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Scientists discover biggest ever brown dwarf star

An international team of scientists has discovered a brown dwarf with the 'purest' composition and the greatest mass to date, according to a report in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The object, referred to as SDSS J0104+1535, is…

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SpaceX will try to make history by re-launching a rocket this week

More than five years after SpaceX first announced plans to develop a privately-funded reusable launch system, the California-based company will re-launch a previously-used Falcon 9 booster rocket for the first time on Thursday, The Verge and other media outlets are…

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Trump signs bill urging NASA to send humans to Mars

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed a $19.5 billion bill to fund NASA programs and emphasized the agency’s recommitment to the exploration of deep space over more Earthy-bound research endeavors. The bill basically aligns with the budget the White House…

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Scientists capture first-ever evidence of landslide on a comet

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko may not have the most catchy name in the solar system, but there are plenty of other things that make it intriguing - not least the first observation of a landslide on a comet. The comet 'belongs to'…

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Virgin Galactic is taking Stephen Hawking to space

Internationally renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking is planning to fulfill his “ultimate ambition” by traveling to outer space, having accepted an offer from Virgin Galactic owner Richard Branson to be a passenger on a future suborbital flight. Hawking…

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Can SpaceX make satellite-based Internet a reality?

Never one to shy away from ambitious projects, SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk has been working on a new project that would use satellites to bring low-cost broadband Internet service to the world for years, but could he…

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Trump’s budget eliminates some NASA programs, boosts others

President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget proposal would reduce NASA’s funding from $19.3 billion to $19.1 billion, and although most of the space program’s planned projects would remain intact, a Europa lander and the Asteroid Redirect Mission would be eliminated.…

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NASA finds India’s long-lost lunar orbiter

Eight years after it went missing, the location of India’s first lunar orbiter has been discovered, thanks to a new NASA radar technique which the space agency believes could be used to locate previously hard-to-find orbiting object while planning future…

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NASA researcher: What’s next for solar sail technology?

According to Les Johnson, a senior technical advisor for NASA's Advanced Concepts Office at the Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, solar sails could propel us to the stars one day. We sat in on a recent Vanderbilt University lecture on…

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Cassini images show strange shape of Saturn’s moon Pan

The jury appears to be out as to whether Pan looks more like a ravioli, a walnut, a flying saucer, President Donald Trump’s face or something else entirely, but new images of Saturn’s tiny moon obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft…