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The hunt for dark matter: NASA’s Hubble, Chandra uncover new clues

The hunt for dark matter: NASA’s Hubble, Chandra uncover new clues

Astronomers have uncovered new clues about the nature of mysterious dark matter using NASA's Hubble telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The newest discovery is that dark matter doesn't decelerate when it collides against other dark matter. Previous theories held dark matter to be more interactive. If this new information is correct, it could eliminate some previous theories about the behavior of dark matter. For example: because dark matter doesn't slow down when it collides with itself, theories relying on strong friction are out the window.

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Behold, the 50-year-old Corned Beef Sandwich in Space

Behold, the 50-year-old Corned Beef Sandwich in Space

What an odd thing to memorialize - but there it is. The 50th anniversary of the first (and last) corned-beef sandwich to fly through space. Back on the 23rd of March, 1964, NASA launched their first two-man space mission Gemini 3. Two hours into the flight, astronaut John Young pulled a corned beef sandwich out of his space suit pocket. It was a joke, or a "gotcha" as his partner called them - but a joke that turned deadly serious not long after his epic sandwich-heavy space-prank was revealed.

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Curiosity’s latest Mars find: “biologically useful” nitrogen

Curiosity’s latest Mars find: “biologically useful” nitrogen

Despite the recent resurfaced scandal surrounding Mars One, it's business as usual for those working on the real and present-day Mars. That doesn't mean, however, that NASA's scientists don't have anything just as spectacular but even more scientifically sound. From the results gathered by Curiosity Rover's "Sample Analysis at Mars" equipment, or SAM, researchers discovered the presence of nitrogen, quite a lot of them. While this alone might be boring, it's the nature of those nitrogen molecules that are more interesting. These particular molecules are a type of nitrogen that could have very well been useful to organic life.

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New unmanned Dream Chaser spacecraft designed for ISS missons

New unmanned Dream Chaser spacecraft designed for ISS missons

Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) created a new spacecraft to compete in NASA's latest space vehicle contract. SNC's newest creation is the Dream Chaser Cargo System. This futuristic looking spacecraft is designed to fly back and forth between earth and the International Space Station (ISS) and is planning to do so completely unmanned. The newest model of the Dream Chaser is in the running for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract and will be competing against other private companies such as Space X and Boeing.

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Solar eclipse captured in photo series from ISS

Solar eclipse captured in photo series from ISS

The solar eclipse that took place today was photographed from the International Space Station, giving a look at the phenomenon from a unique vantage point. The images were snapped by Expedition 43 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti, some of which she posted on her Twitter account (which is full of other fascinating space-centric pictures). These images, of course, aren't to be confused with that fake solar eclipse picture that has been making its way around Twitter. We've a gallery after the jump!

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NASA hails successful test of Mars lander tech

NASA hails successful test of Mars lander tech

NASA is working on a new Mars lander technology that will allow scientists to place a spacecraft exactly where they want on the surface of the red planet. This lander tech is known as ADAPT. The test system is designed to help a spacecraft divert course and make a smooth pinpoint landing. By contrast, when Curiosity landed on Mars, NASA scientists had a massive landing area 12 miles by 4 miles as the location they wanted to hit.

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Dear Mars, what’s that dust? MAVEN seeks answers

Dear Mars, what’s that dust? MAVEN seeks answers

NASA's MAVEN craft has sent back data on auroras and dust at high altitudes above Mars - the latter is a mystery to observers both amateur and professional. Back in February a couple of amateur stargazers first announced spotting this dust cloud (having spotted it all the way back in 2012). There was quite a bit of nay-saying at the time about the origin of said photos - and their resolution - so we explained why images of the dust were of such terrible quality. Now it's MAVEN's turn.

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NASA tests LEAPTech: a crazy experimental 18-engine electric wing

NASA tests LEAPTech: a crazy experimental 18-engine electric wing

NASA is testing their latest experiment; the new idea is the LEAPTech electric wing. LEAPTech stands for Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology, and this set of wings looks very different from a traditional airplane wing. The LEAPTech wing looks a bit strange with its narrow surface area and its lengthy 31-foot wingspan. Not to mention that the wings are decked out with 18 small engines, while most commerical jets normally have two or four engines. It's electric and aims to be safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly.

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NASA successfully launches Magnetosphere Multiscale spacecraft

NASA successfully launches Magnetosphere Multiscale spacecraft

NASA has announced that it has successfully launched four new spacecraft this week. The spacecraft are called the Magnetosphere multiscale (MMS) spacecraft and will be positioned in Earth orbit. The spacecraft launched on top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Thursday, March 12. The launch occurred at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41.

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