Space

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On June 17, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) celebrated 1,000 days in orbit around our solar system neighbor – it entered into this orbit in September 2014. To commemorate the 1,000 day anniversary, NASA released a list of its 10 most exciting findings. MAVEN’s goal is to explore the Red Planet’s “upper atmosphere, ionosphere,
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Right now, the Sun is stirring up violent eruptions capable of wiping out the technology we are so dependent on, and new research has found that these blasts are even harder to predict than scientists first thought.  The findings reveal that these coronal mass ejections hurl into Earth’s atmosphere like a sneeze rather than a
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Stephen Hawking says let’s go back to the moon, then build a base there – and then do the same thing on Mars. The world-famous astrophysicist made it sound more eloquent and profound than that. “Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves,” he said this week.   Hawking also shared some ideas on how to get people
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NASA scientists on Monday announced the discovery of 219 new objects beyond our solar system that are almost certainly planets. What’s more, 10 of these worlds may be rocky, about the size of Earth, and habitable. The data comes from the space agency’s long-running Kepler exoplanet-hunting mission. From March 2009 through May 2013, Kepler stared down about 145,000
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Custodians of the hypothetical ‘space nation’ Asgardia will be launching their first ever satellite in the coming months, and they’ve finally revealed their initial plans for the hundreds of thousands of people who have already applied for citizenship. While more than 500,000 people have already registered their interest, the team behind the off-planet nation state
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How do you separate a true star from the stellar wannabes of the Universe? After a decade of collecting data, astronomer Trent Dupuy thinks he finally has the answer. With so many objects known to sit in that weird middle ground between giant planets and tiny stars, scientists have struggled to boil it down to a
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Scientists recently discovered the hottest planet ever found – with a surface temperature greater than some stars. As the hunt for planets outside our own solar system continues, we have discovered many other worlds with extreme features. And the ongoing exploration of our own solar system has revealed some pretty weird contenders, too. Here are seven
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Some 5,000 light-years from Earth, there’s a bizarre and mysterious nebula that clocks an average temperature of just 1 Kelvin (−272.15 °C or −457.87 °F), making it the coldest natural object in the known Universe. For decades, scientists have struggled to explain how this otherwise unremarkable cloud of gas maintains temperatures colder than empty space
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The effects of zero gravity on the human body are taxing, regardless of gender, and NASA has found no differences between men and women in terms of their psychological and behavioural responses to space flight. But sex does seem to have a role in how being in space for long periods of time affects astronauts’ bodies.   In June
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For the third time in two years, physicists have detected ripples in the fabric of spacetime, called gravitational waves, that Albert Einstein predicted the existence of more than 100 years ago with his theory of general relativity. “Einstein continues to rock, in the sense that we keep pushing the boundaries of his theory,” Vicky Kalogera, an astrophysicist at Northwestern
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Scientists have found new evidence to support the idea that matter vanishes completely when it falls into a supermassive black hole, suggesting Einstein was right about these unquenchable voids lurking throughout the Universe. The findings show that black hole event horizons – the invisible barriers beyond which nothing can escape the intense pull of gravitational