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Curiosity’s Battered Wheels Show First Breaks  

A routine check by the Curiosity science team revealed that breaks have formed in the rover's left middle wheel since they last checked in January of 2017. The post Curiosity’s Battered Wheels Show First Breaks appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-22 18:10:19
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What’s the Difference Between a Rocket and Space Plane? Amazing Hand-Drawn Animations Explain It All  

You gotta love Earth’s atmosphere. It basically makes life (as we know it) possible on our planet by providing warmth and air to breathe, as well as protecting us from nasty space things like radiation and smaller asteroids. But for studying space (i.e., astronomy) or coming back to Earth from space, the atmosphere is a […] The post What’s the Difference Between a Rocket and Space Plane? Amazing Hand-Drawn Animations Explain It All appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-22 13:11:59
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SpaceX & NASA Studying 2020 Landing Sites For Dragon  

SpaceX and NASA have identified 4 possible locations for the first Dragon journey to Mars in 2020. The post SpaceX & NASA Studying 2020 Landing Sites For Dragon appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-22 08:07:28
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Why Doesn't Earth Have Rings?  

You'd think Saturn has all the luck, with its awesome rings. But it turns out, living on a planet with rings has consequences, like an impending global apocalypse. The post Why Doesn't Earth Have Rings? appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-22 01:16:14
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Carnival of Space #501  

This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Brad Rogers at The Evolving Planet blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #501. And if you're interested in looking back, here's an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you've got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. Just email an […] The post Carnival of Space #501 appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-21 11:02:41
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Large Hadron Collider Discovers 5 New Gluelike Particles  

Researchers from the Large Hadron Collider beauty experiment (LHCb) have announced the discovery of five new particles, which could shed light on what holds atoms together. The post Large Hadron Collider Discovers 5 New Gluelike Particles appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-21 07:13:06
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SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down in Pacific with Treasure Trove of Space Station Science  

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - SpaceX's tenth contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station came to a safe conclusion with a splashdown of the Dragon spacecraft in the Pacific Ocean Sunday and successfully returned a treasure trove of more than two tons of precious science experiments and research samples from the space station. The post SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down in Pacific with Treasure Trove of Space Station Science appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-21 05:46:25
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Stephen Hawking Is Going To The Edge Of Space  

Professor Stephen Hawking has been offered, and has accepted, a trip into sub-orbital space on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Spacecraft. The post Stephen Hawking Is Going To The Edge Of Space appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-21 05:44:37
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Rosetta Images Show Comet’s Changing Surface Close Up  

Recently-released images from the Rosetta space probe show how the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko changes over time The post Rosetta Images Show Comet’s Changing Surface Close Up appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-21 03:14:48
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Eye Opening Numbers On Space Debris  

The latest numbers released by the ESA's Space Debris Office indicate that the cloud of orbital debris is getting worse. The post Eye Opening Numbers On Space Debris appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-21 01:32:05
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How Did Uranus Get its Name?  

The period known as the Scientific Revolution (ca. 16th to the 18th century) was a time of major scientific upheaval. In addition to advances made in mathematics, chemistry, and the natural sciences, several major discoveries were made in the field of astronomy. Because of this, our understanding of the size and structure of the Solar […] The post How Did Uranus Get its Name? appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-20 11:09:11
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Ever Wondered What Final Approach To Mars Might Feel Like?  

We've posted several 'flyover' videos of Mars that use data from spacecraft. But this video might be the most spectacular and realistic. Created by filmmaker Jan Fröjdman from Finland, “A Fictive Flight Above Real Mars” uses actual data from the venerable HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and takes you on a 3-D […] The post Ever Wondered What Final Approach To Mars Might Feel Like? appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-20 10:43:15
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Catch Comet 41P Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresák At Its Best  

Miss out on comet 45P Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušakova? Is Comet 2P Encke too low in the dawn sky for your current latitude? (links) Well the Universe is providing us northerners with another shot at a fine binocular comet, as 41P Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak glides through Ursa Major this week. The post Catch Comet 41P Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak At Its Best appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-20 02:42:15
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Delta IV Delivers Daunting Display Powering International Military WGS-9 SatCom to Orbit  

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL - On the 70th anniversary year commemorating the United States Air Force, a ULA Delta IV rocket put on a daunting display of nighttime rocket fire power shortly after sunset Saturday, March 19 - powering a high speed military communications satellite to orbit that will significantly enhance the targeting firepower of forces in the field; and was funded in collaboration with America's strategic allies. The post Delta IV Delivers Daunting Display Powering In...

