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NASA seeks small crew of participants to spend 8 months in isolation

NASA seeks small crew of participants to spend 8 months in isolation

NASA is seeking participants who are willing to spend 8 months in isolation with only a small crew of people, something that will help the space agency understand the effects of isolation during long space trips. The isolation will take place at a facility located in Moscow, Russia, where the participants will be exposed to living conditions similar to the ones astronauts are expected to experience in a future Mars mission.

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NASA’s parallel universe, backwards time, and a paywall

NASA’s parallel universe, backwards time, and a paywall

This week a report from ANITA (maintained by NASA) showed results of a study that've subsequently been skewed beyond sense. This is largely due to a single report that was partially blocked behind a paywall. Because a great many news sources used this article on the original report, instead of seeking out the original report, they had to assume that what was visible to the public was the whole story - and it most certainly is not.

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NASA’s WFIRST space telescope becomes the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope

NASA’s WFIRST space telescope becomes the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope

NASA has announced that it has renamed its next-generation space telescope that is currently under development. The telescope was called the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope or WFIRST. The telescope is being renamed in honor of Nancy Grace Roman, NASA's first chief astronomer. Roman paved the way for space telescopes focused on the broader universe.

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NASA OSIRIS-REx mission asteroid touchdown date bumped to October

NASA OSIRIS-REx mission asteroid touchdown date bumped to October

NASA's ambitious OSIRIS-REx mission, which aims to collect a physical sample from the asteroid Bennu, finally has a date for the first touchdown attempt. Later this year, according to the space agency, its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will touchdown at a previously determined location, collect some sample materials from the asteroid's surface, then return to space, eventually bringing that sample back to Earth.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule arrives at launch complex

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule arrives at launch complex

SpaceX is currently preparing for a historic mission that will see the Crew Dragon capsule send American astronauts into space for the first time. The Crew Dragon capsule that will carry the astronauts into space has reached the Florida launch site ahead of the historic launch currently scheduled for next week. The spacecraft arrived at Launch Complex 39A at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on May 15.

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Curiosity experiment sheds new light on old Mars questions

Curiosity experiment sheds new light on old Mars questions

The NASA Curiosity Rover has been exploring Mars for many years. One of the key experiments that the rover has been conducting is a multi-year experiment happening in the chemistry lab inside the rover's belly called the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM). Scientists have used the results of that test to make insights into answering some of the biggest questions about Mars, such as are there organic compounds, if the planet had liquid water, and could it have supported life in the distant past.

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Huge landforms on Mars may have been caused by mud, not lava

Huge landforms on Mars may have been caused by mud, not lava

The Martian surface is covered with thousands of lava-like flows similar to the kind we see from volcanoes on Earth. Questions have remained over what these flows are made of -- were they the result of lava or something else entirely? A new study out of Lancaster University has settled the question, pointing to massive floods that happened in Mars' distant past.

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The NASA hunt for dark energy and exoplanets has some big news

The NASA hunt for dark energy and exoplanets has some big news

NASA plans to make a special announcement related to its WFIRST space telescope mission this week, the space agency said on Monday. The announcement will reveal something about the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, likely a new detail about the upcoming mission, followed by a live stream chat with members working on the project.

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NASA’s Artemis Accords are controversial new rules of space

NASA’s Artemis Accords are controversial new rules of space

NASA has revealed the Artemis Accords, a set of principles guiding its upcoming crewed mission to the Moon and, beyond that, deeper into space to destinations like Mars. The guidelines and commitments cover topics like transparency, release of scientific data, and avoiding littering space with mission junk. However they're unlikely to reassure anybody who suspects Artemis is also a lunar resources land-grab.

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Watch NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope do high-tech origami

Watch NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope do high-tech origami

What do you do when your cutting-edge space telescope turns out to be too big for any rocket available? If you're NASA, and the instrument in question is the James Webb Space Telescope, you make it into a masterpiece of tech origami so that it can fold like a butterfly into the Ariane 5 rocket scheduled to take it into orbit.

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NASA’s TESS allows scientists to investigate mysterious pulsations of Delta Scuti stars

NASA’s TESS allows scientists to investigate mysterious pulsations of Delta Scuti stars

NASA is using the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) to study mysterious pulsations of a star known as Delta Scuti. Using TESS, astronomers have been able to detect pulsation patterns in dozens of young and rapidly rotating stars. Astronomers believe the discovery will help revolutionize their ability to study details like ages, sizes, and compositions of the stars. This class of stars is named for the first of their type discovered, Delta Scuti.

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Mini Rover lifts and wiggles its wheels to walk over sandy lunar hills

Mini Rover lifts and wiggles its wheels to walk over sandy lunar hills

Many people might not understand the fuss over a new rover that lands and rolls over the moon, Mars, or even an asteroid. After all, isn't it just a crude looking car that happens to have gone outer space? It's easy to take for granted that these aren't remote-controlled vehicles but are pretty much the self-driving cars that we can only dream of here on Earth. These rovers have to navigate literally alien terrain mostly on their own and, as this Mini Rover prototype demonstrates, needs to avoid sand traps without much human assistance.

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