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NASA spots strange “sorta” circles and holes in Arctic sea ice

NASA spots strange “sorta” circles and holes in Arctic sea ice

NASA has published an image showing "sorta circular" spots in the Arctic sea ice, but it doesn't know what they are or what caused them. The landscape features were captured during an annual mission called Operation IceBridge, the space agency explained. Mission scientist John Sonntag saw the circles during a flight on April 14; he captured an image of them later released by NASA.

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TESS planet-hunting satellite launched aboard SpaceX Falcon 9

TESS planet-hunting satellite launched aboard SpaceX Falcon 9

There are millions if not billions of planets in the known universe but we know very little about them. Thwarted by distance and technology, the best we could do is set up and train our best and brightest eyes on the sky to catch a glimpse and a clue of their nature and composition. That is exactly what TESS, short for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, was made for. The world's first exoplanet satellite, TESS just successfully launched into the sky, riding a Falcon 9, and is on its way to settle into orbit to expand our knowledge and, just maybe, find a new home for us.

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NASA Orion crew capsule will have special 3D printed parts

NASA Orion crew capsule will have special 3D printed parts

NASA's Orion crew capsule will feature special 3D-printed parts, according to the space agency. The printing technology will be used for more than 100 components, each made out of a special new material capable of handling the extremes of deep space. Orion is part of NASA's mission to take humans farther into space than ever before.

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NASA plans quiet supersonic flight tests over Texas

NASA plans quiet supersonic flight tests over Texas

NASA has revealed plans to conduct 'quiet supersonic' flight tests over Galveston, Texas, in coming days. The tests will involve a pair of F18 jets that'll fly over the city this upcoming November. During the test, these jets will break the sound barrier up to eight times per day while people on the ground listen. The agency ultimately plans to survey hundreds of residents to get data on how they perceive the noise levels.

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NASA TESS spacecraft set for launch today

NASA TESS spacecraft set for launch today

Way back in 2013 NASA chose TESS as one of its future missions and it was originally pegged to launch last year. That launch will finally happen today with liftoff set for 6:32 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The prediction is 80% for favorable weather for liftoff.

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Our moon in 4K: YouTube has a new best high-res video

Our moon in 4K: YouTube has a new best high-res video

This afternoon the folks at NASA revealed a radical new video touring the moon in 4K resolution. This video was made using images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). It's a very, very large video, and you're gonna want to watch it on the most massively pixel-dense device you've got on-hand.

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NASA video shows off crash test dummies

NASA video shows off crash test dummies

It's easy to think of NASA solely as a space exploration outfit, but it does a lot more than that. NASA also does lots of testing for aircraft of different sorts to help design better safety systems to help people survive crashes and accidents. The video at the bottom of this story shows some of the crash dummies NASA uses at the Langley Research Center.

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NASA’s new X-plane: The next sonic boom

NASA’s new X-plane: The next sonic boom

This week we're getting an idea of what it'll be like to travel at supersonic speeds thanks to NASA's newest initiative. They've awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin Skunk Works to create the next X-plane. This experimental craft is aimed at 55,000 feet above the earth at a speed of about 940 mph - but without the big boom. Their aim is to make this X-plane fly at supersonic speeds without so much of the big boom of sound that's always come with said speeds.

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9 billion light years away, this is the furthest star we’ve ever seen

9 billion light years away, this is the furthest star we’ve ever seen

We're used to telescopes bringing us a glimpse of distant galaxies, but just how far away can we actually see through the universe? According to NASA, the answer is "more than halfway across": the American space agency has released a new photo from the Hubble Space Telescope, and it's mind-blowing in more ways than one.

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NASA Marsbee flying robotic insects may explore Mars in the future

NASA Marsbee flying robotic insects may explore Mars in the future

NASA recently funded a new potential future way to explore the Red Planet: Marsbee, an insect-like flying robot that could operate in swarms with a rover serving as a base station. Marsbees are described as about the size of a bumblebee with wings like you'd find on a cicada; they don't need much energy and can be recharged from a rover that doubles as a communication center.

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Today’s SpaceX launch is special, but not for the reason you think

Today’s SpaceX launch is special, but not for the reason you think

On the heels of last week's successful Falcon 9 launch that carried 10 Iridium satellites into orbit, SpaceX is ready to take to the skies again today. Assuming the weather cooperates, another Falcon 9 rocket will launch from Cape Canerval today at 4:30 PM Eastern. This time around, the destination is the International Space Station, where it will drop off about 5,800 pounds of supplies to the astronauts currently residing there.

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NASA InSight Mars lander could launch as early as May 5

NASA InSight Mars lander could launch as early as May 5

NASA is talking up its next mission to Mars. The mission will see the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) stationary lander head to the Red Planet. That stationary lander will be the first ever mission meant specifically to explore deep into the interior of Mars.

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