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Hubble studies atmosphere of distant and hot Super Earth

Hubble studies atmosphere of distant and hot Super Earth

Scientists have analyzed the atmosphere of a super Earth planet for the first time using the Hubble Space Telescope. The planet that Hubble has been studying is called 55 Cancri e and it orbits very close to its parent star. That close orbit gives the planet surface temperatures of up to 3,600F and eliminates the chance of life on the planet.

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ISS commander, astronaut Scott Kelly answering questions live on Tumblr right now

ISS commander, astronaut Scott Kelly answering questions live on Tumblr right now

If you've ever wanted to participate in a live, Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything)-like session with an astronaut in space, your chance is RIGHT NOW. All you have to do is head on over to Tumblr, where NASA astronaut, and current commander of the International Space Station, Scott Kelly is answering questions from space. He's participating in an "Answer Time" session, or Tumblr's take on the AMA, where readers can ask any question they like, with the chance Kelly will respond.

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3 things Rosetta and Philae taught us about comets

3 things Rosetta and Philae taught us about comets

As we bid farewell to the comet lander Philae for the last time, we look back and remember three important things we learned from the ESA's monumental mission. Several firsts were achieved by this lander sent to a comet by the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. One: this was the first time that a craft such as this was successfully landed on a comet - not only that, but the first time such a lander was able to send back data on a comet from its surface, too!

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We’ve given up on comet-hopping Philae

We’ve given up on comet-hopping Philae

It was one of the most ambitious space exploration missions ever: send a probe more than 300 million miles across the solar system to land on a moving comet. That Rosetta, and the Philae lander the spaceship carried, ever made it to Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko was halfway to a miracle, but now the European Space Agency is calling time on ever hearing from the plucky probe again.

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NASA: moldy bags delay ISS cargo run

NASA: moldy bags delay ISS cargo run

A scheduled cargo run to the International Space Station has been delayed, NASA announced yesterday, due to packing bags that have developed black mold. The bags are used to pack food, clothes, and other supplies being sent the ISS, and they’re made of fabric. Of them, two were found to have black mold present, and more possibly could be affected. The black mold's cause has not been determined at this point, but the space agency is looking into the matter.

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Gravitational waves detected, creating “new means of observing the universe”

Gravitational waves detected, creating “new means of observing the universe”

Today scientists have announced the confirmed existence of gravitational waves, providing proof for one of Albert Einstein's most elusive predictions. These gravitational waves open a door to new scientific discoveries innumerable, showing ripples in the fabric of space and time in a way previously thought impossible. Ironically - sort of - this year also marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein's publication of his prediction of the existence of these gravitational waves, all the way back in 1915.

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Terabit satellites aim to improve high-speed internet delivered from space

Terabit satellites aim to improve high-speed internet delivered from space

The future of high-speed internet in the US may be in growing fiber networks, but for people in remote locations, whether it be off the grid or in third-world countries, satellite internet is still the broadest solution. Unfortunately, internet delivered from satellites is slow, and that's something no one likes. Fortunately satellite company ViaSat has a plan to improve the situation, with a partner ship with Boeing that will see the launch of a new satellite class capable of an incredible 1 Terabit per second.

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NASA video shares Curiosity’s view of Martian sand dunes

NASA video shares Curiosity’s view of Martian sand dunes

Mars is a desolate and lonely place that also happens to be quite beautiful. During the time, that NASA's massive Curiosity rover has been cruising the landscape of the Red Planet NASA has offered up some very cool images for us to check out. One of my favorite is the Curiosity Selfie at the top of this story. More recently, NASA has offered up a 360-degree video that Curiosity shot.

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Newly formed star creates a dazzling light show

Newly formed star creates a dazzling light show

Stars are wondrous and marvelous things, at least from a very safe distance of a few hundred light years away. Their birth, maturity, and death have always captured the interest of astronomers and scientists. Sometimes, however, they also capture the attention regular mortals like you and me, especially when they create a stunning light show. A newly formed star with a rather unexciting name of HD 97300 is doing exactly that, illuminating its neighboring nebula and creating a light display to remember.

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Scientists think a medium-size asteroid impact could cause a mini ice age

Scientists think a medium-size asteroid impact could cause a mini ice age

It's not hard for us to think about what would happen to the Earth and life on our planet if a meteor impacted the surface. There have been several movies that showed what might happen in the event of an asteroid impact. A large enough asteroid could end all life on the planet leaving Earth devoid of life. A new study looks at what might happen to Earth if it were hit with a medium-size asteroid.

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North Korea’s latest satellite has stopped tumbling

North Korea’s latest satellite has stopped tumbling

North Korea's newly launched satellite, the first since 2012, is now in a stable orbit after having previously been tumbling out of control. The satellite doesn't appear to be transmitting anything, according to officials and anonymous sources, but that doesn't mean much as North Korea is likely concentrating on getting controlled orbits under its belt first.

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NASA’s latest travel posters tease Mars and more

NASA’s latest travel posters tease Mars and more

Early last year, NASA released some images styled after retro travel posters, each of the three presenting artistic representations of alien landscapes and the activities one might do in those places. They were a big hit with the public, with space enthusiasts and dreamers alike having them printed as posters. Thanks to Invisible Creatures, we've been graced with three new posters, each of which the studio had created for NASA as part of an internal project.

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