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You Can Use a Live Webcam to Watch NASA Build the Mars 2020 Rover

   08 Jun 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

NASA’s next mission to the surface of Mars is called the 2020 rover (in case you didn’t know already.) It’s planned launch date is July 17th, 2020, and it should land at Jezero Crater on Mars on February 18th 2021. The rover is still under construction at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California. Now …
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The Japanese asteroid-hunter had another photo opportunity when it dropped a target marker on asteroid Ryugu

   08 Jun 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft just launched its second target marker to the surface of the asteroid Ryugu.
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There?s a Ring of Cool Gas Wrapped Around the Milky Way?s Supermassive Black Hole

   07 Jun 01:00:02   |  Universe Today

There’s a lot going on at the center of our galaxy. A supermassive black hole named Sagittarius A-Star resides there, drawing material in with its inexorable gravitational attraction. In that mind-bending neighbourhood, where the laws of physics are stretched beyond comprehension, astronomers have detected a ring of cool gas. Sagittarius A-Star, or Sag. A* for …
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A double asteroid came uncomfortably close this weekend. Here?s what astronomers saw

   07 Jun 01:00:02   |  Universe Today

Using the Very Large Telescope, a team of ESO scientists took some stunningly clear images of a double asteroid that recently swung by Earth.
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Engineers are Still Troubleshooting Why Mars InSight?s Mole is Stuck and Won?t Go Any Deeper

   06 Jun 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

NASA’s Mars InSight Lander was always a bit of a tricky endeavour. The stationary lander has one chance to get things right, since it can’t move. While initially the mission went well, and the landing site looked good, the Mole is having trouble penetrating deep enough to fulfill its mission. InSight landed on Mars on …
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Astronomers See an Enormous Coronal Mass Ejection? On Another Star!

   06 Jun 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

For the first time ever, astronomers have witnessed a coronal mass ejection (CME) on a star other than our very own Sun. The star, named HR 9024 (and also known as OU Andromeda,) is about 455 light years away, in the constellation Andromeda. It’s an active, variable star with a strong magnetic field, which astronomers …
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Weekly Space Hangout: June 5, 2019 ? Jean Wright, NASA?s Seamstress to the Stars

   05 Jun 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) This week, we welcome Jean Wright to the show. Jean is one of 18 seamstresses in the crucial role of Space Shuttle Thermal Protection Specialist. Jean and …
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How Will NASA and ESA Handle Mars Samples When They Get Them Back to Earth

   05 Jun 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

We’ve learned a lot about Mars in recent years. Multiple orbiters and hugely-successful rover missions have delivered a cascade of discoveries about our neighbouring planet. But to take the next step in unlocking Mars’ secrets, we need to get Martian samples back to Earth. Both the ESA and NASA plan to get samples from Mars …
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NASA is building up a map of the entire sky seen in X-rays, line by line with its NICER experiment

   04 Jun 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Using data from the first 22 months of the NICER instruments mission, NASA has constructed a beautiful image of what the X-ray sky looks like.
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Subaru Telescope Sees 1800 Supernovae

   04 Jun 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Japanese astronomers have captured images of an astonishing 1800 supernovae. 58 of these supernovae are the scientifically-important Type 1a supernovae located 8 billion light years away. Type 1a supernovae are known as ‘standard candles’ in astronomy. The team of astronomers used the Subaru Telescope and one of the world’s most powerful digital cameras to find …
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