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Flames and fanfare as NASA’s Mars mission rocket aces testing

Flames and fanfare as NASA’s Mars mission rocket aces testing

As ways to disturb the peace and quiet of the desert go, firing up the most powerful rocket in the world has to be near the top of the list. That was the fun & games had by NASA and Orbital ATK today, testing out the new Space Launch System (SLS) booster that will one day take first uncrewed probes and then astronauts to Mars.

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As crunch day nears, NASA’s Juno beams home stunning Jupiter photo

As crunch day nears, NASA’s Juno beams home stunning Jupiter photo

NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter may still be a week out from the distant planet, but it's already sending back unique images of the gas giant. The probe isn't expected to reach Jupiter until July 4th, but has been beaming back early photography as it makes its final approach, including hitherto-unseen angles of not only the planet but its four largest moons, too.

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NASA’s Curiosity rover will attempt to collect water sample on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover will attempt to collect water sample on Mars

Over the last year, NASA has discovered numerous evidence that liquid water exists on Mars. With signs the red planet once had lakes, and frozen water found on mountains, NASA now wants to try collecting a sample, and plans to use the Curiosity rover to do it. The robot is already located near Mars's Gale Crater, and it will travel to inspect a pair of gullies on the side of Mount Sharp.

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Pluto’s moon Charon is home to a ‘super’ Grand Canyon, says NASA

Pluto’s moon Charon is home to a ‘super’ Grand Canyon, says NASA

We’ve see many highly detailed, usually stunning images of Pluto over past months, and now NASA is back with a similarly great photo, only this time it’s of Pluto’s moon Charon. As with other photos taken by New Horizons recently, the image is very detailed and high in quality, and in it we see a massive ridge etched into the moon — one so big it appears a piece of the celestial body is about to chip free.

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Hubble spies Neptune’s newest dark spot

Hubble spies Neptune’s newest dark spot

The Hubble Space Telescope has been busily snapping photos of planets and other objects in the solar system and galaxy for years and some of its latest photos taken last month are of Neptune. In these new photos, taken on May 16, 2016, Hubble has spied a new dark spot in the atmosphere of the cold blue planet. These images aren't the first time that we have seen such a dark spot on Neptune.

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NASA TV launches on Apple TV

NASA TV launches on Apple TV

NASA has announced that it has launched its app on a new platform, this time it works on the latest generation of the Apple TV. The app was previously offered on Android, iPad, iPhone, and Fire OS devices. Prior to being rolled out for the Apple TV, the app was downloaded over 17 million times across all available device platforms.

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NASA reveals 14-motor electric X-plane prototype

NASA reveals 14-motor electric X-plane prototype

Last year NASA announced a plan to design commercial passenger airplanes that use electricity in an attempt to improve the loud, fuel-reliant planes the industry uses today. This week, the agency revealed a research prototype called X-57. Dubbed "Maxwell," after 19th century scientists James Clerk Maxwell, it's NASA's first X-plane in 10 years, and it features 14 all-electric motors.

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3 ISS astronauts return to Earth after 186 days in space

3 ISS astronauts return to Earth after 186 days in space

Most people would agree there's nothing like sleeping in your own bed after a decent amount of time away from home, but for these three astronauts, they're probably just happy to be back on Earth, regardless of where they sleep. Early Saturday morning saw the return of NASA's Commander Tim Kopra, the European Space Agency's Tim Peake, and Yuri Malenchenko of Russia's Roscomos after spending 186 consecutive days in space.

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NASA teams with American Airlines to bolster flight training and more

NASA teams with American Airlines to bolster flight training and more

NASA has partnered with American Airlines in a deal that will span the next five years, giving NASA researchers observational access to AA cockpits during flights throughout the years. The observations will be used as part of the space agency’s work on improving cockpit displays, as well as flighting training and “other flight desk operations,” NASA said in a statement. Under the partnership, NASA researchers will be able to tag along on half a dozen or more round trip flights every year for the next half decade.

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Mars’ history may be filled with explosive volcanoes

Mars’ history may be filled with explosive volcanoes

According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Mars may have had explosive volcanoes at some point in its history. Such a conclusion comes via a sample the Mars Curiosity rover took of the landscape, with testing of the sample revealing that it contains a mineral commonly associated with explosive volcanoes: tridymite.

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NASA and UAE Space Agency sign peaceful space exploration agreement

NASA and UAE Space Agency sign peaceful space exploration agreement

NASA and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency have entered into an agreement that will result in the duo working together for certain aeronautics research, NASA announced on Sunday. This agreement will see NASA and the UAE Space Agency cooperating in the use of airspace and the exploration of said airspace “for peaceful purposes,” said the space agency, with the deal ultimately serving to aid NASA’s ambitious plan to get humans to Mars.

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BEAM inflatable ISS module hatch opened for the first time this week

BEAM inflatable ISS module hatch opened for the first time this week

In late March, a resupply capsule lifted off and headed to the ISS and among the gear and supplies on board was the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module known as BEAM. After many weeks of work, the BEAM module was finally inflated and astronaut Jeff Williams entered the BEAM module for the first time this week. Upon entering the new module, Williams checked sensors, installed air ducts, and reported to controllers on Earth that the module was in working order.

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