2017-03-19 07:09:08
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Sunset Delta Set to Dazzle Cape with Mighty Air Force SatCom Launch March 18 – Watch Live  

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL - As sunset dawns on the venerable Delta rocket program, the sole Delta slated to launch from the Cape this year is set to dazzle at sunset tonight, Saturday, March 18. The post Sunset Delta Set to Dazzle Cape with Mighty Air Force SatCom Launch March 18 – Watch Live appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-18 12:18:52
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A Family Of Stars Torn Apart  

The Hubble has looked inside the Orion Nebula to witness a family of stars breaking up. The post A Family Of Stars Torn Apart appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-18 06:40:37
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Stunning Imagery Shows 1st Nighttime Falcon 9 Launch off Pad 39A; EchoStar XXIII Photo/Video Gallery  

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The opening volley of March Launch Madness started brilliantly as showcased by stunning imagery of the inaugural nighttime launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 off historic pad 39A under moonlit skies along the Florida Space Coast on Thursday, March 15. The 229 foot tall Falcon 9 rocket thundered to life […] The post Stunning Imagery Shows 1st Nighttime Falcon 9 Launch off Pad 39A; EchoStar XXIII Photo/Video Gallery appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-18 04:07:32
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Get Ready For The >100 Planet Solar System  

If a new definition of planet is adopted by the International Astronomical Union, our Solar System could be home to more than 110 planets. The post Get Ready For The >100 Planet Solar System appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-18 03:41:08
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TRAPPIST 1: An Evening With Fraser Cain  

Join Fraser Cain at Forbidden Brewing to talk about the TRAPPIST 1 system. The post TRAPPIST 1: An Evening With Fraser Cain appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-17 21:57:46
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NASA Twins Study Researchers Take Genetic Data To Next Level  

NASA's ground breaking twins study is in the all-important integration phase. The post NASA Twins Study Researchers Take Genetic Data To Next Level appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-17 21:40:21
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Weekly Space Hangout – Mar 17, 2017: Stuart McNeill of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum  

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guest: Stuart McNeill is the the Community Engagement specialist in charge of Family Programs and Demonstrations at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Check out their membership site here. Guests: Kimberly Cartier ( KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Their stories this week: The original […] The post Weekly Space Hangout – Mar 17, 2017: Stuart McNeill of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space

2017-03-17 17:46:33
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Last Look At Mimas For A Long Time  

The Cassini probe recently snapped its last up-close imagines of Saturn's moon Mimas, which were used to create some impressive mosaic pictures of its pockmarked surface. The post Last Look At Mimas For A Long Time appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-17 03:07:18
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Zero2Infinity Successfully Test Launches Its Bloostar Prototype  

The private aerospace company Zero2Infinity reached a milestone this month with the successful test of their Bloostar launch system. The post Zero2Infinity Successfully Test Launches Its Bloostar Prototype appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-16 16:48:45
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Flawless SpaceX Falcon 9 Takes Rousing Night Flight Delivery of EchoStar TV Sat to Orbit  

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - Under stellar Florida skies, a private SpaceX Falcon 9 took flight overnight and flawlessly delivered the commercial EchoStar 23 television satellite to geosynchronous orbit after high winds delayed the rockets roar to orbit by two days from Tuesday. Breaking News: Check back for updates The post Flawless SpaceX Falcon 9 Takes Rousing Night Flight Delivery of EchoStar TV Sat to Orbit appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-16 11:03:43
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Russia Recruiting For Its Moon Bound Cosmonauts  

The Russian federal space agency (Roscosmos) has announced that it is seeking new recruits to become the next-generation of cosmonauts. The post Russia Recruiting For Its Moon Bound Cosmonauts appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-15 18:32:09
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How Far is Venus From the Sun?  

