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Explosive Volcanoes Spawned Mysterious Martian Rock Formation
Explosive volcanic eruptions that shot jets of hot ash, rock and gas skyward are the likely source of a mysterious Martian rock formation, a new study finds. The new finding could add to scientists’ understanding of Mars’s interior and its past potential fo...
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Forget Galileo – UK Space Sector Should Look to Young Stars Instead
“British security firms could be BANNED from helping EU with Galileo satellite project,” the Mail headline screamed. “Brexit to ‘force work on Galileo sat-nav system out of UK’,” said the BBC. Then Airbus offered to build a new UK system – “BREXIT REVENGE,”...
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Juno Sees Dark and Stormy Jupiter
This image captures the intensity of the jets and vortices in Jupiter’s North North Temperate Belt. NASA’s Juno spacecraft took this color-enhanced image at 10:31 p.m. PDT on May 23, 2018 (1:31 a.m. EDT on May 24), as Juno performed its 13th close flyby of ...
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Proposed CAESAR Mission to Return a Sample from Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko
A proposed space mission known as Comet Astrobiology Exploration Sample Return ( CAESAR ), could greatly improve our knowledge about the origin and history of the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. If selected by NASA, it will return a sample from this comet ...
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China to Orbit Another Pair of BeiDou-3 Navigation Satellites
China is in final preparations to launch another pair of its BeiDou-3 navigation satellites, designated BeiDou-3 M5 and M6, into orbit on Wedensday, June 20. A Long March 3B booster will lift off with the duo from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC),...
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Study May Help Humans Colonize Mars and Hunt for Alien Life
Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have contributed to an international study that will potentially help humans to colonize Mars and find life on other planets. The study on an organism that survives in inhospitable and low-light conditi...
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NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Retires
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who holds the U.S. record for most cumulative time in space, is retiring from the agency, effective Friday. “Peggy Whitson is a testament to the American spirit,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “Her determination, str...
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Astronauts Install High-Definition Cameras Outside International Space Station
Two NASA astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station to perform the sixth spacewalk of 2018 at the orbiting complex. The nearly seven-hour long outing saw the duo install new cameras in preparation for upcoming commercial crew flights. Exped...
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Astronomers See Distant Eruption as Black Hole Destroys Star
For the first time, astronomers have directly imaged the formation and expansion of a fast-moving jet of material ejected when the powerful gravity of a supermassive black hole ripped apart a star that wandered too close to the cosmic monster. The scientist...
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Dust Clouds Can Explain Puzzling Features of Active Galactic Nuclei
Many large galaxies have a bright central region called an active galactic nucleus (AGN), powered by matter spiraling into a supermassive black hole. Gas clouds in an area around the AGN known as the "broad-line region" emit light at characteristic waveleng...
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