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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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NASA reaches 10,000th near-Earth object milestone

NASA reaches 10,000th near-Earth object milestone

Although the space agency has suffered from insufficient funding for its task, NASA has pressed ahead in the long process of finding near-Earth objects, which are more commonly referred to as NEOs. By doing so, the agency is able to anticipate whether a particular space rock is a future threat to our planet, something that is part of its larger goal of developing technology to deflect asteroids into a safer trajectory. A lot of progress has been made, and the first milestone has been reached - the identification of the 10,000th NEO.

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Hubble images “The Penguin” galaxies colliding

Hubble images “The Penguin” galaxies colliding

Hubble has produced some spectacular images of space, but few of them are as interesting as the one it has recently taken of two galaxies colliding into each other, known amongst enthusiasts as "The Penguin." The galaxies get their name from their conjoined, uncanny resemblance to a penguin or some type of bird standing upright, complete with a bright eye and long beak.

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NASA Curiosity takes massive 1.3 billion pixel Mars panorama

NASA Curiosity takes massive 1.3 billion pixel Mars panorama

NASA's Curiosity rover has sent more than a few pictures of the Red Planet back to its Earth-bound audience, a great deal of which have been made freely available for the public to view on the space agency's website. The latest image to be made public, however, stands out from the rest due to its sheer size: a huge 1.3 billion pixels. Such a resolution was achieved by stitching together hundreds of frames.

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