In addition to be the second closet planet to our Sun, Venus also has the most circular orbit - varying between 0.718 to 0728 AUs from the Sun. The post How Far is Venus From the Sun? appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-15 09:40:25
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NASA Brings Trappist-1 Into Focus… Kinda Sorta  

NASA recently announced the release of raw, uncalibrated data of the TRAPPIST-1 star system, which was collected by the Kepler K2 mission, The post NASA Brings Trappist-1 Into Focus… Kinda Sorta appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-14 17:12:45
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What's on the Surface of Venus?  

With so much attention on Mars, it's easy to forget there's a whole other Earth-sized planet nearby, worthy of exploration: Venus. And the Soviets worked really hard to tell us what it's like down on the surface of Venus with their Venera program. The post What's on the Surface of Venus? appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-14 14:15:27
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Are You Ready For The NanoSWARM?  

Nanosatellites and CubeSats may change the face of space exploration. The post Are You Ready For The NanoSWARM? appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-14 12:14:34
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High Winds Scrub Legless Falcon 9 Liftoff Reset to March 16 – Live Webcast  

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - High winds halted SpaceX's early morning attempt to launch a legless Falcon 9 rocket and the EchoStar XXIII commercial communications satellite soon after midnight Tuesday, Mar. 14, from the Florida Space Coast amidst on and off rain showers and heavy cloud cover crisscrossing central Florida all afternoon Monday, Mar. 13 and into the overnight hours. The post High Winds Scrub Legless Falcon 9 Liftoff Reset to March 16 – Live Webcast appeared first on Universe ...

2017-03-14 08:10:50
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Canada To Get Its Own Spaceport  

Canada's spaceport will be built by Maritime Launch Services near Canso, Nova Scotia. The post Canada To Get Its Own Spaceport appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-14 05:17:46
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Exploring the Universe For Magnetic Fields  

A recent presentation made at the NASA Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop outlined how the study of magnetic fields could play a pivotal role in the exploration of our Solar System and beyond. The post Exploring the Universe For Magnetic Fields appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-14 04:56:52
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Warm Poles Suggest Enceladus’ Liquid Water Near Surface  

One of the biggest surprises from the Cassini mission to Saturn has been the discovery of active geysers at the south pole of the moon Enceladus. At only about 500 km (310 miles) in diameter, the bright and ice-covered moon should be too small and too far from the Sun to be active. Instead, this […] The post Warm Poles Suggest Enceladus’ Liquid Water Near Surface appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-14 04:28:55
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Trump’s NASA Authorization Act In All Its Glory  

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 has set aside funding for NASA's proposed mission to Mars for the coming year. The post Trump’s NASA Authorization Act In All Its Glory appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-14 01:52:15
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Messier 37 – the NGC 2099 Open Star Cluster  

Located in the Auriga constellation, roughly 4500 light years from Earth, is the open star cluster known as Messier 37. The post Messier 37 – the NGC 2099 Open Star Cluster appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-13 21:53:28
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March Launch Madness: Triple Headed Space Spectacular Starts Overnight with SpaceX March 14 – Watch Live  

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - It's March Madness for Space fans worldwide! A triple header of space spectaculars starts overnight with a SpaceX Falcon 9 launching in the wee hours of Tuesday, March 14 from the Florida Space Coast. The post March Launch Madness: Triple Headed Space Spectacular Starts Overnight with SpaceX March 14 – Watch Live appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-13 13:04:33
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Strange Loner Planet Gets Astronomers’ Attention  

After examining the strange object known as CFBDSIR 2149-0403, a team has determined that it is either a solitary planetary-mass object or a high-metallicity brown dwarf. The post Strange Loner Planet Gets Astronomers’ Attention appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-13 12:08:56
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Carnival of Space #500  

This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Stefan Lamoureux at the Links Through Space blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #500. And if you're interested in looking back, here's an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you've got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. Just email […] The post Carnival of Space #500 appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-13 10:20:31
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Closest Star Around A Black Hole Discovered  

Imagine being caught in the clutches of a black hole, being whirled around at dizzying speeds and having your mass slowly but continually sucked away. That's the life of a white dwarf star that is doing an orbital dance with a black hole. And this dancing duo could be the first ultracompact black hole X-ray […] The post Closest Star Around A Black Hole Discovered appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-13 08:02:01
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Next Cygnus Cargo Ship Christened the SS John Glenn to Honor First American in Orbit  

