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NASA Simulation Shows What Happens When Stars Get Too Close to Black Holes

   12 hours ago  |  Universe Today

What happens to a star when it strays too close to a monster black hole? Astronomers have wondered why some stars are ripped apart, while others manage to survive a close encounter with a lurking black hole, only a little worse for wear. To figure out the dynamics of such an event, scientists built a …
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NASA is Building a Nuclear Reactor to Power Lunar and Martian Exploration!

   12 hours ago  |  Universe Today

NASA and the U.S. Dept. of Energy have come together to solicit design proposals for a nuclear reactor that will power Lunar and Martian exploration!
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Astronauts Took A Fly-around of the International Space Station. Here are Their Stunning Pictures

   30 Nov 19:00:08  |  Universe Today

When astronauts left the International Space Station in early November to return home on the Crew Dragon Endeavour, they took the opportunity to do a fly-around of the ISS and take photos. NASA just released the new images, and they are a stunning look at both the orbiting outpost and our home planet. The person …
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InSight Peers Deep Below the Surface on Mars

   30 Nov 19:00:08  |  Universe Today

The InSight lander has been on Mars, gathering data for a thousand days now, working to give us a better understanding of the planet’s interior. It’s at Elysium Planitia, the second largest volcanic region on Mars. A newly-published paper based on seismic data from the lander shows something unexpected underground: a layer of sediment sandwiched …
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The Decadal Survey is out! What new Missions and Telescopes are in the Works

   29 Nov 19:00:18  |  Universe Today

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The Parker Solar Probe is getting pelted by hypervelocity dust. Could they damage spacecraft

   29 Nov 19:00:18  |  Universe Today

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A Space Telescope With one job: Find Habitable Planets at Alpha Centauri

   28 Nov 19:00:16  |  Universe Today

Breakthrough Initiatives just announced a collaborative effort to launch a space telescope that will search for habitable planets around Alpha Centauri
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A Machine-Learning Algorithm Just Found 301 Additional Planets in Kepler Data

   28 Nov 19:00:16  |  Universe Today

Using a new type of deep-learning algorithm, a team of NASA scientists have detected 301 more exoplanets in the Kepler archive!
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Stars Getting Kicked out of the Milky Way can Help us map its Dark Matter Halo

   27 Nov 19:00:19  |  Universe Today

Hypervelocity stars may allow us to map dark matter as they leave the Milky Way.
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It?s Time to Stop Doing Anti-Satellite Tests

   27 Nov 19:00:19  |  Universe Today

Earlier this month, the Russian military conducted an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test, launching a PL19 Nudol interceptor missile at a now-defunct Soviet-era intelligence satellite, KOSMOS 1408. The impact obliterated the spacecraft, creating a debris field consisting of approximately 1500 pieces of trackable debris, and potentially hundreds of thousands of pieces that are too small to …
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