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We’ve created a ‘bubble’ around the Earth

The effects of human activity have long been cited as a primary cause of global climate change, but new research from NASA has revealed that our use of technology also appears to be having an impact not just on the…

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NASA’s Mars plans include a one-year mission to the Moon

Before sending a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s, NASA may have a group of astronauts spend a year in orbit around the moon, officials from the space agency’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate revealed earlier this week…

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Atmosphere of distant ‘warm Neptune’ fascinates astronomers

A mixture of images from NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer telescopes has resulted in fascinating observations of the exoplanet HAT-P-26b, which is classified as a 'warm Neptune'. Water vapor and exotic clouds have been spotted in the atmosphere of the distant…

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Ancient Australian rocks could hold the key to finding life on Mars

Where did life on Earth begin? Answering that question might help us pinpoint where to look for life on Mars. One theory about how life began on Earth posits that it was in freshwater hot spring environments on land. This…

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(Video) Classified space plane returns to Earth after nearly 2 years in space

Nearly two years after it launched, the US Air Force’s reusable, unmanned X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle ended its classified mission on Sunday, becoming the first spacecraft in nearly six years to touch down at the Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing…

This computer-generated view depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater beginning to catch morning light, in this handout image provided by NASA. It may not be space debris, errant asteroids, supply shortages, thruster malfunctions or even the malevolent aliens envisioned in so many Hollywood films that thwart astronauts on any mission to Mars. It may be the ubiquitous galactic cosmic rays. Researchers said on May 1, 2015 long-term exposure to these rays that permeate space may cause dementia-like cognitive impairments in astronauts during any future round-trip Mars trip, expected to take at least 2-1/2 years. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout 
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It’s here: NASA unveils plan to send astronauts to Mars

It’s been common knowledge that NASA has wanted to send astronauts to Mars within the next two decades, but those proposals have been long on ambition and short on details – until now, as the US space agency has unveiled…

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‘Giant hurricane’ on Saturn spotted in latest Cassini dive

Not only did the Cassini spacecraft manage to survive its first dive between Saturn and its rings on Wednesday, but it managed to obtain the closest images of the gas giant’s atmosphere to date – including a picture of what…

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NASA is running out of spacesuits– and new ones might be a decade away

Houston, we have a problem: NASA is running low on functional space suits, and while the US space agency has reportedly invested approximately $200 million to develop next-gen ones to be used on deep-space missions, they are still said to…

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Newly-discovered ice planet is ‘much colder than Hoth’

Researchers have discovered a new planet that has about the same mass as Earth and orbits its star at about the same distance separating our home planet from its sun – but that doesn’t mean that the conditions are suitable…

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Cassini snaps beautiful photo of Earth before final ‘death dive’

This weekend marks the beginning of the end for Cassini, as after 13 years of studying Saturn and its moons, the NASA spacecraft will change course, complete one final flyby of the moon Titan, and ultimately plunge to a fiery…