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The next Cygnus cargo ship launching to the International Space Station (ISS) has been christened the 'S.S. John Glenn' to honor legendary NASA astronaut John Glenn – the first American to orbit the Earth back in February 1962. John Glenn was selected as one of NASA's original seven Mercury astronauts […] The post Next Cygnus Cargo Ship Christened the SS John Glenn to Honor First American in Orbit appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-12 01:09:36
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Fried Egg? Flying Saucer? Nope. Just Cool New Closeups of Saturn’s Moon Pan  

See Saturn's "UFO moon" like you've never seen it before. The post Fried Egg? Flying Saucer? Nope. Just Cool New Closeups of Saturn’s Moon Pan appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-11 04:38:48
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Exploring Titan with Aerial Platforms  

At NASA's Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop, presenters showed various concepts for exploring Saturn's moon Titan with aerial platforms. The post Exploring Titan with Aerial Platforms appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-11 04:21:46
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Astronomy Cast Ep. 443: Destroy and Rebuild Pt. 7: Tsunamis  

Surf’s up! Today we’re going to be talking about one of the most devastating natural disasters out there: tsunamis. We’re talking huge waves that wreck the seashore. But it turns out, there many ways you can get a tsunami, and one of those has to do with space. Visit the Astronomy Cast Page to subscribe […] The post Astronomy Cast Ep. 443: Destroy and Rebuild Pt. 7: Tsunamis appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-10 11:21:14
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Earth’s Twisted Sister: How Will We Reveal Venus’ Secrets?  

Venus doesn't attract as much attention as other worlds in our Solar System and beyond. But maybe it should. The post Earth’s Twisted Sister: How Will We Reveal Venus’ Secrets? appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-10 05:48:23
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SpaceX Conducts Successful Static Fire Test Permitting Post Midnight Spectacle with EchoStar 23 Comsat on March 14  

SPACE VIEW PARK/KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - After a pair of back to back postponements presumably due to technical gremlins, the third time proved to be the charm at last as SpaceX engineers carried out a successful engine test of the Falcon 9 first stage this evening (Mar. 9) atop historic pad 39 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The post SpaceX Conducts Successful Static Fire Test Permitting Post Midnight Spectacle with EchoStar 23 Comsat on March 14 appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-10 04:54:33
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Comet Encke Reemerges in the Dawn Sky  

Miss out on Comet 45/P Honda-Mrkos-Padadušakova last month? We'll admit, it was fairly underwhelming in binoculars... but fear not, there's several other binocular comets in the pipeline for 2017. The post Comet Encke Reemerges in the Dawn Sky appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-10 04:33:56
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Weekly Space Hangout – Mar 10, 2017: Nic DiPalma and Spacetime Labs  

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guest: Nic DiPalma is the Founder and CEO of SpacetimeLabs, a 'creative agency' for science - a team of award-winning designers, producers, and developers creating brands, communication strategies, and digital content for the science community. With 20 years' experience as a creative director, designer, and entrepreneur in educational media, public […] The post Weekly Space Hangout – Mar 10, 2017: Nic DiPalma and Spacetime Labs appeared firs...

2017-03-10 02:44:26
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How Will NASA Find Life On Other Worlds?  

Minds at NASA are cooking up a new approach to finding life on other worlds. The post How Will NASA Find Life On Other Worlds? appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-09 14:35:54
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The Future of Space Colonization – Terraforming or Space Habitats?  

At NASA's Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop, which took place last week, some interesting concepts for terraforming Mars and space habitats were presented. The post The Future of Space Colonization – Terraforming or Space Habitats? appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-09 12:11:15
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Are Fast Radio Bursts Evidence Of Alien Activity?  

Could Fast Radio Bursts from distant sources be artifacts of an alien propulsion system? The post Are Fast Radio Bursts Evidence Of Alien Activity? appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-09 05:10:13
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Rise of the Super Telescopes: The James Webb Space Telescope  

The eagerly anticipated James Webb Space Telescope will be the first of the Super Telescopes to start work. The post Rise of the Super Telescopes: The James Webb Space Telescope appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-08 16:49:47
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What Did Cassini Teach Us?  

