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Martian moon Phobos shows signs of impending destruction

Martian moon Phobos shows signs of impending destruction

It seems that our red neighbor just can't catch a cosmic break. After losing most of its atmosphere and almost all of its water thanks to bombardment from the sun, Mars is now likely to lose one of its moons in a few million years. Phobos, the moon that orbits closest to Mars, is showing external signs that it might be on its way out and could fall apart in 30 to 50 million years. This time, however, it might be Mars itself that will be partly to blame.

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NASA reveals Mars losing atmosphere at an alarming rate

NASA reveals Mars losing atmosphere at an alarming rate

As promised, NASA made a huge announcement regarding Mars thanks to its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission, or MAVEN. It revealed that the Martian atmosphere is thinning at a fast rate every second. The culprit? The same solar winds that whip our system, including Earth. The data gathered by MAVEN can help scientists piece together the mystery of how Mars become the cold and arid planet it is today, and perhaps offer hints about future habitable planets in solar systems much similar to ours.

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Super Strypi rocket Hawaiian launch met with failure

Super Strypi rocket Hawaiian launch met with failure

November 3, the Super Strypi rocket, also known as the Spaceborne Payloads Assist Rocket Kauai (SPARK), launched from Barking Sands in Hawaii. It was a monumental launch given the rocket's name and history. Sadly, within just a minute of its first stage flight, the rocket suffered a failure, causing it to disintegrate. Although all its payload of scientific instruments is now gone forever, the rocket's existence and mission remains, with a possible second attempt next year that, if successful, would herald a more affordable launch system for putting small payloads into orbit.

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NASA will soon start accepting new astronaut applications

NASA will soon start accepting new astronaut applications

NASA’s pining for Mars, and it’ll need people to send there. The space agency announced today that it will soon start accepting applications for new astronauts, doing so “in preparation for the agency’s journey to Mars,” among other things. More so now than ever, NASA has human spacecraft in development and it’ll need humans to operate them. The new class of astronauts, as the space agency calls them, could fly in one of four different vessels over the course of their hopeful career.

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NASA: new Mars announcement coming Thursday

NASA: new Mars announcement coming Thursday

NASA is teasing the public with yet another announcement about an upcoming announcement, saying it will reveal something new about the Mars atmosphere this upcoming Thursday, November 5. The announcement will be made live starting at 2PM EST on NASA TV, and will include a roster of speakers: Jim Green, Bruce Jakosky, Jasper Halekas, Yaxue Dong, and Dave Brain.

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Cassini flies by Enceladus’ geysers, survives to take pics

Cassini flies by Enceladus’ geysers, survives to take pics

"Flyby" has become a hot word in science news ever since the New Horizons probe made its historic flyby of Pluto in July. Of course, that isn't the only probe doing such up close and personal missions. The latest to land on the radar is Cassini, who just made its closest flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus last October 28. Cassini has been hanging around the second largest planet in the solar system since 2004 and its data on its moon could help scientists in their search for a habitable new home.

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NASA: Apollo lunar samples were likely contaminated

NASA: Apollo lunar samples were likely contaminated

In a report on Wednesday, NASA stated that the amino acids found in lunar samples from the Apolla era are likely the result of contamination from Earth, though there are a couple other possibilities. The space agency came to this conclusion due to the fact that “the lunar surface is completely inhospitable for known forms of life” — meaning the organic matter isn’t likely to have actually originated from the moon.

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Old lunar rover sold for scrap was saved from junkyard grave

Old lunar rover sold for scrap was saved from junkyard grave

Yesterday, a report surfaced about a prototype lunar rover that had been sold for scrap, having first gone from a NASA auction to someone’s barn, where it sat until the owner passed away and someone in charge of the estate took the rover to a junkyard. It was a sad story about a piece of history being lost forever, but one with an unexpected plot twist. The rover, it turns out, is doing just fine.

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Dying space body is first object ever seen transiting a white dwarf star

Dying space body is first object ever seen transiting a white dwarf star

The real-deal Death Star has been discovered - a white dwarf star with evidence of solar-system-destroying features. This may not be the only such white dwarf in the universe - in fact, chances are it isn't alone. What's unique about this situation is that it's the first evidence of a theory that said white dwarf stars become "polluted" by elements from space bodies it pulls in with its massive gravity. Bodies found around this white dwarf are far closer to it than any planet is to our own Sun.

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NASA releases Pluto ‘family portrait’ with smallest moon Kerberos

NASA releases Pluto ‘family portrait’ with smallest moon Kerberos

While NASA's spacecraft New Horizons already completed its flyby of Pluto over three months ago, some of its latest photos have been transmitted to Earth, revealing a new look at the former planet's smallest moon, Kerberos. In addition to finally getting a completed "family portrait" of Pluto and its five moons, NASA says it's realized that Kerberos is much smaller than previously thought. The pixellated photo of the moon above is actually a combination of four separate images.

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