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Lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Fuel Tanks Pass a Critical Test, and Could Knock a lot of Weight off a Rocket?s dry Mass

   02 Aug 00:00:07  |  Universe Today

Material science is still the unsung hero of space exploration.  Rockets are flashier, and control systems more precise, but they are useless without materials that withstand the immense temperatures of forces required to get people and things off the planet.  Now a team from MT Aerospace, working on a grant from ESA, has developed a …
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A Black Hole Emitted a Flare Away From us, but its Intense Gravity Redirected the Blast Back in our Direction

   02 Aug 00:00:07  |  Universe Today

Using the XMM-Newton and NuSTAR X-ray telescopes, an international team of scientists were able to see light coming from behind a black hole for the first time!
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Blue Origin Offers a $2 Billion Discount to get Back in the Lunar Lander Game

   01 Aug 00:00:08  |  Universe Today

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Starliner Will try Again on August 3 After ISS ?Emergency

   01 Aug 00:00:08  |  Universe Today

The planned launch of Boeing?s CST-100 Starliner test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) has been pushed back to Tuesday, August 3 after a mishap involving a newly docked Russian module. Originally, Starliner?s flight was to take place today, July 30, 2021 but NASA and Boeing officials agreed to delay the flight following a …
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Bad News. Those Underground Lakes on Mars? They?re Probably Just Frozen Clay

   31 Jul 00:00:09  |  Universe Today

If you were planning an ice-fishing trip to the Martian south pole and its sub-surface lakes observed by radar in 2018, don?t pack your parka or ice auger just yet. In a research letter published earlier this month in Geophysical Research Letters by I.B. Smith et al., it seems that the Martian lakes may be …
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InSight has Mapped out the Interior of Mars, Revealing the Sizes of its Crust, Mantle, and Core

   31 Jul 00:00:08  |  Universe Today

In a series of newly-published papers, NASA scientists have shown how InSight's seismic data allowed them to measure the structure and thickness of Mars' interior.
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Strange Intersecting Sand Dunes on Mars

   30 Jul 00:00:05  |  Universe Today

In our exploration of Mars, we?ve seen some strange but naturally occurring shapes. Polygons ? a shape with at least three straight sides and angles, typically with five or more ? have been seen in several different Martian landscapes, and scientists say these shapes are of great interest because they often indicate the presence of …
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The Event Horizon Telescope Zooms in on Another Supermassive Black Hole

   30 Jul 00:00:05  |  Universe Today

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) just captured another amazing image, this time of the relativistic jet coming from the center of the Centaurus A galaxy.
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Balloon Mission May Also Work to Detect Quakes on Venus

   29 Jul 00:00:07  |  Universe Today

An opportunity in 2019 lays the groundwork for balloon-borne detectors on Venus, working to unravel a key mystery.
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A New Plan to Search for Extraterrestrial Artifacts at Earth and Across the Solar System

   29 Jul 00:00:06  |  Universe Today

Professor Avi Loeb has announced a new project that will search for 'Oumuamua-like objects in our Solar System, which could be artifacts of extraterrestrial spacecraft
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