In just a few months, NASA's Cassini spacecraft is going to die, crashing into the planet Saturn. Let's look back across the mission's history. What were the highlights? What did we learn? The post What Did Cassini Teach Us? appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-08 15:27:09
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1st SLS 2nd Stage Arrives at Cape for NASA’s Orion Megarocket Moon Launch in 2018  

PORT CANAVERAL - Bit by bit, piece by piece, the first of NASA's SLS megarockets designed to propel American astronauts on deep space missions back to the Moon and beyond to Mars is at last coming together on the Florida Space Coast. And the first big integrated piece of actual flight hardware - the powerful second stage named the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) - has just arrived by way of barge today (Mar. 7) at Port Canaveral, Fl. The post 1st SLS 2nd Stage Arrives at Cape for N...

2017-03-08 12:16:41
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How Long is Day on Mercury?  

Due to its rapid orbital period and slow rotation, a day on Mercury lasts 176 days, which is twice as long as a year on that planet! The post How Long is Day on Mercury? appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-08 02:05:08
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Reading The Signs Of A Martian Mega-Flood  

The latest image captured by the Mars Express has revealed evidence of a massive flood which took place in the Kasei Valles region over three billion years ago. The post Reading The Signs Of A Martian Mega-Flood appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-07 18:35:30
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Brightest ‘Spot’ on Ceres is Likely a Cryovolcano  

The bright regions on the dwarf planet Ceres have been some of the most talked about features in planetary science in recent years. While data from the Dawn spacecraft has shown these bright areas are salt deposits (alas, not lights of an alien city), the question remained of how these salts reached the surface. Researchers […] The post Brightest ‘Spot’ on Ceres is Likely a Cryovolcano appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-07 16:13:50
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Rise of the Super Telescopes: The Thirty Meter Telescope  

Super Telescopes are designed around enormous primary mirrors to gather light from the most distant objects. The Thirty Meter Telescope is no exception. The post Rise of the Super Telescopes: The Thirty Meter Telescope appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-07 15:47:50
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Mineral Points To A Water Rich Mars  

A new experiment conducted by an international team researchers has shown that Martian meteorites may have lost their water, indicating that Mars was wetter in the past than previously thought. The post Mineral Points To A Water Rich Mars appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-07 12:17:44
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Exploring Titan with Balloons and Landers  

At last week's Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop, scientists presented a concept for exploring Titan with balloons and landers. The post Exploring Titan with Balloons and Landers appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-07 06:55:53
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Towards A New Understanding Of Dark Matter  

Could Primordial Black Holes be what the Universe's dark matter is made of? The post Towards A New Understanding Of Dark Matter appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-06 14:22:51
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Messier 36 – The Pinwheel Cluster  

Located in the Auriga Constellation, roughly 4000 light years from Earth, is the open star cluster known as Messier 36 (aka. the Pinwheel Cluster) The post Messier 36 – The Pinwheel Cluster appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-06 05:17:44
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Carnival of Space #499  

This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Brian Wang at his Next Big Future blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #499 And if you're interested in looking back, here's an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you've got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. Just email an entry […] The post Carnival of Space #499 appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-06 04:22:16
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Rise of the Super Telescopes: The Large Synoptic Telescopes  

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope is different than the other Super Telescopes. It has its own agenda. The post Rise of the Super Telescopes: The Large Synoptic Telescopes appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-03 19:03:38
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This Asteroid Broke In Half, and Then Both Halves Grew Tails Like Comets  

Analysis by a team of international researchers has found an asteroid pair has formed tails after they split, making them more like comets than asteroids. The post This Asteroid Broke In Half, and Then Both Halves Grew Tails Like Comets appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-03 18:38:45
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NASA’s Plans to Explore Europa and Other “Ocean Worlds”  

At the Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop this week, NASA made a series of presentations outlining plants to explore Europa and other places in the Solar System where life could exist. The post NASA’s Plans to Explore Europa and Other “Ocean Worlds” appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-03 18:12:29
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Astronomy Cast Ep. 442: Destroy and Rebuild Pt. 6: Magnetic Pole Reversal  

