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NASA CHESS mission will probe ’empty’ deep space

NASA CHESS mission will probe ’empty’ deep space

NASA plans to probe the seemingly empty space that lies between stars via its new CHESS mission, helping researchers understand the earliest parts of a star's slow formation. CHESS, in this case, is short for Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph, a special payload that will be sent into space on the suborbital sounding rocket called Black Brant IX. The launch will take place next week.

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NASA will make sure you see this year’s major total solar eclipse

NASA will make sure you see this year’s major total solar eclipse

As we've previously reported, this year will bring a major total eclipse and many people in the United States will be able to see it. For everyone who doesn't live in the viewing path, though, or at least those who can't make the trip to see it in person, NASA has you covered. The space agency has announced big plans for livestreaming the event, enabling everyone in the world to watch it live.

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NASA’s Mars telescope spied Curiosity rover on planet’s rocky surface

NASA’s Mars telescope spied Curiosity rover on planet’s rocky surface

A new NASA photo shows a small blue dot in the middle of a bumpy, rocky brown landscape. That landscape, the space agency says, is Mars, and the small blue dot? That's the Mars Curiosity rover as seen by NASA's own Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The photo was taken last month by the space agency's super powerful Mars telescope, which only takes photos a handful of times a year. The capturing of Curiosity, it seems, was a happy coincidence.

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NASA’s Kepler telescope finds more than 200 new planet candidates

NASA’s Kepler telescope finds more than 200 new planet candidates

While there are a lot of interesting things happening in our own solar system - from Curiosity's continuing adventure on Mars to New Horizons giving us an up-close look at Pluto - NASA's Kepler space observatory has been looking into the depths of space. It's been looking for other planets that may be out there, and today, NASA has published a new mission catalog that names more than 200 new planet candidates.

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NASA re-schedules a colorful rocket launch for Father’s Day

NASA re-schedules a colorful rocket launch for Father’s Day

NASA hopes to mark Father's Day with a colorful show of luminescent clouds, all the way above the mid-Atlantic coast. The NASA Terrier Improved Malemute mission will see a sounding rocket launch from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, and then release several canisters of colored vapor. Dubbed "vapor tracers", they'll allow the scientists behind the project to observe how particle motions in space behave.

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Mars Rover Concept looks more like a sci-fi armored van

Mars Rover Concept looks more like a sci-fi armored van

When you hear or read about off-planet rovers, you probably think of unmanned, somewhat smaller vehicles built for exploration and scientific missions. This concept Mars rover, in contrast, looks like something the Dark Knight himself would ride into battle. More armored car than mobile lab, this Rover Concept from NASA’s “Summer of Mars” promotion isn’t meant to actually roam the Red Planet. It serves more as a seedbed for actual rover technologies, as well as an inspiration to those visiting the Kennedy Space Center complex.

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NASA has announced its next 12 astronaut candidates: training starts in August

NASA has announced its next 12 astronaut candidates: training starts in August

NASA opened itself up to new astronaut applications last year, and after shifting through thousands of potential candidates, the space agency has revealed the 12 individuals selected to undergo astronaut training. These people were selected from a pool of more than 18,000 people, according to NASA, which says all twelve are now among its 2017 astronaut class. Alongside the announcement, NASA as released videos introducing the whole team.

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NASA is going to start a fire on a spacecraft for science

NASA is going to start a fire on a spacecraft for science

NASA has announced plans to start a fire on a spacecraft in order to help researchers understand how such fires grow and which materials burn up in a microgravity environment. This isn't the first time NASA has started a fire in space -- in fact, it has done this twice before -- but it will mark the last time the space agency does so. The project is called SAFFIRE III, and is part of a series of experiments.

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NASA approves studies into autonomous aircraft technology

NASA approves studies into autonomous aircraft technology

NASA has approved a trio of studies that will help lay the foundation for the development and use of aircraft-based autonomous technologies, the space agency has announced. The studies are part of NASA's larger Convergent Aeronautics Solutions project, which itself is shelling out the funds for 'new technologies that are ambitious and potentially transformative,' according to the project's acting director Richard Barhydt.

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SpaceX lands 11th rocket following first launch of reused Dragon capsule

SpaceX lands 11th rocket following first launch of reused Dragon capsule

SpaceX has now achieved its fifth successful ground-based landing for its Falcon 9 rockets, but what makes this weekend's launch really special was that it was also the first time the rocket company reused one of its Dragon cargo capsules. The Saturday launch saw SpaceX tasked with delivering cargo and supplies to the International Space Station, but this time around it was with the refurbished capsule that had been used back in September 2014.

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NASA Parker Solar Probe sun mission named in honor of Eugene Parker

NASA Parker Solar Probe sun mission named in honor of Eugene Parker

As promised, NASA has made an announcement related to its sun investigation mission, the now-formerly named Solar Probe Plus. The space agency, it turns out, has decided to change the mission's name to Parker Solar Probe in honor of astrophysicist Eugene Parker who published a study in 1958 detailing a phenomenon that is now known as solar wind. "This is the first time NASA has named a spacecraft for a living individual," Science Mission Directorate associate administration Thomas Zurbuchen explained.

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NASA will detail its historic sun mission tomorrow: here’s how to watch

NASA will detail its historic sun mission tomorrow: here’s how to watch

NASA will make an announcement related to its sun mission tomorrow, the space agency has said, and you'll be able to watch it live from the convenience of your phone or laptop. The announcement will concern NASA's previously unveiled Solar Probe Plus, a spacecraft that will get closer to the sun than any other in history. By sending a spacecraft so close to our bright star, researchers will learn things about its outer atmosphere and more that answer longstanding physics questions.

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