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This is Where Mars 2020 Rover is Heading. From this Picture, I Think You Can Guess Why

   03 Jun 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Get used to hearing the name “Jezero Crater.” It’s the landing site for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. The 2020 rover is slated to launch in July 2020, and will land at Jezero Crater in February, 2021. It’s pretty easy to see why NASA chose Jezero Crater for the next rover in their Mars Exploration Program …
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Weekly Space Hangout: May 29, 2019 ? Dr. Molly Peeples of the Space Telescope Science Institute

   03 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) Dr. Molly Peeples is a theorist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) studying how galaxies evolve with a focus on the origin and fate of the …
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Phew! James Webb passes its final thermal vacuum test. Still on track for 2021

   02 Jun 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

The James Webb Space Telescope recently completed vacuum chamber testing, and is good to go for its 2021 launch date!
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Curiosity has Found the Mother Lode of Clay on the Surface of Mars

   02 Jun 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Clay is a big deal on Mars because it often forms in contact with water. Find clay, and you’ve usually found evidence of water. And the nature, history, and current water budget on Mars are all important to understanding that planet, and if it ever supported life. Right now, MSL Curiosity is at Mt. Sharp …
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MOONRISE: Melting lunar regolith with lasers to build structures on the Moon

   01 Jun 01:00:02   |  Universe Today

A team of German scientists have invented a new laser system that could be used to build a lunar base in the near-future.
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The First-Ever Film of a Total Solar Eclipse ? in 1900 ? was Just Discovered and Restored

   01 Jun 01:00:02   |  Universe Today

The first film of a total solar eclipse has been restored by specialists at the British Film Institute (BFI) and made available for viewing. The film was taken in North Caroline in 1900 by Nevil Maskelyne. Maskelyne was a British man who was a magician turned film-maker. He took the film as part of a …
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Why do Some Hubble Images Have That Chunk Taken Out of the Corner

   31 May 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Great question! The answer has to do with Hubble’s history. It’s easy to forget that the Hubble has been in space since 1990. That’s going on 30 years now. And during that time, it’s been serviced and had its cameras upgraded. The camera responsible for these “staircase” images is the Wide Field and Planetary Camera …
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A Very Rare Planet Discovered. Less Massive than Neptune, Hotter than Mercury. Very Few Should Exist

   31 May 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Astronomers have discovered a very rare, very unusual planet in a distant solar system. The planet, called NGTS-4b, is three times the size of Earth, and about 20% smaller than Neptune. It’s hotter than our very own Mercury. At about 1,000 degrees Celsius, it would be the hottest planet if it were in our Solar …
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Astronomers are Finding Binary Pairs of Stars Thrown out of Galaxies Together

   30 May 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

A rogue star is one that has escaped the gravitational pull of its home galaxy. These stars drift through intergalactic space, and so are sometimes called intergalactic stars. Sometimes, when a rogue star is ejected from its galaxy, it drags its binary pair along for the ride. Astronomers think that most stars live in binary …
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Different Conditions From Earth Drive the Movement of Sand Dunes on Mars

   30 May 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Mars is a sandy planet and the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has given us tons of beautiful pictures of Martian sand dunes. But Mars’ dunes are much different than dunes here on Earth. Their movement is governed by different factors than Earth dunes. The movement of sand dunes on Mars is …
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