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Flames and fanfare as NASA’s Mars mission rocket aces testing

Flames and fanfare as NASA’s Mars mission rocket aces testing

As ways to disturb the peace and quiet of the desert go, firing up the most powerful rocket in the world has to be near the top of the list. That was the fun & games had by NASA and Orbital ATK today, testing out the new Space Launch System (SLS) booster that will one day take first uncrewed probes and then astronauts to Mars.

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Google Earth gets beautiful update with Landsat 8 imagery

Google Earth gets beautiful update with Landsat 8 imagery

Google Earth has always been an impressive feat of technology on its own, but today things got a lot more beautiful. As a follow up to its first cloud-free mosaic of our fine planet (which was released a whole three years ago if you can believe it), today Google rolled out a new version of the mosaic using imagery from the Landsat 8 satellite. The results, as you can imagine, are quite awe-inspiring.

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As crunch day nears, NASA’s Juno beams home stunning Jupiter photo

As crunch day nears, NASA’s Juno beams home stunning Jupiter photo

NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter may still be a week out from the distant planet, but it's already sending back unique images of the gas giant. The probe isn't expected to reach Jupiter until July 4th, but has been beaming back early photography as it makes its final approach, including hitherto-unseen angles of not only the planet but its four largest moons, too.

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NASA’s Curiosity rover will attempt to collect water sample on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover will attempt to collect water sample on Mars

Over the last year, NASA has discovered numerous evidence that liquid water exists on Mars. With signs the red planet once had lakes, and frozen water found on mountains, NASA now wants to try collecting a sample, and plans to use the Curiosity rover to do it. The robot is already located near Mars's Gale Crater, and it will travel to inspect a pair of gullies on the side of Mount Sharp.

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Pluto’s moon Charon is home to a ‘super’ Grand Canyon, says NASA

Pluto’s moon Charon is home to a ‘super’ Grand Canyon, says NASA

We’ve see many highly detailed, usually stunning images of Pluto over past months, and now NASA is back with a similarly great photo, only this time it’s of Pluto’s moon Charon. As with other photos taken by New Horizons recently, the image is very detailed and high in quality, and in it we see a massive ridge etched into the moon — one so big it appears a piece of the celestial body is about to chip free.

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Hubble spies Neptune’s newest dark spot

Hubble spies Neptune’s newest dark spot

The Hubble Space Telescope has been busily snapping photos of planets and other objects in the solar system and galaxy for years and some of its latest photos taken last month are of Neptune. In these new photos, taken on May 16, 2016, Hubble has spied a new dark spot in the atmosphere of the cold blue planet. These images aren't the first time that we have seen such a dark spot on Neptune.

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NASA TV launches on Apple TV

NASA TV launches on Apple TV

NASA has announced that it has launched its app on a new platform, this time it works on the latest generation of the Apple TV. The app was previously offered on Android, iPad, iPhone, and Fire OS devices. Prior to being rolled out for the Apple TV, the app was downloaded over 17 million times across all available device platforms.

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LIGO looks to the future after detecting second round of gravitational waves

LIGO looks to the future after detecting second round of gravitational waves

Back in September of 2015, physicists operating the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory or LIGO for short detected the first round of gravitational waves seemingly proving Einstein's theory of General Relativity. Before scientists could prove that gravitational waves existed and the first discovery wasn't a fluke, they needed to find a second round of the waves, which they did earlier this month. After proving that the first find wasn’t a fluke, the LIGO team is looking to the future.

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Blue Origin successfully lands 4th rocket, crew capsule survives crash

Blue Origin successfully lands 4th rocket, crew capsule survives crash

Just a few hours ago, private space agency Blue Origin conducted a fourth launch of its New Shepard rocket, once again successfully landing in an upright position after reaching the edge of space. This launch, which took place at roughly 10:30am ET, also saw several 'firsts,' including Blue Origin live streaming the whole event, as well as the crew capsule undergoing an intentional parachute failure to test its ability to survive.

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3 ISS astronauts return to Earth after 186 days in space

3 ISS astronauts return to Earth after 186 days in space

Most people would agree there's nothing like sleeping in your own bed after a decent amount of time away from home, but for these three astronauts, they're probably just happy to be back on Earth, regardless of where they sleep. Early Saturday morning saw the return of NASA's Commander Tim Kopra, the European Space Agency's Tim Peake, and Yuri Malenchenko of Russia's Roscomos after spending 186 consecutive days in space.

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SpaceX comes oh so close to sticking another Falcon 9 landing

SpaceX comes oh so close to sticking another Falcon 9 landing

This week was another big one for private space company SpaceX. On June 15, SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket to deliver a pair of commercial communications satellites into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbits (GTO). The two satellites that went into space inside the Falcon 9 rocket's nose cone were the Eutelsat 117 West B and ABS-2A units.

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Gravitational Waves Appear Again; New Era in Astronomy Begins

Gravitational Waves Appear Again; New Era in Astronomy Begins

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has made another observation of gravitational waves resulting from one big crash of a couple of black holes. Collision, that is, and merger soon thereafter. This observed signal is dubbed GW151226, while the black whole merger event from late last year goes by the name GW150914. This newest signal was detected by the same set of instruments as the first, 2x instruments of Advanced LIGO situated in Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana.

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