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‘Death Star’ moon Mimas shown in stunning detail in latest NASA pic

‘Death Star’ moon Mimas shown in stunning detail in latest NASA pic

Back in January, NASA showed off an image of Saturn’s moon Mimas taken by the Cassini spacecraft. In that image, we got a look at the moon from an interesting angle - one that makes it look oddly similar to the Death Star from Star Wars. The latest image of the moon delivered by Cassini only builds upon that visage, giving us an even closer look at the oddly shaped space rock.

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This star orbits a black hole once every half hour

This star orbits a black hole once every half hour

Using a couple of NASA telescopes, researchers with Michigan State University have found what may end up being the closest orbit ever discovered between a star and a black hole. This binary system is located about 14,800 light-years from Earth in what is known as 47 Tucanae, a globular cluster of stars. Within this system, data indicates, is a white dwarf orbiting so closely to a black hole that its material is being pulled from it and onto a ‘disk of matter’ before being sucked in entirely.

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NASA’s Jupiter space mission has been named ‘Europa Clipper’

NASA’s Jupiter space mission has been named ‘Europa Clipper’

We’ve known for a couple years now that NASA is planning to investigate Jupiter’s moon Europa, doing so to assess its potential habitability, and now that future mission has an official name: Europa Clipper. Such is the name that will be given to the spacecraft tasked with flying to and studying the moon. NASA is planning for the spacecraft to make between 40 and 45 main passes of Europa.

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NASA finds lost lunar spacecraft using new radar method

NASA finds lost lunar spacecraft using new radar method

NASA has announced that a new radar technique has enabled it to find a pair of lunar spacecraft in orbit around the moon, one that is active and another that is dormant. This is notable because of the space agency's former inability to locate spacecraft obscured in the bright light from the moon, and it could lead to better plan management for any future space missions as a result.

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NASA makes 2017-2018 software catalog freely available to public

NASA makes 2017-2018 software catalog freely available to public

NASA has announced the release of its 2017 to 2018 software catalog, making it freely available to the public. In the catalog, individuals will find code spanning all sorts of categories and aspects of NASA’s various missions and efforts. The space agency says there are, in some cases, certain restrictions on some code. However, this represents a huge and comprehensive release, the third of its kind.

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SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully docks with International Space Station

SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully docks with International Space Station

It's been a somewhat turbulent week for the SpaceX Dragon capsule, but today SpaceX and NASA announced that it has successfully docked with the International Space Station. The rocket carrying the capsule was originally scheduled to launch on Saturday, but was delayed at the last second. SpaceX and NASA tried again the next day, and managed to pull off not only a perfect launch, but a perfect landing of the booster that sent the Dragon capsule into space.

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Apollo 11 command module begins nationwide tour next year

Apollo 11 command module begins nationwide tour next year

2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 space mission, in which Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon. In celebration of this anniversary, the Apollo 11 command module, which is named Columbia and flew those two astronauts and Michael Collins to their lunar destination and back, will kick off a nationwide tour that will give people around the US a chance to see it in person.

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NASA finds seven new Earth-sized exoplanets near the same star

NASA finds seven new Earth-sized exoplanets near the same star

As promised on Monday, NASA has announced new exoplanet findings, namely the discovery of seven new exoplanets, some of which may contain the key ingredients for life. This discovery is a phenomenal one, further fleshing out the space agency's past exoplanet announcements with a roster of new celestial bodies to investigate. Not much is known about these exoplanets at the time, but what we do know is fascinating.

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NASA says it will announce new exoplanet ‘findings’ tomorrow

NASA says it will announce new exoplanet ‘findings’ tomorrow

NASA has announced that it will soon reveal ‘new findings’ related to exoplanets — that is, planets that orbit stars that aren’t our own sun. The space agency hasn’t yet released any details about what it will say, as it states the info is under an embargo until 1PM tomorrow, at which point the scientific journal Nature will publish all the finer details. The public will be able to send questions in to NASA via Twitter during its briefing on Wednesday.

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Pluto could be a planet again, just like our moon

Pluto could be a planet again, just like our moon

Is Pluto a planet or not? Depending the age of whom you ask, and depending they keep up with the latest new, they might answer yes or now. Apparently, it also depends whether you’re asking an astronomer or a planetary scientists. At least that’s the sentiment that NASA scientists, led by New Horizon principal investigator Alan Stern, is giving off in proposing a redefinition of what a planet is, which would re-induct Pluto to the club once again. Curiously enough, it would also add 100 new planets to our solar system alone.

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SpaceX successfully launches delayed rocket, nails third ground landing

SpaceX successfully launches delayed rocket, nails third ground landing

While SpaceX delayed its latest Falcon 9 rocket launch at the last moment on Saturday, the rescheduled liftoff went off without a hitch on Sunday morning at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The rocket was launched at 9:39am ET, sending a Dragon capsule on its way to the International Space Station with 5,500 pounds of supplies on behalf of NASA.

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SpaceX halts latest Falcon 9 rocket launch at last second

SpaceX halts latest Falcon 9 rocket launch at last second

Saturday was set to see yet another rocket launch from SpaceX, the private space company led by Elon Musk, this time with a goal of delivering supplies to the International Space Station on behalf of NASA. The Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch at 10:01AM ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida, however, with a mere 13 seconds left on the countdown clock, the flight was aborted over safety concerns.

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