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New Images of Near-Earth Asteroid Phaethon
December 28, 2017
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New Images of Near-Earth Asteroid Phaethon

Astronomers capture images of the second-largest asteroid in Earth’s proximity. The asteroid Paethon might be “potentially hazardous”. Astronomers concluded the new observations at the Arecibo Observatory from December 15 through 19, 2017. This asteroid is the parent body of the Geminid meteor shower of...

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Drone on Titan, and a Comet-Chaser – 2020s Mission
December 21, 2017
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Drone on Titan, and a Comet-Chaser – 2020s Mission

NASA wants to send a drone across Saturn’s largest moon, Titan or a probe to collect samples from a duck-shaped comet. So, NASA has selected two finalists for its New Frontiers robotic mission program: a drone flying across Saturn’s largest moon, Titan and a probe to collect samples from a duck-shaped comet. There...

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New Horizons Next Target Might Have One Moon
December 19, 2017
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New Horizons Next Target Might Have One Moon

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft’s next target might have another object orbiting it. The spacecraft will arrive at its destination in 2019. The New Horizons probe got famous for its flyby of Pluto in 2015. That mission helped astronomers get a better idea of the dwarf planet, thus, allowing them to take a closer look...

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, 50 Times Deeper than Earth’s Ocean
December 16, 2017
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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, 50 Times Deeper than Earth’s Ocean

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is a monster storm and the biggest in the Solar System. The gas giant’s swirling storm is the size of the whole Earth. The Great Red Spot has been in existence for more than 150 years. NASA’s Juno probe discovered that the storm system extends down at least 350km (200 miles) into the...

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Astronomers to Investigate for Possible Alien Life on ‘Oumuamua
December 13, 2017
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Astronomers to Investigate for Possible Alien Life on ‘Oumuamua

Researchers will listen for radio signals coming from ‘Oumuamua. Days ago, the object entered our solar system from far away. Scientists from Breakthrough Listen, using the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in Green Bank in West Virginia, will listen to radio signals coming from the asteroid ‘Oumuamua. Breakthrough...

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Boeing wants to Beat SpaceX in the Race to Mars
December 10, 2017
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Boeing wants to Beat SpaceX in the Race to Mars

So, everyone knows that the race to Mars has begun. Meanwhile, Boeing’s CEO is confident that they will beat Elon Musk in the race to the red planet. Boeing is currently building a mega-rocket for NASA to deliver astronauts to Mars. Boeing CEO and president Dennis Muilenburg was recently speaking on CNBC when host Jim...

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Saturn’s Moon has more Oil and Gas than Earth
December 09, 2017
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Saturn’s Moon has more Oil and Gas than Earth

Scientists, studying data from Cassini spacecraft, have found natural resources on Titan. Earth has limited gas and oil. Can Titan be the future of energy on Earth? On the largest moon of Saturn, Titan, hydrocarbons naturally rain down from the skies. Thus, collecting in the form of vast lakes and dunes. Scientists have...

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Europa Could Support Alien Life – Tectonic Plates Feeding its Ocean
December 07, 2017
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Europa Could Support Alien Life – Tectonic Plates Feeding its Ocean

On Earth, tectonic plates mean large pieces of the planet’s crust are moving and interacting. Meanwhile, inside Europa’s ocean, something weird is going on. New research suggests that the frozen surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa may also experience tectonic activity. If so, this process could help transport...

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NASA Simulation of Small Planets Hitting Early Earth
December 06, 2017
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NASA Simulation of Small Planets Hitting Early Earth

NASA simulation shows a large moon-sized planetary body penetrating all the way down to the Earth’s core. An ancient massive collision. Simone Marchi of the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado, US, together with its team used a computational method to simulate a violent period of the Earth’s life immediately...

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NASA and Bradley University to Create 3D-Printed Habitats for Mars
December 04, 2017
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NASA and Bradley University to Create 3D-Printed Habitats for Mars

NASA is planning to send astronauts to Mars by 2030. So, they are working with Bradley University from Illinois to create 3D-printed habitats. The US space agency in partnership with Bradley University organized a 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge. “A competition brings people that are outside of our area of expertise to the...

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