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Mars probe departs this week on joint European-Russian study

Mars probe departs this week on joint European-Russian study

As part of the ExoMars 2016 mission, a new unmanned spacecraft will be departing for Mars on Monday thanks to collaboration between the space agencies of Europe and Russia. The European Space Agency (ESA) notes that the probe is heading to the red planet to study its atmosphere and dust storms, and to get there it will be riding atop a Russian Proton rocket.

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NASA Mars InSight mission set for May 2018 launch

NASA Mars InSight mission set for May 2018 launch

NASA has announced the new launch date that it is targeting to send the Mars InSight mission into the heavens on course to the Red Planet. The InSight mission was originally set to launch in March 2016, but was delayed. NASA is now targeting InSight for launch on May 5, 2018 with landing scheduled for November 26, 2018.

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How to watch the solar eclipse tonight

How to watch the solar eclipse tonight

This year will prove fun for astronomers and star-gazers alike, as it'll bring both a solar eclipse and, in a couple weeks, a lunar eclipse. The solar eclipse is happening tonight, and you won't have to worry about weather blocking your view -- the eclipse will mostly only be visible in Indonesia and to passengers on select commercial flights. Thanks to our increasingly connected world, though, you'll still have an option for watching the solar eclipse live as it happens no matter where you're located.

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Mercury’s dark surface due to carbon from the planet itself

Mercury’s dark surface due to carbon from the planet itself

Being the closest to the sun, you'd think Mercury would shine the brightest among the inner planets of the solar system. In truth, however, it reflects even less light than our own moon. Scientists have long speculated on why that is so and what leads to Mercury's very dark facade. Thanks to data gathered by the dearly departed MESSENGER probe, they confirm that carbon is indeed to blame. But interestingly enough, the carbon didn't come from outside forces but right from the planet's crust itself.

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Alaska Airlines to delay flight so travellers can see solar eclipse

Alaska Airlines to delay flight so travellers can see solar eclipse

Some Alaska Airlines customers are in for a treat tomorrow -- the airline has tweaked the takeoff time for one of its flights so passengers can see tomorrow's total solar eclipse from a rare vantage point, according to a new report. Most people on Earth won't get to see the solar eclipse from their meager land-bound positions, though, as it'll only be visible in parts of Indonesia.

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NASA’s New Horizons reveals snow-covered mountains on Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons reveals snow-covered mountains on Pluto

New Horizons, the NASA spacecraft that studied Pluto with a number of flybys last summer, continues to send its data back to Earth, often with new discoveries. Just last week the space agency shared photos of giant frozen canyons in the former planet's North Pole region, and now NASA believes there are mountain peaks covered in methane snow on the surface as well. New high-resolution photos of the southern hemisphere's Cthulhu region, known for its reddish hue, reveal mountains with brightly colored tops.

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SpaceX rocket launches satellite, but misses landing yet again

SpaceX rocket launches satellite, but misses landing yet again

Private space agency SpaceX was finally able to complete the latest launch of its Falcon 9 rocket on Friday afternoon, after more than a week of delays and difficulties. The Elon Musk-founded company had been commissioned by SES to send a communications satellite into orbit, a mission it was able to successfully complete. However, on SpaceX's longer term goal of landing re-usable rockets, this latest attempt was another bust.

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Hubble spies most distant galaxy ever discovered

Hubble spies most distant galaxy ever discovered

Scientists from NASA and the ESA have pushed the Hubble Space Telescope to a new distance record. The record comes as the team of researchers has broken the cosmic distance record by measuring the distance to the most distant galaxy ever seen in the Universe. According to scientists, the galaxy they measured existed only 400 million years after the Big Bang.

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Astronaut Scott Kelly grew 2 inches while on ISS

Astronaut Scott Kelly grew 2 inches while on ISS

He’s back on Earth, as we all know, and the medical evaluations have begun. Astronaut Scott Kelly spent 340 days on the International Space Station while his twin brother remained home, it has given NASA the unique opportunity to contrast the effects space has on an astronaut’s body in comparison to the changes that would take place during the same time period spent on Earth. The biggest difference so far? Scott Kelly grew 2-inches taller while on the ISS, and is now designated the taller brother.

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Mystery surrounds repeating short bursts of cosmic radio waves

Mystery surrounds repeating short bursts of cosmic radio waves

Astronomers have been searching the skies for a long time seeking out radio signals that they believe intelligent life would be producing. So far, none has been discovered that have proven to be from intelligent life. A new source of very short bursts of radio waves has been discovered from a source that is well beyond the edge of the Milky Way galaxy.

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Scott Kelly is back on earth, let the science continue! [UPDATE]

Scott Kelly is back on earth, let the science continue! [UPDATE]

2015 and 2016 will probably be remembered as some of the best years for space science, exploration, and travel in a long time. We've witnessed the historic encounter between the New Horizons spacecraft and Pluto. We've witnessed the historic successful landings of orbital and sub-orbital rockets. And today we're witnessing the return to Earth of astronauts Scott Kelly and Mikhail Korniyenko from the International Space Station, marking not just the longest mission for the ISS but also the acquisition of a potential treasure trove of scientific and medical data in the person of the astronauts.

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SpaceX launch aborted a 3rd time, partly due to wandering boat

SpaceX launch aborted a 3rd time, partly due to wandering boat

Third time is not a charm this time for the company that was able to safely land an orbital rocket on its third attempt. SpaceX, once again, had to abort its scheduled mission to launch an SES satellite into orbit and, once again, it was due to consideration for the liquid oxygen the rocket was carrying. This time, however, the launch was automatically aborted by the computer mere seconds before liftoff. And this time, it may have been the fault of a still-unnamed boat that wandered where it should not have been.

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