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Boeing?s Starliner Performed its Abort Test Today. One Parachute Failed to Deploy

   05 Nov 00:00:04  |  Universe Today

For years, NASA has been working to restore domestic launch capability to the US and send astronauts to the Moon and beyond. A crucial part of this is the development of next-generation crew capsules that can carry crews and payloads to space. These include Lockheed Martin’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) and the Crew Space …
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Weekly Space Hangout: October 30, 2019 ? Evelyn MacDonald on Finding Earth-Like Planets

   04 Nov 00:00:16  |  Universe Today

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Brian Koberlein (BrianKoberlein.com / @BrianKoberlein) Beth Johnson (@planetarypan) Michael Rodruck (@michaelrodruck) Tonight we welcome Evelyn MacDonald to the show in a PRERECORDED INTERVIEW with Fraser during which she discusses her thesis-turned-published-journal-article, something which rarely occurs. Evelyn MacDonald is a recent Physics graduate from McGill University. For her thesis, …
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The Lowest Mass Black Hole has Been Found, only 3.3 Times the Mass of the Sun

   04 Nov 00:00:16  |  Universe Today

A team of astronomers recently discovered the smallest black hole to date, which indicates that there may be far more out there than we previously thought.
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Return to the Moon with Blue Origin?s Rockets and Lunar Lander Made Out of LEGO

   03 Nov 00:00:03  |  Universe Today

Indulge your inner man-child (or woman-child) with these LEGO versions of the Blue Origin Blue Moon lunar lander, New Glenn rocket, and launch tower. This new design is currently gathering supporters on the LEGO Ideas website. If it gets enough supporters, LEGO will review it and possibly build it. The kit is based around the …
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Asteroid Hygiea is Round Enough That it Could Qualify as a Dwarf Planet, the Smallest in the Solar System

   03 Nov 00:00:03  |  Universe Today

Using the Very Large Telescope, an international team of astronomers observed Hygeia and determined it could be the smallest dwarf planet to date!
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Mars 2020 Stands Up on its Wheels For The First Time

   02 Nov 00:00:09  |  Universe Today

The Mars 2020 rover recently passed a milestone at NASA JPL, where it stood on its wheels and legs for the very first time.
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NASA is Now Considering a Pluto Orbiter Mission

   02 Nov 00:00:09  |  Universe Today

NASA’s New Horizons mission taught us a lot about Pluto, the ice dwarf planet. But the spacecraft sped past Pluto so quickly, we only got high-resolution images of one side of the planet, the so-called “encounter side.” New Horizons gave us a big leap in understanding, but in a way, it asked more questions than …
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This is the Machine Astronauts Trained on to Land on the Moon

   01 Nov 00:00:06  |  Universe Today

The Moon landings were a huge undertaking. In order to prepare, NASA had to think of every detail, right down to machines for the astronauts to train on. And those machines are an interesting part of space history all on their own. Shortly after President Kennedy announced the goal of “landing a man on the …
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NASA is Testing a Rover That Could Search For Water Ice on The Moon

   01 Nov 00:00:06  |  Universe Today

NASA has plans to send the VIPER rover to the South Pole of the Moon to look for water ice, in preparation for sending astronauts there in 2024.
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Clouds On Jupiter Rising Up Above the Surrounding Atmosphere

   31 Oct 00:00:12  |  Universe Today

Though it looks like it to us, Jupiter’s clouds do no form a flat surface. Some of its clouds rise up above the surrounding cloud tops. The two bright spots in the right center of this image are much higher than the surrounding clouds. Jupiter’s atmosphere is a swirling, colourful, chaotic mix-up of currents and …
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