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This 6-foot wide asteroid is the smallest ever found

Scientists have made observations of the smallest asteroid ever described in detail, according to a new report in The Astronomical Journal. At 6 feet across, the small space stone named 2015 TC25 was also found to be one of the…

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Giant water deposit could be the key to a base on Mars

A recently-discovered cache of subsurface water ice on Mars may very well be the key to the success of future manned missions to the Red Planet, serving as an oasis for the astronauts who are charged with establishing a colony…

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ESA receives first images from the Trace Gas Orbiter around Mars

A European Space Agency orbiter recently evaluated its collection of onboard devices in Mars orbit for the first time, resulting in some breathtaking images and suggesting a bright future for the mission. The Trace Gas Orbiter arrived at the Red…

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Cassini spacecraft to enter ‘ring-grazing orbit’ around Saturn on Tuesday

Tuesday marks the beginning of the end for NASA’s Cassini mission, as the titular spacecraft will enter a new “ring-grazing” orbit that will bring it to within 5,000 miles of Saturn’s F-ring, the first step in its “Grand Finale” after…

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The Space Poop Challenge: Will you help astronauts poop in deep space?

Imagine you’re in space and all of a sudden – nature calls. Not Number One, but Number Two. It's not looking pretty. Currently, astronauts wear adult diapers to address this issue, but that solution only fixes the problem for a…

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Was Einstein wrong about the speed of light?

Long believed to be one of the most fundamental constants in all of physics, the speed of light may not have always been the same, and now the scientist who initially raised that possibility in 1998 reports in a new…

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This ‘impossible’ EM drive is about to be tested in space

Now that a peer-reviewed paper showing the lawbreaking EM Drive propulsion system actually appears to work has been published, the developer of a similar engine plans to put his invention in space to prove that it can truly create thrust without…

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Icy Martian lake holds as much water as Lake Superior

New analysis conducted using the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Shallow Radar (SHARAD) instrument has revealed the existence of subsurface water ice roughly equal in volume as Lake Superior buried beneath cracked, pitted plains in the Red Planet’s mid-northern latitudes. The discovery,…

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NASA releases amazing new images of dwarf planet Ceres

Newly released images captured last month by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft provide the best look yet of the central bright region of Occator Crater and reveal new evidence of the recent geologic activity believed to be responsible for some of the…

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Elusive signal deepens the mystery of fast radio bursts

Astrophysicists have been baffled by fast radio bursts (FRBs), millisecond-long flurries of radio signals thought to come from deep in the cosmos. A new study published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters has revealed major details about FRBs, specifically how they…