If we look back into the geologic record of the Earth, it appears that our planet’s magnetic field flips polarity every few hundred thousand years or so. Why does this happen? When’s it supposed to happen next? Is it dangerous? Visit the Astronomy Cast Page to subscribe to the audio podcast! We usually record Astronomy […] The post Astronomy Cast Ep. 442: Destroy and Rebuild Pt. 6: Magnetic Pole Reversal appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-03 17:54:10
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Catch ‘The Great American Occultation’ of Aldebaran Saturday Night  

Ever watch the Moon cover up a star? There's a great chance to see just such an event this coming weekend, when the waxing gibbous Moon occults (passes in front of) the bright star Aldebaran for much of North America. The post Catch ‘The Great American Occultation’ of Aldebaran Saturday Night appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-03 08:10:03
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Weekly Space Hangout – March 3, 2017: Dr. Alan Stern of New Horizons  

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guest: Dr. Alan Stern is the Principal Investigator on the New Horizons mission. He will be joining us today to update everyone on what we now know about Pluto now that all of the New Horizons data have been received. Guests: Kimberly Cartier ( KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Paul M. […] The post Weekly Space Hangout – March 3, 2017: Dr. Alan Stern of New Horizons appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-03 05:23:56
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Curiosity Watches a Dust Devil Go Past  

Tis a season of incredible wind driven activity on Mars like few before witnessed by our human emissaries ! Its summer on the Red Planet and the talented scientists directing NASA's Curiosity rover have targeted the robots cameras so proficiently that they have efficiently spotted a multitude of 'Dust Devils' racing across the surface of Gale Crater. The post Curiosity Watches a Dust Devil Go Past appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-03 05:03:33
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When Galaxies Collide, Stars Suffer the Consequences  

A study by a team of scientists at the University of Sheffield suggests that stars being ripped apart due to galactic collisions might be 100 times more common than previously thought. The post When Galaxies Collide, Stars Suffer the Consequences appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-02 07:08:43
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NASA Proposes A Magnetic Shield to Protect Mars’ Atmosphere  

At the recent Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop, Director Jim Green and a panel of scientists proposed deploying a magnetic shield to protect Mars. The post NASA Proposes A Magnetic Shield to Protect Mars’ Atmosphere appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-02 03:22:29
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Volcanic Hydrogen Gives Planets a Boost for Life  

A new study by a team of astronomers from the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University indicates that habitable zones may be bigger than previously thought. The post Volcanic Hydrogen Gives Planets a Boost for Life appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-02 02:47:59
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Some Active Process is Cracking Open These Faults on Mars. But What is it?  

Mars' northern polar region is home to long lines of small pits, hinting at the presence of some dynamic process in the ice cap. The post Some Active Process is Cracking Open These Faults on Mars. But What is it? appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-02 01:48:50
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Rise of the Super Telescopes: The European Extremely Large Telescope  

Once the E-ELT is completed in 2014, it will be the largest optical/infrared observatory in the world. The post Rise of the Super Telescopes: The European Extremely Large Telescope appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-01 17:35:32
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How Far is Mercury from the Sun?  

As the closest (and most eccentric) planet to our Sun, Mercury's distance ranges from 46 million km (28.58 million mi) at perihelion to 57.9 million km (35.98 million mi) at aphelion. The post How Far is Mercury from the Sun? appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-01 10:27:09
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So it Begins, Red Dragon Delayed 2 Years to 2020  

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - With so many exciting projects competing for the finite time of SpaceX's super talented engineers, something important had to give. And that something comes in the form of slipping the blastoff of SpaceX's ambitious Red Dragon initiative to land the first commercial spacecraft on Mars by 2 years - to 2020. The post So it Begins, Red Dragon Delayed 2 Years to 2020 appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-01 04:23:39
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We’re Not Saying It’s Aliens Because It’s Not Aliens. But Check Out These UFO Data Visualizations  

Sam Monfort, a Doctoral Candidate at George Mason University, has created a series of visuals that illustrate the trends in UFO reporting. The post We’re Not Saying It’s Aliens Because It’s Not Aliens. But Check Out These UFO Data Visualizations appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-01 01:45:20
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7 Questions For 7 New Planets  

The TRAPPIST 7 have some explaining to do. Are they really Earth-like and potentially habitable? The post 7 Questions For 7 New Planets appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-01 01:41:21
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What the Oldest Fossil on Earth Means for Finding Life on Mars  

