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Carnival of Space #600

   01 Mar 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

It’s that time again! This week?s Carnival of Space is hosted by Pamela Hoffman at the Everyday Spacer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #600. And if you?re interested in looking back, here?s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you?ve got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. …
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The Record for the Most Distant Object in the Solar System has been Shattered. Introducing FarFarOut at 140 Astronomical Units

   28 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Remember Far Out, the distant planet at the far reaches of the Solar System, that was discovered in December, 2018? Well, it has been kicked unceremoniously off its pedestal as the most distant object after a short, two-month reign. In its place is the very newly-discovered FarFarOut (FFO.) And if it weren’t for a heavy …
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Weekly Space Hangout: Feb 27, 2019 ? Dr. Ellen Stofan, Director of the National Air and Space Museum

   28 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) In April 2018, Dr. Ellen Stofan became the first woman appointed as the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. From …
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Virgin Galactic Sends Three People to the Edge of Space. Flights with Paying Customers Around the Corner Now

   27 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Virgin Galactic has reached another milestone in their fight test program. The VSS Unity spacecraft carried a third crew member on board, in its fifth rocket-powered test flight. It was the second time that the spacecraft reached space. Virgin Galactic is developing the VSS Unity space flight system. Their goal is to make private spaceflight …
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NASA has Cleared Crew Dragon to Fly. Demo-1 Launches on March 2

   27 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

NASA has announced that the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule is ready for its first demo flight. After discussions with SpaceX, both NASA and Elon Musk’s private space company determined that it was time for Dragon to fly. The date for the flight is March 2nd. The first flight will be un-crewed, and will travel to …
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Massive Volcanic Eruptions 66 Million Years Ago Happened Almost Exactly When the Dinosaurs Died Off

   26 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Everyone knows an asteroid strike wiped out the dinosaurs, right? Lots of evidence shows that the Chicxulub impact event had terrible consequences for the dinosaurs. But the picture is a little more complicated than that. Extreme volcanic activity may have contributed to the extinction. At the end of the Cretaceous period, about 66 million years …
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The Latest Images of Ultima Thule are in, and they are the Sharpest Yet!

   26 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

The latest images taken by New Horizons of Ultima Thule are the most detailed to date, and are providing new clues about the objects origin and evolution.
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Shout Out to Japan! Their Hayabusa2 Spacecraft has Collected its First Samples from Asteroid Ryugu

   25 Feb 01:00:02   |  Universe Today

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft has completed an important part of its mission to asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft descended to the surface of the asteroid to collect two samples with its sampling horn. We don’t know for sure if samples were successfully collected, but all indications are that the sampling mission went well. The successful touchdown took …
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Signs that Ancient Rivers Flowed Across the Surface of Mars, Billions of Years Ago

   25 Feb 01:00:02   |  Universe Today

Billions of years ago, Mars was likely a much warmer and wetter place than the cold, dry, barren world we see today. Whether there was life there or not remains an open question. But there’s a massive, growing wall of evidence showing that Mars may have had the necessary conditions for life in the past, …
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X-rays Might be a Better Way to Communicate in Space

   24 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

In the coming years, NASA plans to test x-ray technology aboard the ISS as a way of creating more robust communication systems.
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