inspired some truly innovative ideas for urban farming and living sustainably on Mars! The post Winning Urban Farming Ideas for Mars! appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-01-08 19:31 

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These Bizarre Cloud Patterns are von Krmn's Vortices, Caused by the air Wrapping Around Tall Islands...

This is an image of some of the islands that make up the nation of Cape Verde. While most in that group of ten islands are flat, some are very tall: Fogo, Santa Anto, and So Nicolau. Those three stand well above their compatriots, with Fogo reaching an al...

 2021-01-08 17:17 

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Stellar Flares May Not Condemn a Planet's Habitability...

Red dwarf stars are the most common kind of star in our neighbourhood, and probably in the Milky Way. Because of that, many of the Earth-like and potentially life-supporting exoplanets we've detected are in orbit around red dwarfs. The problem is that...

 2021-01-07 16:35 

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New Observations Agree That the Universe is 13.77 Billion Years old...

A new measure of the cosmic microwave background supports an older universe, and raises more problems for cosmology. The post New Observations Agree That the Universe is 13.77 Billion Years old appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-01-07 01:03 

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Big News for SpaceX: Static Fire Today, Hop Test This Weekend?...

SpaceX conducted another successful static fire test today in advance of a hop test that could be happening later this week! The post Big News for SpaceX: Static Fire Today, Hop Test This Weekend? appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-01-07 00:29 

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There Should be a few Supernovae in the Milky Way Every Century, but we've Only Seen 5 in the Last 1000 Years. Why?...

Our galaxy hosts supernovae explosions a few times every century, and yet it's been hundreds of years since the last observable one. New research explains why: it's a combination of dust, distance, and dumb luck. The last supernova to be noted in ...

 2021-01-06 16:52 

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Japan to Launch 'Wooden Satellite' in 2023...

What a proposed wooden satellite could (and could not) accomplish. The post Japan to Launch 'Wooden Satellite' in 2023 appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-01-06 00:07 

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Here's the Asteroid Hayabusa2 is Going to be Visiting Next...

Check out this image of asteroid 1998 KY26 from the Subaru Telescope. It's not exactly beautiful, but it's not intended to be. The compelling thing about this image isn't its attractiveness, it's the context. This small asteroid is the nex...

 2021-01-05 22:58 

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Missing: Supermassive Black Hole With up to 100 BILLION Times the Mass of the Sun...

The massive galaxy cluster Abell 2261 should have a supermassive black hole in its center. But it doesn't. Astronomers have looked everywhere even between the couch cushions. What's going on? Giant black holes, also known as supermassive black hol...

 2021-01-05 22:45 

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Astronomers set a new Record and Find the Farthest Galaxy. Its Light Took 13.4 Billion Years to Reach us...

Since time immemorial, philosophers and scholars have contemplated the beginning of time and even tried to determine when all things began. It's only been in the age of modern astronomy that we've come close to answering that question with a fair ...

 2021-01-05 18:28 

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The Interior of Enceladus Looks Really Great for Supporting Life...

When NASA's Voyager spacecraft visited Saturn's moon Enceladus, they found a body with young, reflective, icy surface features. Some parts of the surface were older and marked with craters, but the rest had clearly been resurfaced. It was clear ev...

 2021-01-05 18:18 

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Chang'e-5 Brought Home 1.7 Kilograms of Lunar Samples...

China's Chang'e-5 lunar lander retrieved about 1.7 kilograms (3.81 pounds) of samples from the Moon, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA). The Chang'e-5 sample return capsule landed in China's Inner Mongolia region o...

 2021-01-04 22:51 

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Astronomers Discover Hundreds of High-Velocity Stars, Many on Their Way Out of the Milky Way...

Combining data from two of the largest databases in the world, an international team of astronomers was able to doubledthe number of known high-velocity stars The post Astronomers Discover Hundreds of High-Velocity Stars, Many on Their Way Out of the Milk...

 2021-01-03 17:17 

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Astronomers Improve Their Distance Scale for the Universe. Unfortunately, it Doesn't Resolve the Crisis in Cosmology...

Astronomers have made the cosmic distant ladder more accurate, but that has only made the mystery of cosmic expansion even worse. The post Astronomers Improve Their Distance Scale for the Universe. Unfortunately, it Doesn't Resolve the Crisis in Cosmo...

 2021-01-02 23:19 

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The Personnel of Space Force Will be Called Guardians...

According to VP Mike Pence, personnel serving in the U.S. Space Force will henceforth be known as "Guardians"! The post The Personnel of Space Force Will be Called Guardians appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2021-01-01 23:23 

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Some of Hayabusa2's Samples are as Big as a Centimeter...

