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NASA Kepler Spacecraft Nears Death: Fuel To Run Out Within Several Months...
The Kepler space telescope will run out of fuel and end its mission within several months, NASA said. The spacecraft, which has survived through several close calls, has detected 2,245 exoplanets and will continue collecting data until it shuts down
By viper1 on 2018-03-15 15:36 UTC
New nickname for Pluto-explorer's next target: Ultima Thule...
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The spacecraft that explored Pluto is now headed toward a New Year's Day encounter with this mysterious object or two, 1 billion miles farther, on the fringes of our solar system.
By ceres on 2018-03-15 02:38 UTC
16 exoplanets found huddled around 12 lightweight stars...
One of the 'super-Earth' finds might even have liquid water A team of astronomers have spotted 16 exoplanets, including a 'super-Earth' that might hold liquid water, hovering around 12 low mass stars hundreds of light years away from the S
By ceres on 2018-03-13 16:54 UTC
"Near-Lightless World of the Outer Solar System" --Astronomers Propose to Retool NASA's New Horizons Mission as a Space Telescope...
A maverick group of astronomers is proposing to radically reshape one of NASA's most successful missions in the modern era, the New Horizons probe that flew by Pluto in 2015 and is now continuing its voyage into the depths of...
By ceres on 2018-03-13 16:53 UTC
Scientists Believe 'Super-Earth' Found Among 15 Exoplanets Might Hold Liquid Water...
New research has confirmed the presence of 15 exoplanets orbiting smaller, cooler red dwarf stars. These include three so-called "super-Earths," one of which is believed to have a key ingredient for life liquid water. In two studies recently publi
By ceres on 2018-03-13 16:53 UTC
New exoplanet found 200 light years from Earth could have liquid water...
The exoplanet is about 1.6 times the size of Earth and is in its star's Goldilocks zone so this makes it habitable and just the right size to harbor life.
By ceres on 2018-03-13 16:52 UTC
Elon Musk: Mars rocket will fly 'short flights' next year...
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Musk gave an ambitious deadline for flying SpaceX's BFR from a stage at SXSW.
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-03-11 18:58 UTC
This Solar System Has Been Hiding Three "Super-Earths" in It...
What a surprise.
By ceres on 2018-03-08 17:03 UTC
You Are Here: Earth Blazes Bright in Photo from Kepler Planet-Hunting Spacecraft...
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This is what Earth looks like through a planet-hunter's eyes.
By ceres on 2018-03-08 17:02 UTC
Could Methane on Saturn's Moon Enceladus Be a Sign of Life?...
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Some hardy Earth microbes could likely survive in the buried ocean on Saturn's moon Enceladus, gobbling up hydrogen produced by interactions between seawater and rock, a new study suggests.
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-03-02 19:24 UTC
A stellar system with three super-Earths...
Over 3500 extra-solar planets have been confirmed to date. Most of them were discovered using the transit method, and astronomers can combine the transit light curves with velocity wobble observations to determine the planet's mass and radius, and the
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-03-02 18:54 UTC
Company That Wants To Send Cargo Into Space Prefers The Use Of Catapults Over Rockets...
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They'll probably save a lot of money on fuel.
By ceres on 2018-03-01 19:36 UTC
Meet TESS, NASA's Next Step in the Quest for Alien Earths...
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Launching in April on a two-year primary mission, the observatory could ultimately discover 20,000 planets—some of which could be much like our own
By ceres on 2018-03-01 19:35 UTC
Proxima Centauri's no good, very bad day...
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A team of astronomers led by Carnegie's Meredith MacGregor and Alycia Weinberger detected a massive stellar flare—an energetic explosion of radiation—from the closest star to our own Sun, Proxima Centauri, which occurred last March. This f
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-02-26 16:46 UTC
Deep-Space NASA Rocket Engines Perform Most Powerful Ignition Test Yet...
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NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, currently under development, is designed to carry humans and cargo to the moon, Mars and deep space. A recent ignition test brings engineers one step closer to achieving this space-travel goal.
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-02-25 19:09 UTC
NASA Foresees Human Lunar Landings by the Late 2020s...
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NASA's vision for lunar exploration includes landing astronauts, from NASA and its partners, on the surface of the moon by the late 2020s, the agency's acting administrator said Feb. 20.
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-02-25 19:09 UTC
On Second Thought, the Moon's Water May Be Widespread and Immobile...
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A new analysis of data from two lunar missions finds evidence that the Moon's water is widely distributed across the surface and is not confined to a particular region or type of terrain.
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-02-23 21:19 UTC
Kepler Space Telescope Discovers 95 More Alien Planets...
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The exoplanet discoveries by NASA's Kepler space telescope keep rolling in.
By ceres on 2018-02-15 20:53 UTC
Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster and Starman Leave Earth Forever in This Final Photo...
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has unveiled the final photo of his Tesla Roadster and its Starman mannequin sailing off into deep space after launching on the first Falcon Heavy rocket Tuesday (Feb. 6), and it is spectacular.
By ceres on 2018-02-08 13:57 UTC
SpaceX has received permission from the US government to launch Elon Musk's car toward Mars...
SpaceX plans to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time on Tuesday, with Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster as a test payload. The FAA has given the okay.
By rjx32 on 2018-02-05 22:07 UTC
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