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NASA wants to launch a Moon mining rover by 2020

Mining on extraterrestrial bodies is often used in science fiction as a reason humans have to hang around in space, but now Taiwan is helping NASA make moon mining a reality. As well as representing a new step in human space exploration, the…

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NASA lets Curiosity fire its own laser on Mars

Thanks to a new software update, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has become the first off-world exploration vehicle capable of autonomously selecting targets for one of its instruments, officials at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and their colleagues announced on Thursday.…

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Massive protoplanet formed huge Moon crater, study finds

The asteroid that crashed into the lunar surface, creating the Imbrium Basin (the right eye of the so-called “Man in the Moon”) may have actually been twice as large and 10 times more massive than previously estimated, claims research published…

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Two newly discovered Earthlike planets could contain life

Researchers just discovered a planetary system located 40 light years from Earth that hosts three possibly habitable planets each the size of Earth. Based on the calculated dimensions and surface temperatures of the planets, the scientists established that parts of…

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What does the future hold for NASA? Here are the agency’s plans

Launching a new giant space telescope, missions to study both Jupiter and its moons, and the continued exploration of the Red Planet are among NASA’s plans for the future, the US space agency revealed in a report published online Monday by…

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World’s most powerful radio telescope unveils first images 

The small town of Carnarvon, 600 kilometres north of Cape Town in South Africa, is putting itself on the map as a home of what will soon become the world's most powerful radio telescope. The MeerKAT telescope is currently operating…

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New 3D map plots out an astounding 1.2 million galaxies

A new image that appears to be depicting a plethora of stars is actually a new 3D map of the universe that shows the locations of 1.2 million galaxies, compiled by a team of more than 100 scientists working as…

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SpaceX sticks reusable rocket landing for the fifth time

An overnight launch designed to deliver cargo and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) crew has culminated in a fifth successful landing for SpaceX’s reusable two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, according to CBS News and Space.com reports published early Monday…

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Did NASA cut a live feed from the ISS?

Did aliens just land on Earth, possibly to check out the new Independence Day movie? No. Of course not. The internet was abuzz recently when a YouTube video, which was pulled from the International Space Station’s live feed, appeared to…

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Meet CR7– A completely new type of black hole

Astronomers have found a strange source of powerful radiation that is likely an unusual type of black hole born in the early universe, according to a new report in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Using observations from…