Space

NASA creates Pluto aerial tour with New Horizons images

NASA creates Pluto aerial tour with New Horizons images

Over the last several weeks the New Horizons spacecraft that NASA sent to study Pluto has been sending back the best images of the former planet that we have ever had the chance to look at. The images are detailed enough that we can see many of the surface features of the celestial body for the first time. New Horizons has also sent back photos of Pluto's largest moon Charon.

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NASA wants student help to land astronauts on Mars

NASA wants student help to land astronauts on Mars

NASA is hoping for a shot of student inspiration to figure out how to safely land crewed spacecraft on Mars, offering paid internships as a reward for ideas. The space agency hopes to take human astronauts to the red planet in the 2030s, but among the technical issues the project faces is completing the very final step of the journey: touchdown.

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NASA: Enceladus has a global ocean beneath its icy surface

NASA: Enceladus has a global ocean beneath its icy surface

Saturn’s moon Enceladus has an icy grooved crust, and beneath it lies a global ocean, says NASA. Researchers for the space agency came to this conclusion due to the moon’s “very slight wobble”, which must be the result of a liquid underbelly and nothing else. Images from Cassini confirmed the belief that Enceladus holds a global ocean under the icy shell, something that itself was first indicated by data collected by the spacecraft.

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3D-printed Mars habitat concept teases the imagination

3D-printed Mars habitat concept teases the imagination

When humans colonize Mars, they’ll first be living in shelters that provide the environment necessary for survival. NASA is trying to jumpstart the development of those habitats with its 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge, and we’ve seen various concepts that hint at what one day may be called home. French entity Fabulous has unveiled its own 3D-printed Mars shelter, which was spurred by NASA’s competition; it is called Sfero, and it is designed to use materials available on Mars.

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Here’s how Blue Origin will launch space tours from Florida

Here’s how Blue Origin will launch space tours from Florida

This morning Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin, announced that the space company would launch tourists from a new Florida-based launchpad. This is the first time the company has formally announced a place from whens they will be launching, and the new closest point to when we'll be able to take a trip to space as everyday common citizens. Blue Origin's announcement via Bezos this morning places their new launch site at Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

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Curiosity finds petrified sand dunes on Mars

Curiosity finds petrified sand dunes on Mars

A bit tired of flying around Pluto in the outer ridges of our solar system? Then perhaps it's time to zoom back into our own nearby neighborhood, because the Curiosity has something interesting to share. The Martian rover has just finished taking its latest album of the red planet, which NASA has stitched up together into one glorious panorama. Lo and behold, the images revealed some petrified sand dunes not unlike those found here on Earth, which could hold more clues to Mars' ancient past.

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After 33 years a supermoon eclipse is coming, and NASA is giddy

After 33 years a supermoon eclipse is coming, and NASA is giddy

A supermoon will be taking place on September 27th, which means a full moon will be visible when it is at the point in its orbit where it is closest to the Earth. However, as NASA explains, this is the first time in over 30 years that a lunar eclipse will be taking place at the exact same time. So in the evening on September 27th in the US, people will be able to view a total lunar eclipse of the largest moon we can see for over an hour.

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Boeing’s all-electric propulsion satellite begins operation

Boeing’s all-electric propulsion satellite begins operation

The world's first all-electric propulsion satellite, built by Boeing, has officially entered operations, the company has revealed. The ABS-3A 702SP (small platform) satellite, first launched into space back in March, serves as a telecommunications satellite and was given to its owners on August 31st. Boeing built the satellite for ABS, a telecommunications company in Bermuda, which says it will be used to provide service to North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

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NASA considering exploration of Saturn’s Moon Enceladus for life

NASA considering exploration of Saturn’s Moon Enceladus for life

Plans are being made at NASA to dispatch two probes within the next 10 years to explore moons for their potential to support life. The first location, already decided on, is Jupiter's moon Europa, and being considered for the second is Enceladus, a satellite of Saturn. The two bodies are covered in ice, but it's believed under that surface are oceans of water, which astrobiologists think are the best chances at finding alien life.

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