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NASA successfully deploys BEAM inflatable module

NASA has successfully inflated the world’s most expensive balloon on the International Space Station. Okay, maybe calling it a balloon is selling it just a little bit short—because the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (or BEAM) is far more than that.…

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Rosetta’s comet contains the ingredients for life

Glycine, an organic compound found in proteins, has been detected in the halo surrounding Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe, according to new research published earlier this week in the journal Science Advances. Kathrin Altwegg, a researcher at…

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Enormous planet found orbiting infant star

A popular astronomical theory states that large planets don’t exist around young stars because planets of significant mass take too long to form. However, a team of astronomers announced on Thursday that they have indeed found a giant planet orbiting a…

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Mars is coming out of an extreme ice age, study finds

In a discovery that could shed new light on the past habitability of Mars and provide new insight into how to deal with the climate change problem back here on Earth, a team of researchers found evidence of an ice age recorded…

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‘Young’ lunar craters discovered in the moon’s darkest regions

A pair of geologically young craters, including one a mere 16 million years old, have been discovered in the darkest regions of the lunar surface, experts with the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) reported in research to be published in the…

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‘Superluminous’ supernova grows extremely slowly

Researchers have observed the longest-ever rise time for in a superluminous supernova to date, according to a new report. A superluminous supernova, or hypernova, releases substantially more energy than the standard supernova, and the one recently reported on, dubbed PS1-14bj,…

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How do supermassive black holes form? New study could have the answer

Using data gathered from three space telescopes, scientists have discovered exciting new details on how supermassive black holes form, according to a new study in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. For years, astronomers have disputed how the very…

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Scientists find link between dark matter and primordial black holes

While most scientists believe that the elusive substance known as dark matter is comprised of extremely massive exotic particles, one NASA scientist believes that it might actually be made up of black holes formed during the very first moments of…

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Superflares could prevent manned missions to Mars

Upon returning to Earth after spending nearly a year on the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly unequivocally stated that a manned mission to Mars was “doable,” but new research suggests that the solar activity could be an unexpected…

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Ancient faint galaxy uncovers how the ‘cosmic dark ages’ ended

Using a telescope atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii, an international team of scientists has detected the faintest early-universe galaxy ever, according to a report published in Astrophysical Journal Letters. Seen it as it was 13 billion years ago, the galaxy…