A fireball hurtled across the sky on December 5th the sample return capsule from the Hayabusa2 asteroid mission by JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). The capsule landed in Woomera, a remote location in the Australian Outback. Earlier this month, t...

 2021-01-01 00:33 

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Plans for a Mars Sample Return Mission Have Moved to the Next Stage...

The Mars Sample Return (MSR) program, a joint effort between NASA and the ESA to bring samples of Mars back to Earth, just moved into the next phase of development! The post Plans for a Mars Sample Return Mission Have Moved to the Next Stage appeared firs...

 2020-12-31 15:40 

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Layers Upon Layers of Rock in Candor Chasma on Mars...

In many ways, Mars is the planet that is most similar to the Earth. The red world has polar ice caps, a nearly 24-hour rotation period (about 24 hours and 37 minutes), mountains, plains, dust storms, volcanoes, a population of robots, many of which are ol...

 2020-12-30 22:43 

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Planetary Scientists Have Created a Map of Mars' Entire Ancient River Systems...

Navigating and mapping rivers has long been a central component in human exploration. Whether it was Powell exploring the Colorado's canyons or Pizarro using the Amazon to try to find El Dorado, rivers, and our exploration of them, have been extremely...

 2020-12-30 22:34 

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A Steampunk Engine to Solve Your Satellite Woes!...

NASA contractor Howe Industries just presented their design for a "steampunk" engine that could allow satellites to maneuver, without the need for toxic propellants or heavy engines. The post A Steampunk Engine to Solve Your Satellite Woes! appear...

 2020-12-30 17:48 

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Hubble Releases a New Image of Neptune, Revealing a Rapidly Shifting Storm...

Storms on Neptune seem to follow a pattern of forming, strengthening and then dissipating over the course of about two Earth years. But a Neptunian storm spotted in the planet's atmosphere over two years ago has done something quite different: it has ...

 2020-12-30 06:09 

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Astronomers Capture a Direct Image of a Brown Dwarf...

The field of exoplanet photography is just getting underway, with astronomers around the world striving to capture clear images of the more than 4000 exoplanets discovered to date. Some of these exoplanets are more interesting to image and research than o...

 2020-12-29 19:33 

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ESA is Working on its own Reusable Booster Stage...

As part of their Themis Program, the ESA is developing reusable rocket technology. The post ESA is Working on its own Reusable Booster Stage appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2020-12-28 23:18 

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Asteroids Crashing Into Dead Stars are Helping Explain Where the Universe's Missing Lithium Went...

What happened to all the lithium? The question has stumped astronomers for decades. While cosmologists have successfully predicted the abundance of the other light elements from the Big Bang, lithium has always come up short. Now, a team of astronomers ma...

 2020-12-28 19:14 

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Brines Could be Present on the Surface of Mars for up to 12 Hours, Never for a Full day...

We are extremely interested in the possibility of water on Mars, because where there's water, there's the potential for life. But a new study throws a bit of a wet blanket (pun intended) on that tantalizing possibility. Unfortunately, it looks lik...

 2020-12-28 16:31 

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New Data Supports the Modified Gravity Explanation for Dark Matter, Much to the Surprise of the Researchers...

A team of astronomers set out to disprove modified gravity, and ended up confirming it instead. The post New Data Supports the Modified Gravity Explanation for Dark Matter, Much to the Surprise of the Researchers appeared first on Universe Today ....

 2020-12-28 06:02 

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To Help Trudge Through the Snow, the Chang'e-5 Recovery Team Wore Powered Exoskeletons...

Other worlds aren't the only difficult terrain personnel will have to traverse in humanity's exploration of the solar system. There are some parts of our own planet that are inhospitable and hard to travel over. Inner Mongolia, a northern province...

 2020-12-26 23:58 

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Even the Outside of Hayabusa 2's Sample Capsule has Asteroid Debris on it...

According to statements made by JAXA, the samples returned by the Hayabusa 2 mission included black sand and gases obtained from the asteroid itself. The post Even the Outside of Hayabusa 2's Sample Capsule has Asteroid Debris on it appeared first on ...

 2020-12-26 20:00 

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One of the Largest, Most Complete Einstein Rings Ever Seen. Astronomers Call it the "Molten Ring"...

A very rare astronomical phenomenon has been in the headlines a lot recently, and for good reason. It will be hundreds of years until we can see Jupiter and Saturn this close to one another again. However, there are some even more "truly strange and v...

 2020-12-25 07:04 

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A Single Filament of Gas Has Been Discovered That Stretches 50 Million Light-Years...

Minute vibrating strings found in string theory are not the only ones that are of interest to physicists. The Standard Model of particle physics provides for a theory regarding a different type of string this one is a string of very sparse gas strung over...

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