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SpaceX Tests its Starship-Catching Launch Tower

   10 Jan 19:00:16  |  Universe Today

If you thought landing a used rocket booster on a barge or a landing pad was crazy idea, take a look at how SpaceX plans to land the big Starship rocket. The same tower that will be used to launch the rocket will also attempt ?catching? the spent booster when it comes back to Earth. …
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The Early Earth was Really Horrible for Life

   10 Jan 19:00:16  |  Universe Today

Earth has had a long and complex history since its formation roughly 4.5 billion years ago. Initially, it was a molten ball, but eventually, it cooled and became differentiated. The Moon formed from a collision between Earth and a protoplanet named Theia (probably), the oceans formed, and at some point in time, about 4 billion …
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The Surface of the Moon is Electrically Charged, Which Could Allow a Hovering Robot to Explore it

   09 Jan 19:00:07  |  Universe Today

A team from MIT has developed a concept for a robotic mission that would use ion beams to levitate on airless bodies like the Moon and asteroids.
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Now we Know why Spaceflight Affects Your Eyes

   09 Jan 19:00:07  |  Universe Today

70% of astronauts who spend time on the International Space Station (ISS) experience swelling at the back of their eyes, causing blurriness and impaired eyesight both in space and when they return to Earth. Sometimes, it?s permanent. Understanding the way microgravity affects the eyes, and the human body as a whole is an essential part …
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Astronomers Discover a Totally New Kind of Nebula

   08 Jan 19:00:14  |  Universe Today

Most Universe Today readers are familiar with nebulae. They’re gaseous structures lit up with radiation from nearby stars, and they’re some of nature’s most beautiful forms. With the help of amateur astronomers who laid the groundwork, an international team of astronomers have discovered a new type of nebulae around binary stars that they’re calling galactic …
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Webb?s Mirror Now Fully Unfolded. Prepare to Witness the Power of This Unprecedented Space Telescope

   08 Jan 19:00:14  |  Universe Today

The James Webb Space Telescope primary mirror is now fully unfolded, which successfully completes the mission’s major deployments. The starboard side of the primary mirror was released into place today, completing a two-week long, complex deployment sequence. The mirror of the most powerful space telescope ever built is now open, preparing to ?unfold the Universe.? …
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China?s Rover Checks out that Weird Cube on the Moon. Surprise! It?s a Rock.

   07 Jan 19:00:09  |  Universe Today

Back in early December 2021, China?s Yutu 2 rover made headlines when it spied what looked like a curious cube-shaped object on the Moon?s surface. Of course, speculations ran rampant. And it didn?t help matters any when the China National Space Administration (CNSA) nicknamed the object the ?mystery hut.? An update today from Yutu?s cameras …
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A New Image Reveals Orion?s Flame Nebula in Infrared

   07 Jan 19:00:09  |  Universe Today

The ESO has released some stunning new images of Orion’s Flame Nebula. They’re from a few years ago but are newly processed as part of the Orion cloud complex study. The images have led to discoveries in the often-observed Orion cloud complex. Astronomers love to look at well-known objects with new telescopes because they always …
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Why don?t Green Comets Have Green Tails

   06 Jan 19:00:17  |  Universe Today

Comets with a green glow don't have green tails, and a new set of lab experiments tells us why.
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An Incredible View Into the Heart of the Small Magellanic Cloud

   06 Jan 19:00:17  |  Universe Today

The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is over 200,000 light-years away, yet it’s still one of our galaxy’s closest neighbours in space. Ancient astronomers knew of it, and modern astronomers have studied it intensely. But the SMC still holds secrets. By studying it and revealing its structure in more detail, astronomers at The Australian National University …
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