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Pale Red Dot: Astronomers Discover Potentially Habitable Exoplanet Orbiting Nearest Star

Pale Red Dot: Astronomers Discover Potentially Habitable Exoplanet Orbiting Nearest Star

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Artist’s conception of what Proxima b might look like. It is just slightly more massive than Earth and orbits in its star’s habitable zone. Temperatures might allow liquid water to exist on its surface. A potentially habitable world, it is also now the closest known exoplanet. Image Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser Astronomers today announced one of the most exciting exoplanet discoveries yet – an…

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NASA establishes contact with STEREO mission

On Aug. 21, 2016, contact was reestablished with one of NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories, known as the STEREO-B spacecraft, after communications were lost on Oct. 1, 2014. Over 22 months, the STEREO team has worked to attempt contact with the spacecraft. Most recently, they have attempted a monthly recovery operation using NASA’s Deep Space Network, or DSN, which tracks and communicates with missions throughout space.

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Cassini Gets New Views of Titan's Land of Lakes.

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With the sun now shining down over the north pole of Saturn’s moon Titan, a little luck with the weather, and trajectories that put the spacecraft into optimal viewing positions, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has obtained new pictures of the liquid methane and ethane seas and lakes that…

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Curiosity Discovers Mars Rock Like None Before, Sets Drill Campaign.

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On the eve of the 3rd anniversary since her nail biting touchdown inside Gale Crater, NASA’s car sized Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover has discovered a new type of Martian rock that’s surprisingly rich in silica – and unlike any other targets found before. Curiosity extends robotic …

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Touchdown! Rosetta’s Philae probe lands on comet.

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ESA’s Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved. After a tense wait during the seven-hour descent to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the signal confirming the successful touchdown arr…

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NASA Orders First Ever Commercial Human Spaceflight Mission from Boeing.

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The restoration of America’s ability to launch American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) from American soil in 2017 took a major step forward when NASA ordered the first ever commercial human spaceflight mission from Boeing. Boeing was awarded the first service flight of the C…

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Nothing to squirm about: Space station worms help battle muscle and bone loss.

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It is said that great things can come in small packages. In this case, one key to keeping astronauts healthy on long-duration space missions may be found in a tiny roundworm barely a millimeter long. Two Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) investigations on theInternational Space …

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NASA Takes Giant Leaps on the Journey to Mars, Tests Technologies and Improves the Skies Above in 2014.

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In 2014, NASA took significant steps on the agency’s journey to Mars — testing cutting-edge technologies and making scientific discoveries while studying our changing Earth and the infinite universe as the agency made progress on the next generation of air travel. Artist concept of NASA’s …

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Chinese Unmanned Lunar Orbiter Returns Home Safely, Paves Path for Ambitious Lunar Sample Return.

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A Chinese robotic probe has just successfully completed the first round trip to the Moon and back home in four decades that paves the path for China’s next great space leap forward – an ambitious mission to return samples from the lunar surface later this decade. Researchers retrieve the return …

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NASA Mission Provides Its First Look at Martian Upper Atmosphere.

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NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided scientists their first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars, produced unprecedented ultraviolet images of the tenuous oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon coronas surrounding the Red Planet, and yielded a…

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Orion Spacecraft Stacks Up for First Flight.

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With just six months until its first trip to space, NASA’s Orion spacecraft continues taking shape at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Engineers began stacking the crew module on top of the completed service module Monday, the first step in moving the three primary Orion e…

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