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Voyager 1 exits solar system, experiences massive changes in radiation levels

Voyager 1 exits solar system, experiences massive changes in radiation levels

We've talked about the Voyager 1 spacecraft in the past, and it's most known for being the farthest man-made object from the Earth, and it's been announced that the 1,600-pound space probe has exited our solar system, as well as the heliosphere beyond the influence of the Sun. However, the probe has been experiencing drastic changes in radiation levels since leaving the solar system.

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Europe and Russia teaming up for mission to Mars

Europe and Russia teaming up for mission to Mars

NASA may have already landed several rovers on the surface of Mars, but that isn't stopping other countries from trying it themselves. The European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscosmos have signed a deal to launch an orbiter in 2016 that will orbit the Red Planet, as well as plans to put a rover on Mars in 2018 as part of the ExoMars program.

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SpaceX shows impressive Grasshopper rocket demonstration

SpaceX shows impressive Grasshopper rocket demonstration

SpaceX released a video detailing its most recent launch of its Grasshopper reusable rocket. The video demonstrates the continuous advancements SpaceX is making, and how Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, is working hard to achieve his goal of making space travel much more cost friendly. On March 7th, 2013, the Grasshopper was able to hover 262.8 feet, which is over twice the amount it was able to hover back in December.

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Elon Musk says SpaceX is working on reusable rockets

Elon Musk says SpaceX is working on reusable rockets

The CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, took the stage yesterday at SXSW to discuss several things, including a couple of new projects SpaceX is working on. SpaceX is currently working on building rockets that are reusable. The rockets are what Musk says is one of the roadblocks that is holding back humanity from the future of space travel. The cost of making the one-time use rockets is what's stopping many businesses from joining the industry.

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Buried flood channels discovered on Mars

Buried flood channels discovered on Mars

Scientists have discovered some buried channels on Mars that show signs of flooding on the planet. The flood channels were discovered near Mars's equator along a region called Elysium Planitia, one of the youngest volcanic region on the planet. The scientists are currently looking into the cause of the floods, and how they relate to the climate changes on the planet. So far, scientists believe that the flood waters originated from a deep water reservoir that was released by tectonic or volcanic activity.

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SpaceX Dragon to dock with International Space Station on Sunday

SpaceX Dragon to dock with International Space Station on Sunday

SpaceX's Dragon capsule is officially confirmed to be docking with the International Space Station beginning Sunday, March 2nd, at 6:00 AM Eastern Standard Time, or 3:00AM Pacific Standard Time. The attachment should be completed around 10:00AM EST/7:00AM PST. Dragon experienced some issues shortly after entering orbit, which resulted in a one-day delay of its arrival. But the ISS should be receiving their supplies come tomorrow.

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NASA to test data transmission using lasers

NASA to test data transmission using lasers

If you could only choose two things to love, it would probably be space and lasers, right? It's your lucky then, because NASA has announced that it will begin testing new communication and data transmission technologies using lasers starting in October. The system will be called OPALS, or Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science, and it "has the potential to change the way data is transmitted from space to Earth."

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