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Here’s What NASA’s Rover Saw in the Midst of the Martian Storm
June 13, 2018
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Here’s What NASA’s Rover Saw in the Midst of the Martian Storm

A massive Martian storm swallowed NASA’s Opportunity rover. NASA published some images revealing how stark the situation is. Well, NASA’s Opportunity rover is having a rough time on Mars. A dust storm, large enough to cover North America and Russia is engulfing the red planet. “The storm is one of the most...

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Massive Mars Storm Hits NASA’s Opportunity Rover
June 10, 2018
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Massive Mars Storm Hits NASA’s Opportunity Rover

Intense massive Mars storm has forced NASA to suspend the Opportunity rover’s science work. The agency has to wait now as the storms don’t go away so fast. Scientists predict that the storm could last months. The Martian dust storm was first spotted from space by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA...

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NASA Rover Finds Ancient Organic Matter on Mars
June 07, 2018
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NASA Rover Finds Ancient Organic Matter on Mars

Two studies shed light on the theory that Mars may have once been an inhabited world. Curiosity rover just found organic matter in the Martian soil. NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has identified a variety of organic molecules on 3 billion-year-old mudstone in the Gale crater. The rover has also detected methane...

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NASA’s Cubesats Head For Mars
June 03, 2018
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NASA’s Cubesats Head For Mars

Along with the InSight robotic lander, NASA also launched two CubeSats called MarCO-A and MarCO-B to planet Mars last month.  So, after a successful trajectory correction maneuver, CubeSats are now heading towards the red planet. The InSight spacecraft has also completed the process on 22 May. The pair of CubeSats that...

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NASA’s Dawn Probe Prepares for its Closest Encounter Ever with Dwarf Planet Ceres
June 02, 2018
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NASA’s Dawn Probe Prepares for its Closest Encounter Ever with Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA’s Dawn probe is currently orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres. In early June, it will enter lowest ever orbit around Ceres. This month, Dawn will get to its final orbit around Ceres. It will enter an elliptical path that will take the probe 10 times closer to the surface than it’s ever been. The probe will orbit less than...

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Astronomers Explain How Pluto Dunes Form Without Wind
May 31, 2018
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Astronomers Explain How Pluto Dunes Form Without Wind

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto in July 2015, thus, finding dunes. But, how can dunes form without wind? Well, they are not sand dunes. Astronomers have recently discovered surprising evidence for methane Pluto dunes. Pluto’s dunes appear truly Earthly. They’re situated parallel to the edges of the...

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Rosetta Explains Origins of Sunrise Jets on Comet 67P
May 23, 2018
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Rosetta Explains Origins of Sunrise Jets on Comet 67P

Astronomers are studying data collected by the Rosetta probe. Therefore, better understanding the factors responsible for the formation of sunrise jets on Comet 67P. The sunrise jets are unique dust and gas jets. Comets emit them. The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany is leading a study, also...

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Here’s Why Saturn’s Moons have a Weird Shape
May 22, 2018
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Here’s Why Saturn’s Moons have a Weird Shape

A new study details the history of Saturn’s moons. The small inner moons of Saturn look like giant ravioli or baguette. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has studied the ringed planet up close for 13 years. It has also revealed their spectacular eerie shapes. The legendary spacecraft took images that got planetary...

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First Interstellar Immigrant in Jupiter’s Orbit
May 22, 2018
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First Interstellar Immigrant in Jupiter’s Orbit

Astronomers spot another interstellar asteroid in our solar system. This one is more like the first interstellar immigrant. This asteroid has come from another star system. However, a study suggests that it has since been hiding out in Jupiter’s orbit. The study was published today in the Monthly Notices of the Royal...

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On This Day May 20, 1978 NASA Launches Pioneer Venus 1
May 20, 2018
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On This Day May 20, 1978 NASA Launches Pioneer Venus 1

Pioneer Venus mission consisted of two spacecraft, the orbiter, and the multiprobe which launched separately to study Venus.  The Pioneer Venus 1 (also known as the Pioneer Venus orbiter) was the first of two spacecraft. NASA launched it on May 20, 1978, from the Kennedy Space Center aboard an Atlas-Centaur rocket. The...

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