Scientists have found evidence that life existed on Earth much earlier than previously thought and they say this discovery has implications for life springing up on other planets, particularly Mars. Fossils of microscopic bacteria were discovered in Quebec, Canada in the Nuvvuagittuq Supracrustal Belt, a formation which contains some of the oldest sedimentary rocks in […] The post What the Oldest Fossil on Earth Means for Finding Life on Mars appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-03-01 01:30:28
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Rise of the Super Telescopes: The Overwhelmingly Large Telescope  

The Overwhelmingly Large Telescope is an 'almost telescope' that never got built. But the design and thinking behind it have helped shaped the future. The post Rise of the Super Telescopes: The Overwhelmingly Large Telescope appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-02-28 16:22:37
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Join the Eclipse MegaMovie 2017 Chronicling the August Total Solar Eclipse  

Ready for the "Great American Eclipse?" We're now less than six months out from the long-anticipated total solar eclipse spanning the contiguous United States from coast-to-coast. And while folks are scrambling to make last minute plans to stand in the path of totality on Monday, August 21st 2017 a unique project seeks seeks to document the view across the entire path. The post Join the Eclipse MegaMovie 2017 Chronicling the August Total Solar Eclipse appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-02-28 14:45:52
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Finally, the Missing Link in Planetary Formation!  

A new study by an international team of scientists may be the "missing link" in our understanding of how planets form from debris disks. The post Finally, the Missing Link in Planetary Formation! appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-02-28 09:17:11
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You Can’t See the Great Wall of China From Space, But You Can See Their Giant Solar Farm  

While the Great Wall of China is not readily visible from space (we debunked that popular myth here) there are several other human-built structures that actually can be seen from space. And that list is growing, thanks to the large solar farms being built around the world. The solar farm with the current distinction of […] The post You Can’t See the Great Wall of China From Space, But You Can See Their Giant Solar Farm appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-02-28 01:29:27
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Carnival of Space #498  

This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #498. And if you're interested in looking back, here's an archive to the past Carnivals of Space. If you've got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. Just email an entry […] The post Carnival of Space #498 appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-02-27 12:50:31
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Elon Musk Announces Daring SpaceX Dragon Flight Beyond Moon with 2 Private Astronauts in 2018  

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - Breaking News - Elon Musk, billionaire founder and CEO of SpaceX, announced today (27 Feb) a daring plan to launch a commercial manned journey to beyond the Moon and back in 2018 flying aboard an advanced crewed Dragon spacecraft paid for by two private astronauts - at a media telecon. The post Elon Musk Announces Daring SpaceX Dragon Flight Beyond Moon with 2 Private Astronauts in 2018 appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-02-27 10:47:34
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This is Actual Science. Crystals at the Earth’s Core Power its Magnetic Field  

A new study from the Tokyo Institute of Technology has shown how crystallization in the Earth's core may be what drives its magnetic field. The post This is Actual Science. Crystals at the Earth’s Core Power its Magnetic Field appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-02-27 10:37:41
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Rise of the Super Telescopes: The Giant Magellan Telescope  

The Giant Magellan Telescope is being built in Chile by a consortium of nations. It should see first light in the early 2020s. The post Rise of the Super Telescopes: The Giant Magellan Telescope appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-02-27 06:48:11
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NASA Studies Whether to Add Crew to 1st SLS Megarocket Moon Launch in 2019  

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - At the request of the new Trump Administration, NASA has initiated a month long study to determine the feasibility of converting the first integrated unmanned launch of the agency's new Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket and Orion capsule into a crewed mission that would propel two astronauts to the Moon and back by 2019 - 50 years after the first human lunar landing. The post NASA Studies Whether to Add Crew to 1st SLS Megarocket Moon Launch in 2019 appeared firs...

