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This is what a space launch failure looks like from the International Space Station

This is what a space launch failure looks like from the International Space Station

Earlier this morning, the two astronauts on board the Russian Soyuz spacecraft had a close call on what was an otherwise routine mission. The spacecraft experienced a booster failure just a couple of minutes after launching, resulting in a launch abort. Luckily, the two astronauts on board - Alexey Ovchinin and Nick Hague - made it back to Earth safely, narrowly avoiding tragedy.

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ESA’s Gaia finds the Milky Way is still recovering from near collision

ESA’s Gaia finds the Milky Way is still recovering from near collision

Gaia is a star mapping mission that the ESA is conducting, and it recently discovered something very interesting. Gaia has found that the Milky Way galaxy is still facing the effects of a near collision that set millions of stars to rippling like water in a lake. ESA scientists believe that the near collision happened in the past 300-900 million years.

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ESA and Nissan team to build off-road observatory for astronomers

ESA and Nissan team to build off-road observatory for astronomers

The European Space Agency has teamed with Nissan to develop an off-road mobile observatory capable of traveling to the world's darkest regions. The new vehicle, which is described as a concept at this time, is named the Nissan Navara "Dark Sky." According to the space agency, this concept includes a trailer featuring a high-powered observatory-class PlaneWave telescope.

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These stunning images of Saturn’s auroras are groundbreaking

These stunning images of Saturn’s auroras are groundbreaking

Striking new images from the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed the vast auroras fluttering atop its North Pole, the best shots ever captured of the glowing halo. The new images are in fact an amalgamation of seven months of capture by Hubble, and are already giving astronomers the opportunity for new insights into the light shows.

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This epic NASA photo of star births spans 11 billion years

This epic NASA photo of star births spans 11 billion years

As group photos go, NASA's latest snapshot of 15,000 galaxies across the universe has to be one of the biggest, with the epic image spanning not only distance but time, too. Captured using the Hubble Space Telescope, the new photo is dominated by forming stars: newly blooming points of light that stud freshly-created galaxies.

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ESA NASA solar audio recording: Sun songs

ESA NASA solar audio recording: Sun songs

Today we're having a listen in on Sounds of the Sun - audio recorded by the ESA and NASA and processed for human ears. These sounds originate from data captured by the ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). After data was recorded, it was sonified by the Stanford Experimental Physics Lab. Sonified! Let's talk about what that means.

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Kraftwerk performs in concert with German astronaut

Kraftwerk performs in concert with German astronaut

German ESA astronaut and geophysicist Dr. Alexander Gerst performed a solo live with music masters Kraftwerk. From space, live, Gerst played pre-set notes on an app from his tablet aboard the International Space Station, in Spacelab 2.0 Columbus. We've got the complete appearance in a video posted below, and from here you shall witness the greatness of our modern age.

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Airbus Fetch Rover could return Mars rocks to Earth

Airbus Fetch Rover could return Mars rocks to Earth

The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA are working together to get specs for a rover that could one day cruise the surface of Mars. Aircraft maker Airbus is conducting feasibility studies on a rover called the "fetch rover." This concept rover is meant o be able to mine Martian rocks and send it back to Earth for hands-on study.

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ESA’s Gaia provides most detailed star catalog ever and it’s gorgeous

ESA’s Gaia provides most detailed star catalog ever and it’s gorgeous

The ESA has been running its Gaia mission for a while now and that mission has produced what is hailed as the "richest star catalog to date." The star catalog has precision measurements of about 1.7 billion stars and has given us new details that have never been seen before of our Milky Way galaxy. The images here are the result of 22 months of charting the sky.

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ESA-led team test fires air-breathing electric thruster for satellites

ESA-led team test fires air-breathing electric thruster for satellites

A team of researchers led by the ESA have fired a new type of thruster that could allow satellites to fly in very low Earth orbits for years at a time. The new thruster is an air-breathing ion thruster. It can slurp up the scant amount air molecules that are very high up in the atmosphere and use that air for propellant.

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China’s doomed space station will reach Earth’s atmosphere soon

China’s doomed space station will reach Earth’s atmosphere soon

Back in January, experts revealed that China's first space station, the Tiangong-1, would be reaching the end of its life likely in March of this year. China, which launched the space station in 2011, had lost control of the massive spacecraft by 2016, and experts later warned that it may not fully burn up upon reentry. Now the European Space Agency is back with an update, revealing a narrower timeframe in which the Tiangong-1 will likely reach Earth's atmosphere.

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TIANGONG-1 is falling to Earth, but don’t worry!

TIANGONG-1 is falling to Earth, but don’t worry!

TIANGONG-1 will soon re-enter the Earth's atmosphere and fall to the surface of our planet. The impact of this space craft was calculated to be anywhere between 42.8 degrees North and 42.8 degrees South in latitude. The movement of this space craft into our atmosphere is an uncontrolled entry. Nobody knows exactly where this craft will crash - but DON'T WORRY!

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