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Can you spot the hidden dwarf galaxy?

November 23, 2016

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Scientists have discovered a hidden dwarf galaxy orbiting our own Milky Way – and it could change our understanding of how dark matter holds galaxies together. The reason this galaxy has remained hidden is that it’s incredibly faint – in fact, it’s the faintest satellite galaxy we’ve found to date. And the discovery suggests that […]

NASA paper: EM Drive seems to work, defies Newton’s third law?

November 21, 2016

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After months of speculation and leaked documents, NASA’s long-awaited EM Drive paper has finally been peer-reviewed and published. And it shows that the ‘impossible’ propulsion system really does appear to work.  The NASA Eagleworks Laboratory team even put forward a hypothesis for how the EM Drive could produce thrust – something that seems impossible according […]

Largest Supermoon Since 1948 Tonight

November 14, 2016

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An extra-super supermoon is rising this evening, and you don’t want to miss it. Tonight’s full moon will appear bigger and brighter in the night sky than it has in nearly 70 years, and all you have to witness its shining glory is look up. From Space.com: This full moon will be not only the […]

Dunes on Pluto?

September 14, 2015

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Finally, two months after the New Horizons spacecraft flew by the dwarf planet at close range, new higher resolution images have arrived. It has taken that long for NASA to download them. The transfer speed of data from the spacecraft at 2,000 bits per second makes an old dial-up modem with its 56,000 bits per […]

The Crab on Mars

August 6, 2015

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  THE Mars Curiosity Rover has taken a strange image that has left space enthusiasts captivated. Captured by NASA, the image shows a crab-like object on the surface of the red planet. Since emerging online, social media has been abuzz with users claiming the finding is proof of alien life. However, scientists have been quick to […]

What is that thing on Charon? Close up photos of Pluto and moon Charon.

July 21, 2015

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Etched by canyons, crinkled by mountains, and cleansed of craters, the surface of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, are unexpectedly dynamic, according to the first high-resolution images downloaded by the New Horizons team this morning. Mission scientists describe the findings as almost paradoxical, because the two worlds had been thought too small to sustain […]

NASA ‘Flying Saucer’ Launch Delayed by Rough Seas, Next Try Wednesday

June 2, 2015

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  … NASA’s “flying saucer” for Mars landings, officially known as the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator or LDSD, is an inflatable decelerator and parachute to test technologies that could one day allow spacecraft twice the size of the 1-ton Curiosity rover to reach the Martian surface. But NASA can only launch the LDSD prototype if weather and […]

NASA captures best photo yet of strange lights on dwarf planet Ceres

May 22, 2015

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   NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has done it again. The prolific probe has captured its best image yet of the strange bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres. This photo is just the latest in a series of “best bright spot photos yet” as Dawn moves into a closer orbit around Ceres, the largest body in […]

Rocket men: Two start year long space mission

March 28, 2015

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   The one-year International Space Station mission successfully launched to orbit today (March 27). Read the full story here – Liftoff! US, Russia Launch Historic One-Year Space Mission An epic and unprecedented one-year mission to the International Space Station will begin Friday (March 27). NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are scheduled to […]

Mysterious orange flash lights up Russian night sky

November 19, 2014

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This is the mysterious moment that a huge orange flash illuminated the night sky in a remote area of Russia – and no-one knows what caused it. An explosion was captured by a driver with a dashboard mounted camera as he was cruising along a quiet stretch of motorway near Sverdlovsk in the mountainous Urals […]

NASA open sources more than 1,000 computer codes in bid to spark innovation

April 14, 2014

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In an effort to spur innovation inside and outside the space industry, NASA is releasing more than 1,000 of its computer codes to the public Thursday through a new open-access software catalog. As far as inventions go, the space agency is perhaps most famous for its hardware — its rockets, spaceships and telescopes — but […]

NASA’s Hubble extends stellar tape measure 10 times farther into space

April 11, 2014

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Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers now can precisely measure the distance of stars up to 10,000 light-years away — 10 times farther than previously possible. Astronomers have developed yet another novel way to use the 24-year-old space telescope by employing a technique called spatial scanning, which dramatically improves Hubble’s accuracy for making angular measurements. […]

Something on Mars… Moved

March 23, 2014

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A new gully has appeared on a sloped crater wall on Mars. The channel, which was absent from images in November 2010 but showed up in a May 2013 photo, does not appear to have been formed by water. Exactly what caused this Red Planet rivulet remains a mystery. The winding gully seems to have […]

