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NASA-funded studies investigate the pandemic’s impact on Earth

NASA-funded studies investigate the pandemic’s impact on Earth

NASA has announced that it is funding four big research projects that will look into the effects of the coronavirus on everything from the economy to air pollution, shedding light on the changes spurred by a lack of typical human activity. NASA describes these studies as being 'rapid-turnaround,' ones that will be supported through the space agency's Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science (RRNES) initiative.

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Puzzling pulsating stars reveal secrets in breakthrough study

Puzzling pulsating stars reveal secrets in breakthrough study

A breakthrough study using NASA's TESS space telescope has helped unlock the secrets of weirdly pulsing stars, paving the way to astronomers better understanding how old they are and what's going on beneath their roiling surface. Delta Scuti stars are only one of a number of types of star out in the universe, but they've also become one of the most confusing.

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NASA’s SOFIA spacecraft makes new discoveries about Pluto’s haze

NASA’s SOFIA spacecraft makes new discoveries about Pluto’s haze

In 2015 the New Horizon spacecraft passed by Pluto, and one of the images it took showed the dwarf planet had a hazy atmosphere. New data is now helping to explain how the haze around Pluto was formed. Remote observations of Pluto have been conducted by the aircraft-based Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy or SOFIA.

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NASA says Perseverance rover still on track for Mars despite pandemic

NASA says Perseverance rover still on track for Mars despite pandemic

In an update on its Mars Perseverance rover, NASA said that it's still on track to launch the machine this summer despite the pandemic. Social distancing efforts have forced many people to work from home, but that hasn't stopped some teams from continuing their efforts and that includes many of the experts working on Perseverance. If everything goes as planned, the rover will reach Mars in early 2021.

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Mesmerizing “lucky” Jupiter image reveals monumental storm secrets

Mesmerizing “lucky” Jupiter image reveals monumental storm secrets

Groundbreaking new images of Jupiter have pieced together a "lucky image" of the mysterious planet, giving astronomers unprecedented insights into the fierce storms that churn the gas giant's clouds. Using the Gemini North telescope on Hawaii's Maunakea, a mosaic of shots designed to bypass the effect of Earth's atmosphere allow us to see Jupiter as if we were in orbit around it.

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NASA “memory metal” tires could give future Mars rovers a wheel upgrade

NASA “memory metal” tires could give future Mars rovers a wheel upgrade

NASA is working on shape memory alloy tires for future missions to Mars, figuring out ways to give rovers and more an airless, shapeshifting wheel. While NASA's Perseverance rover is headed off to Mars later this year with six aluminum wheels, in the future NASA vehicles - and vehicles a lot closer to home - could take advantage of memory metals.

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NASA details precise microbial ‘fingerprints’ astronauts leave in space

NASA details precise microbial ‘fingerprints’ astronauts leave in space

NASA has detailed a new study that found precise microbial 'fingerprints' that astronauts left behind on the International Space Station. According to the research, microorganisms transferred from astronauts' bodies to the ISS environment retained a close resemblance to their source and scientists were able to determine which part of the astronaut's body they came from.

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Artemis Accords moon mining pact in the works with Trump admin: Report

Artemis Accords moon mining pact in the works with Trump admin: Report

A "legal blueprint for mining on the moon" was tipped to be in the works in the White House under the U.S.-sponsored international agreement called the Artemis Accords. A report this week suggests that a draft pact has not yet been "formally shared" with any U.S. allies as of yet. This agreement would be made in association with NASA and ideally agreed upon by by government officials around the world.

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Tom Cruise, SpaceX to shoot a film on the International Space Station

Tom Cruise, SpaceX to shoot a film on the International Space Station

There have been countless movies that have been set in outer space but not all of them can make a claim to be really based on reality. For that to happen, one will have to actually be in space or at least shoot some scenes there. Considering the logistics, not to mention legal and regulatory requirements, of that stunt, it's no surprise that almost no one has even bothered to do so. Tom Cruise and SpaceX, however, want to change that and they have their eyes on the ISS from the get-go.

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These “superhuman eyes” will give NASA’s Perseverance rover its edge on Mars

These “superhuman eyes” will give NASA’s Perseverance rover its edge on Mars

NASA has detailed the advanced cameras that will give the Perseverance rover its "eyes" on Mars, a huge step up from previous Martian robots, as it readies the lab-on-wheels for its big trip to the red planet. If all goes to plan, NASA intends to launch Perseverance sometime in late July or early August of this year.

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NASA reprocessed Europa images from the ’90s to reveal stunning details

NASA reprocessed Europa images from the ’90s to reveal stunning details

NASA has reprocessed images of Jupiter's moon Europa that were captured by its Galileo spacecraft back in the 1990s. The reprocessed versions of the images reveal the moon's surface in stunning detail, highlighting what NASA refers to as 'chaos terrain' and a variety of details about the features found on the surface. The new versions of the images are made possible using modern image processing technologies.

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NASA’s coronavirus ventilator has one huge advantage

NASA’s coronavirus ventilator has one huge advantage

It took NASA engineers 37 days to develop a prototype ventilator for COVID-19 treatment, but it's one fundamental aspect of the device's design ethos that could make it a hit in the pandemic months to come. Authorized this week by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the design for the device - known as VITAL, or Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally - is being offered up under a free license so that it can be produced more broadly.

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