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Blue Origin to launch its reusable rocket a third time

Blue Origin to launch its reusable rocket a third time

Blue Origin, the private space agency owned by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, has revealed that for a third time it will be launching its reusable rocket later today, followed of course by another successful landing attempt. "Working to fly again tomorrow. Same vehicle. Third time. #LaunchLandRepeat," Bezos tweeted on Friday, indicating that they will be using the same New Shepard rocket that has already been launched and made a soft landing on two separate occasions.

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Sun-like star has a planet developing around it right now

Sun-like star has a planet developing around it right now

Scientists the world over are always out for new insights to exactly how planets form around stars early in their existence. Recently scientists snapped images of a very young planet that is currently forming around its parent star. That parent star is called TW Hydrae and it has a planet forming disc orbiting around it. One curious planet is forming around the star at roughly the same distance that Earth is from the sun.

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NASA’s helping track deer birth rates from space

NASA’s helping track deer birth rates from space

NASA is using its satellites to help researchers track deer births from space. This is made possible by tracking vegetation across the nation using satellite imagery. Mule deer, the variety cited by NASA, are in need of ample amounts of vegetation during the late stages of pregnancy and for a while after giving birth -- knowing that, and by using NASA's satellite data, researchers have been able to figure out when fawning season will start.

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BEAM inflatable room launches for ISS next week

BEAM inflatable room launches for ISS next week

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, also known as BEAM, will be making its way to the International Space Station per next week’s launch. BEAM is an inflatable habitat (a room) designed by Bigelow Aerospace, and it will be attached to the ISS for testing. During its time, astronauts will occupy the habitat for a handful of hours at a time, doing so a few times each year for the next two years. Bigelow’s researchers will gather data from the habitat and learn how it holds up in space.

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Jupiter asteroid impact caught on video

Jupiter asteroid impact caught on video

While NASA is busy keeping an eye out for asteroids buzzing our way, some others have their eyes set on distant planets, hoping to catch a little action of their own. Amateur astronomer Gerrit Kernbauer was successful in this mission, managing to record an impact on Jupiter — likely an asteroid or a comet slamming into its surface. The impact created a large enough blast of debris to be seen in the relatively fuzzy, jumpy video, and provides a fascinating look at a sliver of action elsewhere in the universe.

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NASA wants to solve Hot Jupiter exoplanet mystery

NASA wants to solve Hot Jupiter exoplanet mystery

One of the mysteries of the universe that NASA really wants to solve has to do with a type of exoplanet called a hot Jupiter. These planets are gas giants like Jupiter in our solar system, only they are much hotter thanks to orbiting very close to their parent stars. Scientist assumed for a long time that our solar system was the norm, but with more and more hot Jupiter planets discovered, it turns out our solar system is the odd ball in the universe.

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NASA finds signs of an old frozen lake on Pluto

NASA finds signs of an old frozen lake on Pluto

NASA has released an image of what was likely a lake long, long ago in Pluto’s past. The image shows a frozen, somewhat random smooth patch on an otherwise rocky landscape, one that looks very similar to a lake or pond surrounded by hills and mountains. The image was taken by the space agency’s New Horizons spacecraft, which also found evidence of possible past liquid channels that flowed across the planet’s surface.

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New research suggests Saturn’s rings & moons may be younger than dinosaurs

New research suggests Saturn’s rings & moons may be younger than dinosaurs

The most iconic feature of the planet Saturn — it's wide set of rings — along with its many icy moons may actually be much younger than previously thought. A new study published by the SETI Institute says that Saturn's rings and inner moons may be no more than 100 million years old, meaning they likely formed when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. That would make them about 4 billion years younger than the planet Saturn itself.

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NASA says moon spin axis shifted by 5-degrees 3 billion years ago

NASA says moon spin axis shifted by 5-degrees 3 billion years ago

NASA has discovered evidence via research that it funded that indicates eons ago the surface of the moon might have looked different from Earth. According to the research the spin axis of the moon shifted by about 5-degrees around 3 billion years ago. Evidence of this movement was found in how ancient lunar ice is distributed seen as evidence of water delivered to the early solar system.

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NASA Ceres low-orbit pics show salt, mountains, shiny craters

NASA Ceres low-orbit pics show salt, mountains, shiny craters

Yesterday, NASA researchers unveiled a bunch of images revealing a close-up look at Ceres, the dwarf planet. These images were captured by the Dawn spacecraft when it was at its lowest orbit, and they include some detailed views of the Occator Crater, as well as the shiny surfaces causing those mysterious bright spots. A color-enhanced map of Ceres has been released, as well as a video explaining different features on the landscape.

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NASA explores equipment to keep astronauts fit

NASA explores equipment to keep astronauts fit

NASA is talking up some of the equipment that it has invented for astronauts to use to keep fit while they are on a long duration space missions. To avoid losing muscle and bone mass, astronauts must work out for two hours each day. During the week ISS astronauts have access to three different pieces of workout gear, a bike, a treadmill, and the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device dubbed ARED.

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Flash of a dying star “caught on camera” for the first time

Flash of a dying star “caught on camera” for the first time

We may have images, both static and moving, of stars going boom playing in our head, but actually capturing that brilliant flash of light that heralds the start of a supernova isn't that easy. Even when we're talking about an event that has happened possibly thousands if not millions of years ago. And yet the once defunct Kepler space observatory spacecraft managed to make possible the near impossible, capturing for the first time the so-called shock breakout that precedes the explosion of a dying star.

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