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Astronomers See Strontium in the Kilonova Wreckage, Proof that Neutron Star Collisions Manufacture Heavy Elements in the Universe

   25 Oct 00:00:13  |  Universe Today

Astronomers have spotted Strontium in the aftermath of a collision between two neutron stars. This is the first time a heavy element has ever been identified in a kilonova, the explosive aftermath of these types of collisions. The discovery plugs a hole in our understanding of how heavy elements form. In 2017, the Laser Interferometer …
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Boeing and Airstream Show off Their New Astronaut Transport Vehicle: the Astrovan II

   24 Oct 00:00:03  |  Universe Today

When it comes to brand recognition, Airstream‘s got game. Their silver, space-age looking travel trailers and touring coaches are iconic. Almost everyone recognizes their riveted aluminum bodies. Airstream has teamed up with Boeing to produce the Astrovan 2, a vehicle that will carry astronauts to the CST-100 Starliner?s launchpad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. It’s a …
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A Private Company in China Plans to Launch Reusable Rockets by 2021

   24 Oct 00:00:03  |  Universe Today

A Chinese company is planning to launch a rocket with a reusable booster in 2021. The company is called i-Space, and the rocket is called Hyperbola-2. They’ve already developed and launched another rocket, called Hyperbola. i-Space, not to be confused with the Japanese company ispace, showed Hyperbola-2 at the 2019 Zhongguancun Forum in Beijing. (Zhongguancun …
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A NASA Panel Says We Don?t Need to be so Careful About Infecting Other Worlds

   23 Oct 00:00:05  |  Universe Today

It’s time to update the rules. That’s the conclusion of a panel that examined NASA’s rules for planetary protection. It was smart, at the dawn of the space age, to think about how we might inadvertently pollute other worlds with Earthly microbes as we explore the Solar System. But now that we know a lot …
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How Long is a Day on Venus? Astronomers Make Their Best Measurement Yet

   22 Oct 00:00:11  |  Universe Today

There’s a problem with Venus. We don’t know how fast it rotates. For a space-faring civilization like ours, that’s a problem. Measuring the length of day, or rotation rate, of most bodies is pretty straightforward. Mark a prominent surface feature and time how long it takes to rotate 360 degrees. But Venus is blanketed in …
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Time-lapse Captured from the International Space Station

   22 Oct 00:00:11  |  Universe Today

400 photos. 11 minutes. That’s what it took to create this time-lapse of the Earth and stars as the International Space Station over Namibia toward the Red Sea. NASA astronaut Christina Koch captured these images. It’s obvious that the circular streaks in the sky are star-trails. But the lights on the ground have different sources. …
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NASA?s New Lunar Spacesuit is Going to be a Lot More Comfortable for Astronauts

   21 Oct 00:00:10  |  Universe Today

NASA is developing new spacesuits for their Artemis program. The new suits will give the astronauts greater mobility, will be safer, and will be designed from the ground up to fit women. The roots of modern spacesuits, or Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMUs) go back to the Apollo missions. In fact, the spacesuits that NASA astronauts …
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What Was The First Color In The Universe

   21 Oct 00:00:10  |  Universe Today

The universe bathes in a sea of light, from the blue-white flickering of young stars to the deep red glow of hydrogen clouds. Beyond the colors seen by human eyes, there are flashes of x-rays and gamma rays, powerful bursts of radio, and the faint, ever-present glow of the cosmic microwave background. The cosmos is …
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The Most Massive Galaxies Spin More Than Twice as Fast as the Milky Way

   20 Oct 00:00:07  |  Universe Today

Based on new observations of super spiral galaxies, a team of scientists has found that they have massive dark matter halos that cause them to rotate much faster than our own!
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Comets and Interstellar Objects Could be Exporting Earth Life Out into the Milky Way

   20 Oct 00:00:07  |  Universe Today

A new study suggests that comets and asteroids that graze Earth's atmosphere might be responsible for the spread of life throughout the Universe.
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