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Space Force is About to Launch its Mysterious X-37B Spaceplane Again

   19 May 00:00:22  |  Universe Today

The X-37B will be going to space again this Saturday to test a number of experiments, many of which are military in nature and classified!
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If Rockets were Transparent: Video Shows You How Rockets Use up Their Propellant

   19 May 00:00:21  |  Universe Today

I always remember hearing the comparison of how the Space Shuttle?s main engines would drain an average family swimming pool in under 25 seconds. Or that the Saturn V used the equivalent of 763 elephants of fuel. But just how much fuel does a rocket burn during its ascent to orbit? As you might expect, …
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China?s New Crew Capsule Just Landed, and so Did Parts of their New Rocket!

   18 May 00:00:04  |  Universe Today

China's next-generation crewed spacecraft recently returned to Earth after a successful test flight. The Long March 5B rocket that sent it up did as well (parts of it, anyway!)
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James Webb is Fully Stowed Into its Launch Configuration

   18 May 00:00:04  |  Universe Today

We’re inching closer and closer to the James Webb Space Telescope’s (JWST) launch date of March 30th, 2021, (or maybe July 2021.) We never thought we’d get this close, with only a year to go before we send this powerful space telescope on its way. Now the telescope has been put in its launch configuration. …
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High Energy Neutrinos Are Coming From Supermassive Black Holes

   17 May 00:00:17  |  Universe Today

Some neutrinos are so energetic we don't know how they are produced. But a clue lies in the heart of distant quasars.
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Take a Peek Inside a Giant Star Right Before it Dies

   17 May 00:00:17  |  Universe Today

The biggest stars in our universe are some of the most fascinatingly complex objects to inhabit the cosmos. Indeed,giant stars have defied full explanation for decades. Especially when they’re near the end of their lives. Stars power themselves through nuclear fusion, from the smashing together of lighter elements into heavier ones. This process leaves behind …
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Was Betelgeuse Formed by Merging Stars

   16 May 00:00:03  |  Universe Today

Modern humans?or Homo Sapiens?have only been around for about 250,000 years. That’s only the blink of an eye in cosmological terms. As it turns out, the star Betelgeuse may only be about the same age. A new study explores the idea that Betelgeuse formed from a merger of two stars only a few hundred thousand …
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Earth Life Probably Can?t Spread to Mars Today

   16 May 00:00:03  |  Universe Today

New research says life from Earth isn't likely to ever survive on Mars, which is good news as far as planetary protection concerns are involved.
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Astronomers Continue to Analyze Pluto?s Atmosphere

   15 May 00:00:17  |  Universe Today

When NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto, studying the atmosphere was a key scientific objective. Most of what we know about the ice dwarf came from that flyby. That happened in July 2015, but it took over 15 months to send all the data home, and it’s taking even longer to analyze it. But …
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Even More Evidence that Europa has Geysers

   15 May 00:00:17  |  Universe Today

Earlier this week, we shared some stunning, newly reprocessed images of Europa from NASA?s Galileo spacecraft, which visited Jupiter and its moons from December 1995 to September 2003. Now, as scientists continue to revisit Galileo?s data, even more details are coming into focus about Jupiter?s enticing moon. Not only is there evidence within the past …
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