Blue Origin Launches its Space Tourism Rocket
April 29, 2018
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Blue Origin Launches its Space Tourism Rocket

Blue Origin launched its space tourism rocket New Shepard on a test flight Sunday (April 29). It carried a space capsule equipped with a dummy. Thunderstorms delayed the launch. But after some several hours, New Shepard took off from the company’s Texas test facility. Thus, flying into space and nailing a rocket-assisted...

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Most Detailed Map of Milky Way Could Transform Astronomy
April 27, 2018
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Most Detailed Map of Milky Way Could Transform Astronomy

European Space Agency released the most detailed map yet of our Galaxy, the Milky Way. Astronomers used data from the ESA’s Gaia satellite. So, the image you see above (full resolution available here) features the positions of nearly 1.7 billion stars and the distance, colors, velocities, and directions of motion of about...

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Uranus’ Cloud Tops Smell Rotten Eggs
April 24, 2018
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Uranus’ Cloud Tops Smell Rotten Eggs

An international team of astronomers using the Gemini North Telescope on Hawaii’s Maunakea have detected hydrogen sulfide. This gas gives rotten eggs their unpleasant smell. They have detected this kind of gas throughout the upper atmosphere of Uranus. Scientists have long debated whether hydrogen sulfide or ammonia dominate...

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NASA to Drop Big News on Nuclear Power in Space
April 20, 2018
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NASA to Drop Big News on Nuclear Power in Space

NASA is working on a new project called Kilopower which focuses on nuclear energy in space. So, the American agency is about to make a big announcement. This project involves the use of a nuclear reactor to generate clean energy on planetary surfaces. Thus, enabling long-duration stays on other planets. So, NASA will hold a...

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NASA Successfully Launches Planet-Hunting Spacecraft TESS
April 18, 2018
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NASA Successfully Launches Planet-Hunting Spacecraft TESS

NASA successfully launched TESS from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9. The new satellite will search for other Earths. So, NASA’s new planet-hunter is on its way to space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will spot exoplanets via the “transit” method....

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DARKNESS Camera Wants to Find Habitable Worlds
April 18, 2018
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DARKNESS Camera Wants to Find Habitable Worlds

DARKNESS camera is an advanced piece of technology which can filter starlight. The new camera aims to spot hidden planets in the light of their host stars. So, light can be the enemy when it comes to finding new planets. Starlight can completely hide a planet, making them invisible. However, astronomers might’ve just...

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Launch of Planet-Hunting TESS Mission Postponed
April 16, 2018
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Launch of Planet-Hunting TESS Mission Postponed

NASA and SpaceX delay the launch of planet-hunting satellite TESS. The new spacecraft will remain on the launch pad until Wednesday. The satellite had been scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Monday evening. However, launch teams are standing down today to conduct additional Guidance Navigation and Control...

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Football Field Asteroid Flies Through the Earth-Moon Orbit
April 16, 2018
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Football Field Asteroid Flies Through the Earth-Moon Orbit

On Sunday (April 15), a football field asteroid buzzed by Earth. Astronomers call it 2018 GE3 and it’s one of the largest asteroids to pass that close to Earth. 2018 GE3, made its closest approach to Earth at around 2:41 a.m. EDT (0641 GMT). At its closest point, the giant object was just 119,500 miles away from...

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Astronomers Give Official Names to Landmarks on Pluto’s Moon Charon
April 14, 2018
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Astronomers Give Official Names to Landmarks on Pluto’s Moon Charon

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has approved the official names for landmarks on Pluto’s largest moon, Charon.  So, earlier this week astronomers have announced approval of different names for a dozen craters, canyons, and other surface features on Charon. The New Horizons spacecraft is the legendary probe...

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NASA is Launching its New Planet Hunter
April 12, 2018
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NASA is Launching its New Planet Hunter

NASA is launching their new planet hunter on Monday (April 16). The new satellite will stare out at the cosmos searching for new extraterrestrial planets. Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will spot exoplanets via the “transit” method. So, whenever a planet transits, it slightly dims the light of its...

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