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Starship Prototype Catches Fire After a Recent Test, But Appears Undamaged

   14 hours ago   |  Universe Today

Despite the fireball that engulfed the Starshopper this past week, both the vehicle and its Draco engine appear to be unscathed.
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LightSail 2 is Sending Home New Pictures of Earth

   14 hours ago   |  Universe Today

LightSail 2, the brainchild of The Planetary Society, has gifted us two new gorgeous images of Earth. The small spacecraft is currently in orbit at about 720 km, and the LightSail 2 mission team is putting it through its paces in preparation for solar sail deployment sometime on or after Sunday, July 21st. LightSail 2 …
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The Lunar Gateway Will be in a ?Near-Rectilinear Halo Orbit

   20 Jul 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

After months of discussion, the space agencies behind the Lunar Gateway have decided how the space station will orbit the Moon. NASA and the ESA are developing the Lunar Gateway jointly, and the orbital path that it will follow around the Moon is a key part of mission design. It’ll affect all the vital aspects …
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There are Ring-Like Formations Around the Lakes on Titan

   20 Jul 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Some lakes on Titan have ring-like shapes around them, and scientists are trying to find out how they formed. Understanding how they formed may tell us something about how the entire region they’re in, including the lakes, formed. The ring-shaped features are found around pools and lakes at Titan’s polar regions. Thanks to the Cassini …
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Asteroid 2006 QV89 Now Has a 0% Chance of Hitting Earth in September

   19 Jul 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Why report on an asteroid that has no chance of hitting Earth? Because this asteroid, known as 2006 QV89, has a history. A history of being kind of hard to track. As the name says, this asteroid was discovered in 2006. It’s a Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA, or NEO, for Near-Earth Object.) An object is classified …
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Blankets of Silica Aerogel Could Make Parts of Mars Habitable

   19 Jul 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

The idea of somehow terra-forming Mars to make it more habitable is a visionary, sci-fi dream. But though global terra-forming of Mars is out of reach, the idea persists. But now, a material called silica aerogel might make make the whole idea of terra-forming Mars slightly less impossible. Notable people from Carl Sagan to Elon …
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Gaia Mission is Mapping Out the Bar at the Center of the Milky Way

   18 Jul 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

The latest discovery to come from Gaia's years of observing the Milky Way is the first 3D measurements of our galaxy's central bar structure.
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Screaming Sounds Sent to the Edge of Space, Confirming That? ?In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream

   18 Jul 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

A unique, low-cost, and crowd-scream-sourced experiment has proven what all sci-fi movie fans know is true: In space, no one can hear you scream.” That line is the tag line from the famous 1979 movie Alien, of course. And now an innovative experiment in Britain has shown that the writer of that movie was correct. …
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Pictures from Curiosity Show the Bottom of an Ancient Lake on Mars, the Perfect Place to Search for Evidence of Past Life

   17 Jul 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

It’s all about the detail. In a way, Mars looks like a dusty, dead, dry, boring planet. But science says otherwise. Science says that Mars used to be wet and warm, with an atmosphere. And science says that it was wet and warm for billions of years, easily long enough for life to appear and …
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NASA is Building Robots That Can Climb Rock and Ice Cliffs

   17 Jul 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Engineers at NASA JPL are busy developing next-generation robotic missions that will allow astronauts to explore harder-to-reach places in the search for life.
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