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Blue planet with 2,000-degree glass rainstorms could help find new Earth

Blue planet with 2,000-degree glass rainstorms could help find new Earth

NASA's Hubble space telescope has identified the true color of a planet 63 light years away from Earth, a distant blue marble that, unlike our own planet, has torrential rainstorms of glass. HD 189733b, orbiting star HD 189733, would be seen by human eyes as a striking cobalt blue, the Hubble team says, ostensibly similar to Earth when viewed from space. However, in actual fact the exoplanet is one of a bizarre collection of "hot Jupiters" where temperatures can reach almost 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (over 1,000 degrees Celcius).

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NASA reveals the solar system has a tail of its own

NASA reveals the solar system has a tail of its own

Many stunning objects in our solar system have tails. We see them most often in comets, meteoroids, asteroids, etc. Tails are formed when dust and ice on these objects burn up as they heat up, which results in debris letting loose and leaving a trail behind the comet. As it turns out, even our own solar system has a tail.

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NASA GROVER rover completes first tests in remote arctic expedition

NASA GROVER rover completes first tests in remote arctic expedition

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover may be the agency's latest space-faring rover, but their newest wheeled robot was recently deployed in the cold depths of Greenland. Called the Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research rover (GROVER for short), NASA took it out into the cold weather to complete a round of tests to see how it would fare in negative 22-degree Fahrenheit weather.

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Star Trek deflector shield could protect Mars mission from cancer risk

Star Trek deflector shield could protect Mars mission from cancer risk

A Star Trek style deflector shield that could protect deep-space astronauts, such as the much-discussed manned mission to Mars, from cancer-causing levels of radiation is in testing, researchers have revealed. The system, described as a "mini-magnetosphere" in reference to the Earth's magnetic field which protects us from solar radiation, is the handiwork of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and relies upon the fact that by creating a magnetic field around a spacecraft, the dangerous rays can be deflected and the astronauts preserved in a bubble of safety for their journey.

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Planetary protection regulations stymieing Mars missions, says researchers

Planetary protection regulations stymieing Mars missions, says researchers

While NASA has been carrying out some extensive missions on Mars, looking for evidence of water and signs that the planet could have supported life, it has been required to follow strict requirements to prevent contamination. The idea behind this is that the introduction of microbes from Earth could harm the Martian planet, something researchers have spoken out against today.

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