NASA Study: Civilization collapse difficult to avoid on current course

March 18, 2014

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A new study sponsored by Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution. Noting that warnings of ‘collapse’ are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to make sense of compelling historical […]

Asteroid mysteriously breaks up

March 7, 2014

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Remember the old Atari Asteroids game and how the space rocks would split into smaller and smaller pieces as your little arrowhead-shaped ship shot tiny balls of light at them? Well, astronomers at UCLA have just seen, for the first time ever they say, that asteroids really do break up that way. The discovery was […]

Plans to Destroy the Earth’s Protective Radiation Belts

March 4, 2014

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Since we’re coming up on the Fourth of July, and towns everywhere are preparing their better-than-ever fireworks spectaculars, we would like to offer this humbling bit of history. Back in the summer of 1962, the U.S. blew up a hydrogen bomb in outer space, some 250 miles above the Pacific Ocean. It was a weapons […]

Mars has no alien life, just rocks

February 27, 2014

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There are many strange rocks on Mars. Some may look unusual and this causes some excitement among conspiracy theorists, but settle down, it’s just rocks.

Telescope finds motherlode of alien planets

February 27, 2014

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NASA astronomers nearly doubled the number of alien worlds known to humanity on Wednesday, reporting the discovery of 715 planets located in nearby solar systems. The discoveries bring the total number of known planets outside our solar system—so-called exoplanets—to roughly 1,700. Launched in 2009, NASA’s $591 million Kepler Space Telescope has now discovered most of […]

NASA owns the moon, offers mining opportunities

February 11, 2014

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NASA is now working with private companies to take the first steps in exploring the moon for valuable resources like helium 3 and rare earth metals. Initial proposals are due tomorrow for the Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown program (CATALYST). One or more private companies will win a contract to build prospecting […]

Oldest star in Universe discovered

February 10, 2014

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Astronomers in Australia have found the oldest known star in the universe, a discovery that may re-write our understanding of the universe directly following the Big Bang. The team from Australian National University (ANU) say that the star, located around 6,000 light years away from Earth, is roughly 13.6 billion years old. This means it […]

Coldest spot in known universe: NASA to study almost absolute zero matter at ISS

February 3, 2014

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NASA has revealed its plans to create the coldest spot in the known universe on board the International Space Station in 2016. The researchers are preparing to study matter at temperatures near absolute zero, revealing the world of quantum mechanics. The US space agency has announced that its researchers are currently working on the Cold […]

Unknown Cloud Seen from Space Station

January 15, 2014

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Unknown Cloud Seen from Space Station Added by Kimberly Ruble on October 13, 2013. This weekend, an astronaut from Italy, Luca Parmitano, put some very strange photographs upon his account at Twitter which had been taken from the International Space Station. They showed what appeared to be some sort of unknown cloud that was rising […]

Video: Stunning video shows Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo complete supersonic test flight

January 13, 2014

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The company says the reusable space vehicle was carried by airplane to 46,000 feet (14,020 meters) on Friday and then released. The craft then used its rocket motor to reach its highest altitude to date. SpaceShipTwo and its two-member crew then glided to a safe landing in the desert north of Los Angeles. Virgin Galactic […]

New calculations: Entire Universe could collapse quickly at any time

December 18, 2013

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All things being equal, the universe is set to continually expand, eventually ripping itself to shreds in about 22 billion years. But Danish scientists say an expanding bubble of existential doom could crush the Universe into a tiny ball. And crazily, the odds of this collapse is higher than previously thought. This theory isn’t actually […]

Chinese State Media Brags of Plan to Establish “Death Star” Moon Base

December 12, 2013

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A report appearing in the pro-regime China Times brags that China’s launch of the Long March-3B rocket earlier this week is part of a long term plan to turn the moon into a Star Wars-style “death star” from which the PLA could launch missiles against any target on Earth. It all sounds like something straight […]

200,000 people apply to be first to live on Mars

December 12, 2013

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If you have ambitions of being one of the first people on Mars, listen up: A Dutch company says it is moving along with its plan to send four lucky Earthlings to colonize the Red Planet. The catch: They won’t ever come back. The Mars One foundation announced Tuesday that it has secured lead suppliers […]