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Mars Rover Curiosity Has Fired its Laser a Lot Mars Rover Curiosity Has Fired its Laser a Lot

NASA today officially announced that Mars rover Curiosity has fired its infrared laser more than 102,000 times. The 100,000th blast came back near the end of October, when the rover shot over 300 blasts at a rock named “Ithaca” from …

New Saturn North Pole Storm Images Released New Saturn North Pole Storm Images Released

NASA today released new images of Saturn taken by the Cassini spacecraft. The images are the highest-ever resolution photos of the planet’s north pole. The images depict the so-called “hexagon” jet stream located near the north pole of Saturn. The …

Astronomers May Have Spotted a Double Black Hole Astronomers May Have Spotted a Double Black Hole
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Astronomers this week revealed that a double black hole system may have been found. An object known as WISE J233237.05-505643.5 was spotted at the center of a galaxy 3.8 billion light-years from our solar system. The jet shooting up out …

Mars Rover Curiosity Resumes Roving Mars Rover Curiosity Resumes Roving

NASA today announced that Mars rover Curiosity resumed its exploration of Mars this weekend. The rover’s exploration had been suspended last week following an unexpected electrical issue. This is the second time in November that Curiosity has been reactivated following …

Black Beauty Meteorite from Mars Found in Africa Black Beauty Meteorite from Mars Found in Africa
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CNN reports a mysterious meteorite has been discovered in the northern part of Africa, and scientists are dating it at 4.4 billion years. The study was published in the journal Nature. Nicknamed “Black Beauty,” the authors of the study believe …

Astronomers Confirm Milky Way Particle Jet Astronomers Confirm Milky Way Particle Jet

Astronomers this week have revealed the confirmation that the black hole at the center of our galaxy is ejecting a stream of high-energy particles. The new findings have been published in The Astrophysical Journal. Researchers for some time have assumed …

Mars Rover Curiosity Halted Over Electrical Issue Mars Rover Curiosity Halted Over Electrical Issue

NASA today announced that Mars rover Curiosity‘s planned research has been suspended temporarily. The rover is still functional, but has been put on hold while researchers examine an electricity issue that has been detected. This news comes just a week …

NASA Successfully Launches its MAVEN Mission to Mars NASA Successfully Launches its MAVEN Mission to Mars
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On Monday afternoon NASA successfully launched its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) probe from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The probe’s solar arrays were deployed soon after it’s final rocket stage, sending it on its months-long journey to the planet …

Mars-Bound NASA Orbiter MAVEN Set to Launch Mars-Bound NASA Orbiter MAVEN Set to Launch

Mars has been quite the hot spot lately. First, discussions about cultivating a human population on the planet have circulated. Now, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is being prepared for the Monday, November 18th launch that is set for 1:28 p.m. EST. …

Hubble Finds Young Milky Way-Like Galaxies Hubble Finds Young Milky Way-Like Galaxies

Astronomers this week detailed findings showing how our own galaxy, the Milky Way, may have looked when it was first forming. The research, published recently in The Astrophysical Journal, shows that the Milky Way was likely once a blue-hued, gas-filled, …

NASA Declares Commercial Space Program a Success NASA Declares Commercial Space Program a Success
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Over one year on from the first successful commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA today declared its commercial space program a complete success. This comes as NASA is ending its Comercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) initiative, …

Mars Rover Curiosity is Back in Action Mars Rover Curiosity is Back in Action
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NASA today announced that Mars rover Curiosity is now out of safe mode and operating normally. The rover had rebooted into safe mode unexpectedly last week while transferring data between the rover and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Curiosity is expected …

Astronomers Spot Newborn Star Spouting Gas Astronomers Spot Newborn Star Spouting Gas

NASA today unveiled a new image of the stellar object known as HH 46/47. The picture shows that the object is a newly-formed star that is shedding some of the gasses from which it formed. The new observations have been …

Hubble Telescope Spots Six-Tailed Asteroid Hubble Telescope Spots Six-Tailed Asteroid

Astronomers today announced that an asteroid with six “comet-like” tails has been discovered. The asteroid, currently named P/2013 P5, was imaged twice in September by the Hubble Space Telescope. Its strange tails were seen changing position over the course of …

New Bacteria Found in NASA, ESA Clean Rooms New Bacteria Found in NASA, ESA Clean Rooms

Researchers this week revealed that a new genus of bacteria has been discovered in some of the cleanest places on Earth. A paper published in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology names the new bacteria “Tersicoccus phoenicis.” The …

8.8 Billion Earth-Like Planets Inhabit the Milky Way 8.8 Billion Earth-Like Planets Inhabit the Milky Way
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The AP via NBC News took notice of a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: apparently, Earth is one of 8.8 billion similar planets in the Milky Way that fall inside the “Goldilocks …

India Mars Mission Under Way, Despite Odds India Mars Mission Under Way, Despite Odds

India seeks to join the United States and the former Soviet Union in a singular space exploration achievement: sending an unmanned probe to Mars successfully. India’s space agency (ISRO) hopes to demonstrate their nation’s capacity to reach the orbit of …

Mars Rover Curiosity Drove Itself For Two Days This Weekend Mars Rover Curiosity Drove Itself For Two Days This Weekend
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NASA this week announced that Mars rover Curiosity this weekend drove itself over the surface of Mars for two days. The rover used its autonomous driving mode to scope out driving routes on its own, traveling 262 feet closer to …

LADEE’s Laser Sets Space Download Record LADEE’s Laser Sets Space Download Record

NASA has revealed that its Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) set a record for transmitting data from the moon to Earth. The record was set on October 18, when the device transmitted data to Earth at 622 Mbps – six …

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Goes into Safe Mode NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Goes into Safe Mode

While being monitored by NASA’s shutdown-inhibited skeleton crew, the Jupiter-bound spacecraft Juno emerged from Earth’s shadow in safe mode on Wednesday, which indicates that there’s a problem. The issue presented itself as the craft used Earth as a gravity slingshot, …

Here’s Some Footage Of That NASA-Funded 3D Pizza Printer Here’s Some Footage Of That NASA-Funded 3D Pizza Printer

Back in May, NASA announced that it was working with Systems & Materials Research on a 3D printer that could make food. The idea was that astronauts on long trips could print their food instead of having to eat from …