Space

Researchers find water ice on comet 67P’s surface

Researchers find water ice on comet 67P’s surface

The European Space Agency has confirmed that ice found on the comet 67P's surface is water. Some parts of the comet have “significant” amounts of water ice, while other portions of the comet’s surface have lesser amounts. The confirmation comes a long while after Rosetta arrived at the comet in 2014 and observed ice a short while later.

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NASA spots (possible) ice volcano on Pluto

NASA spots (possible) ice volcano on Pluto

NASA has released a new photograph taken by its New Horizons spacecraft that shows what researchers believe is a cryovolcano — that is, an ice volcano — on Pluto. The image was taken last summer and shows a part of Pluto known as Wright Mons. NASA points toward a number of intriguing features that hint at active volcanoes in Pluto’s past -- the volcano spotted this time around is one of a possible pair.

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Astronomers spot brightest supernova on record

Astronomers spot brightest supernova on record

Astronomers have spotted what they say is the brightest supernova to have ever been recorded. The explosion took place 3.8 billions light years from our own planet, and was spotted as part of a survey of the night sky. Though massive, the explosion wasn’t something that could have been seen with the naked eye — say researchers, it was 22,700 times fainter than the most dim object an eye can see.

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NASA awards SpaceX, SNC, and Orbital ATK ISS cargo contracts

NASA awards SpaceX, SNC, and Orbital ATK ISS cargo contracts

NASA has announced that SpaceX, Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC), and Orbital ATK have been given contracts for delivering cargo to the International Space Station. The contracts will span from 2019 to 2024, and though details are still light at this time, the space agency says each contract guarantees a minimum of six missions for the companies.

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Green pea galaxy may explain a mystery of the universe

Green pea galaxy may explain a mystery of the universe

There are many mysteries about the universe around us and what exactly causes some of the phenomena that scientists have been studying for decades. One of those mysteries is why exactly the universe was very hot and dense early in its formation, then cooled and spread out, only to become heated and filled with ionized hydrogen again a billion years later.

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NASA image shows ‘snail’ traveling across Pluto

NASA image shows ‘snail’ traveling across Pluto

It may not be as interesting as crabs on Mars, but a relatively new NASA picture shows what some say is a snail-like being on Pluto. The image was captured by the New Horizons spacecraft as it made a flyby of the planet back in July. Pictured in a somewhat barren landscape is a ‘snail,’ or better put, an object that looks like a snail. Some enthusiasts hope it is a glimpse of alien life, but the real answer is (probably) far more mundane.

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Relive history with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 landing montage

Relive history with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 landing montage

There is no way around it. SpaceX will be memorialized in spaceflight history as having made the first orbital rocket landing. More than just the feat itself, it will hopefully open the doors to reusable rockets in the future. That second part of SpaceX's equation still has to be delivered, as the historic Falcon 9 has yet to make its first flight after its momentous landing. In the meantime, however, Elon Musk's company will not waste any time or marketing resource to let the world know about its achievement, like through this almost four-minute compilation of the dramatic moments in SpaceX history.

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Audi Lunar Quattro moon rover first look: XPRIZE-bound

Audi Lunar Quattro moon rover first look: XPRIZE-bound

Easily the tiniest of the vehicles we've seen so far at the Detroit Auto show is here in the Audi Lunar Quattro. This vehicle is meant to head to the moon as part of Google's Lunar XPRIZE competition, aiming to launch a vehicle that'll be placed on the moon and explore a space of at least 500 meters. Equipped with an HD camera array, this tiny vehicle will send high-definition video and high-definition photos aplenty from our moon back to the planet Earth.

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Astronomers invent new way to measure gravity pull on distant stars

Astronomers invent new way to measure gravity pull on distant stars

Astronomers have developed a new method to measure the pull of gravity on the surface of distant stars. The new method gives the scientists a new way to determine how much a human would weigh on another star. Determining how much a human would weigh on a distant star is important because it is used in part to help determine if life could survive on planets orbiting the star.

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NASA granted $55m for deep-space habitation project

NASA granted $55m for deep-space habitation project

NASA will develop a habitation module using funds granted through a spending bill recently passed by Congress. This habitation module will be tasked with helping the space agency in its deep space exploration ambitions, though details on how exactly NASA will utilize the funds isn’t clear at this point. The space agency will spend $55 million or more on developing the habitation module, and will need to have a prototype finished by 2018.

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NASA finds all 26 letters of the alphabet from space

NASA finds all 26 letters of the alphabet from space

Some of the people who work at NASA spend their time pouring over the gobs of images that come into the space agency from various satellites, astronauts on the ISS, and telescopes around the world. Many of the images are of Earth seen from space and one NASA worker decided to see if he could find all 26 letters of the English alphabet in these images.

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Astronaut posts picture of wilted flowers on ISS

Astronaut posts picture of wilted flowers on ISS

If you follow astronaut Scott Kelly on Instagram, you probably saw the image he posted recently of some wilted flowers with the caption, “Our plants aren’t looking too good.” Those are, of course, the flowers NASA’s crew turned their attention to after successfully growing lettuce in space. Despite the impression given by Kelly's photo, though, the flower-growing experiment wasn't at all a failure.

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