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Team models liquid ocean under Pluto’s surface

When NASA’s New Horizons probe zoomed past Pluto, it did more than just give us a close-up look at the dwarf planet. It also sparked a debate about a liquid ocean lurking under the planet's icy surface crust. Now, a…

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Big win for NASA: Congress mandates a mission to Mars

The US Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee has passed a bipartisan bill that authorizes spending for a manned mission to Mars, but there’s a caveat: NASA must launch said mission within the next 25 years, the first time such…

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China officially fires up world’s largest radio telescope

The largest radio telescope in the world, a $180 million dollar project that was started back in 2011, was completed and began operations this weekend at a location in southwestern Guizhou Province, China, the Xinhua News Agency and other media…

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SpaceX discovers the cause of their rocket’s explosion

A “large breach” in the upper stage helium pressurization system caused a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster to explode earlier this month, destroying both the rocket and its $200 million satellite payload,  the California-based aerospace firm has announced. According to USA Today…

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The universe is expanding faster than we thought, study finds

The universe is expanding quicker than we expected from observations of the cosmos soon after the Big Bang, according to new data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia space telescope. If the Gaia data has been interpreted properly, scientists would…

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Hubble telescope finds exoplanet orbiting binary star system

For the first time, researchers have confirmed the existence of a three-body system, using the NASA Hubble Space Telescope to locate a planet orbiting two stars in a system located 8,000 light-years away towards the center of the galaxy, officials…

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VIDEO: HUGE Solar eruption on the surface of the Sun

This video of a solar flare from NASA's Goddard center is an amazing example of what our sun is capable of producing. Here we see the sun produce a flare from June 7, 2011. You can observe a huge solar…

This rendering shows a snapshot from a cosmological simulation of a Lyman-alpha Blob similar to LAB-1. This simulation tracks the evolution of gas and dark matter using one of the latest models for galaxy formation running on the NASA Pleiades supercomputer. This view shows the distribution of gas within the dark matter halo, colour coded so that cold gas (mainly neutral hydrogen) appears red and hot gas appears white. Embedded at the centre of this system are two strongly star-forming galaxies, but these are surrounded by hot gas and many smaller satellite galaxies that appear as small red clumps of gas here. Lyman-alpha photons escape from the central galaxies and scatter off the cold gas associated with these satellites to give rise to an extended Lyman-alpha Blob.

Scientists finally discovered what creates these mysterious space blobs

Since they were first discovered 16 years ago, scientists have been wondering how and why the unusual objects known as Lyman-alpha blobs – gigantic clouds of hydrogen gas which glow 10 times more brightly than the Milky Way – were…

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Elon Musk: ‘Our spacecraft can go well beyond Mars’

SpaceX’s first craft designed for deep space travel was originally called the Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT), but now that seems to have changed. The reason? The ship just might be capable of going much farther than just the Red Planet,…

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New discovery changes everything we know about Earth’s origin

New research published earlier this week in the journal Nature has revealed that the Earth and other planetary objects formed during the early years of the solar system share similar chemical origins – a discovery that is in stark contrast…