2017-02-25 15:09:42
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SETI Has Already Tried Listening to TRAPPIST-1 for Aliens  

Ever since the presence of exoplanets was announced in the TRAPPIST-1 system, SETI has been monitoring the system for signs of alien life. The post SETI Has Already Tried Listening to TRAPPIST-1 for Aliens appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-02-25 02:10:41
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The Cepheus Constellation  

Located in the northern hemisphere is Cepheus, one of the 48 constellations included by Ptolemy in his classic work, The Almagest. The post The Cepheus Constellation appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-02-24 15:14:05
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Wow, Mars Sure Can Be Pretty  

The HiRise camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter continues to supply stunning images of the Martian surface. The post Wow, Mars Sure Can Be Pretty appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-02-24 09:57:51
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Weekly Space Hangout – February 24, 2017: 7 New Exoplanets Around Trappist-1 and More!  

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg) Kimberly Cartier ( KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Their stories this week: Discovery of 7 exoplanet system Trappist-1 Alan Stern proposes a new definition of a planet Juno to stay in longer orbit We use a tool called Trello to […] The post Weekly Space Hangout – February 24, 2017: 7 New Exoplanets Around Trappist-1 and More! appeared firs

2017-02-24 08:42:44
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Supernova Blast Wave Still Visible After 30 Years  

30 years ago today, a supernova explosion was spotted in the southern hemisphere skies. The exploding star was located in the Large Magellanic Cloud — a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way - and Supernova 1987A was the brightest and nearest supernova explosion for modern astronomers to observe. This has provided an amazing opportunity to […] The post Supernova Blast Wave Still Visible After 30 Years appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-02-24 07:54:04
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It Might Be Possible to Refreeze the Icecaps to Slow Global Warming  

According to a new study from the School of Earth and Space Exploration, it may be possible to refreeze the Arctic to help fight Climate Change. The post It Might Be Possible to Refreeze the Icecaps to Slow Global Warming appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-02-23 20:03:20
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Ring of Fire: Catch the Only Annular Solar Eclipse of 2017 This Sunday  

'Tis the season... eclipse season, that is, as an annular solar eclipse marks the end of the first cycle of two for 2017. And although the annular path for this eclipse passes some sparsely populated parts of the southern hemisphere, we just might get some amazing live views, courtesy of modern technology and some intrepid observers willing to adventure trek after the shadow of the Moon. The post Ring of Fire: Catch the Only Annular Solar Eclipse of 2017 This Sunday appeared first on Universe To

2017-02-23 13:14:23
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NASA Fires a Rocket into the Northern Lights, for Science!  

Not only is it aurora season in Alaska, its sounding rocket season! NASA started launching a series of five sounding rockets from the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska to study the aurora. The first of these rockets for this year, a Black Brant IX, was launched in the early morning hours of February 22, […] The post NASA Fires a Rocket into the Northern Lights, for Science! appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-02-23 04:35:09
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SpaceX Dragon Arrives at Space Station with Tons of Earth and Human Science Experiments  

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - A SpaceX Dragon supply ship jam packed with more than 2.5 tons of critical science gear, crew supplies and 40 mice successfully arrived this morning at the International Space Station (ISS) - where six humans from the US, Russia and France are living and working aboard. The post SpaceX Dragon Arrives at Space Station with Tons of Earth and Human Science Experiments appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-02-23 03:43:07
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Get Ready for the First Pictures of a Black Hole’s Event Horizon  

The Event Horizon Telescope should give us our first picture of a Black Hole in the beginning of 2018. The post Get Ready for the First Pictures of a Black Hole’s Event Horizon appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-02-22 19:27:30
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How Long is a Year on Venus?  

Venus and Earth have many similarities. Both are terrestrial planets, meaning that they are composed predominately of metal and silicate rock, which is differentiated between a metal core and a silicate mantle and crust. Both also orbit the Sun within its habitable zone (aka. “Goldilocks Zone“). Hence why Venus and Earth are often called “sister […] The post How Long is a Year on Venus? appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-02-22 06:20:23
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United Arab Emirates Has a Plan to Colonize Mars with 600,000 People in 100 Years  

Elon Musk has been rather outspoken in recent years about his plan to create a human settlement on Mars. Stressing the need for a “backup location” for humanity, he has dedicated his company (SpaceX) to the creation of a reusable spacecraft (aka. the Interplanetary Transport System) that in the coming decades will be able to […] The post United Arab Emirates Has a Plan to Colonize Mars with 600,000 People in 100 Years appeared first on Universe Today.

2017-02-22 05:45:50
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