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This is Northrop Grumman’s grand vision for a new NASA Space Station

This is Northrop Grumman’s grand vision for a new NASA Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) is aging and has been developing issues that could one day make it uninhabitable over the last several years. After spending decades in orbit, NASA looks to a future where other space stations will also orbit the Earth. Rather than being developed by NASA and partner nations, these future space stations will be commercial projects. NASA has awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman to develop a cost-effective commercial free-flying space station in low Earth orbit (LEO).

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NASA reveals the 3 contenders to replace the International Space Station

NASA reveals the 3 contenders to replace the International Space Station

While the International Space Station is the destination for conducting research in low-Earth orbit, it will not be that way forever. The United States and NASA, along with partners worldwide who are already helping to maintain the ISS, will continue to fund the space station for a few more years, but eventually, it will have to be replaced. NASA has now named three companies selected to submit designs for new space stations, and there are some familiar names on the list.

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What Are Black Holes and How Do They Form?

What Are Black Holes and How Do They Form?

You've probably heard of black holes existing in the universe and may even have studied the phenomena in a high school science class. According to NASA, scientists speculate that they can range in size from a mere atom to supermassive ones the size of a million suns combined.

While countless artists have used their imaginations to depict these mysterious objects, you might be surprised to find out that, in spite of the size of some of them, they cannot be seen with either the naked eye or with the most powerful telescopes. How can something potentially so massive hide so well? To understand this, we must learn about what black holes are and how they are formed.

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Who Invented the Space Suit?

Who Invented the Space Suit?

Before humankind was able to explore the sky outside of Earth's orbit, we first had to get an understanding of what happens to our bodies once we ascend past a certain elevation. Fly too high in the sky and the human body will succumb to a lack of oxygen. And if you survive that, the colder atmosphere will surely lead to hypothermia. Believe it or not, it took the perseverance of one determined Spaniard to figure out how to work around those issues, allowing for exploring the skies at great heights.

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The 11 Most Influential Women in NASA History

The 11 Most Influential Women in NASA History

The history of the United States space program was molded in part by the many women who have not only been launched into orbit aboard spacecraft, but who have also worked tirelessly behind the scenes in making the rocket and shuttle launches mathematically possible. From the more than 50 women launched into space, to the engineers that started the process on paper, women have been an integral part of NASA from the beginning (via History of NASA).

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NASA delays planned ISS spacewalk due to risk of space junk

NASA delays planned ISS spacewalk due to risk of space junk

Sad news for those who were planning to watch NASA's scheduled spacewalk at the International Space Station today, as it's been delayed. The spacewalk, which was expected to begin today at 7:10 AM EST, was postponed at the last minute, thanks to the detection of nearby space debris. Unfortunately for us, NASA doesn't yet know when it will be able to perform the spacewalk and won't until it has more details about the debris and just what kind of threat it poses.

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Hubble’s Cosmic Origins Spectrograph instrument is back in action

Hubble’s Cosmic Origins Spectrograph instrument is back in action

It's been something of a rough month for the Hubble Space Telescope. Toward the end of October, NASA detected that Hubble's science instruments had lost synchronization and automatically entered safe mode - a problem it reported on November 1st. Throughout the rest of the month, NASA has been exploring the issue and bringing those instruments out of safe mode one by one. Today, the organization announced that one more tool has been taken out of safe mode, meaning Hubble is one step closer to being fully functional again.

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NASA Parker Solar Probe completed its 10th close solar approach

NASA Parker Solar Probe completed its 10th close solar approach

NASA's Parker Solar Probe has been setting records for several years. On November 21, Parker set another record by completing its 10th close approach to the sun. On this close approach, the spacecraft came within 5.3 million miles of the sun's surface.

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NASA DART: What comes next for the collision-course asteroid mission

NASA DART: What comes next for the collision-course asteroid mission

NASA's DART mission is underway, launching atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 and aiming to answer one of the biggest questions in science - and sci-fi movies: can we avoid a potentially life-ending asteroid strike on Earth? Much to Bruce Willis' disappointment, we're guessing, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test won't try to nuke a rogue space rock altogether. Instead, its ambitions are altogether more focused.

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NASA’s DART mission launches and heads towards its demise

NASA’s DART mission launches and heads towards its demise

Scientists have confirmed that asteroids have impacted Earth in the past. Most of those impacts left craters of various sizes and caused no real harm to the planet, but there have been some catastrophic impacts in the distant past. One of the biggest impacts ever to take place on the planet is the Chicxulub Impactor, estimated to have been six miles wide. That massive impact left a crater 90 miles wide on the Mexico Yucatán Peninsula and killed most life on the planet.

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NASA is bringing Hubble back to life with a key instrument

NASA is bringing Hubble back to life with a key instrument

NASA has announced that it is continuing to work to bring the Hubble Space Telescope completely online and back to normal science operations. The agency confirmed the Wide Field Camera 3 instrument was successfully recovered on Sunday, November 21. NASA plans to conduct the first science observations using the recovered Wide Field Camera 3 today, November 23.

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NASA’s James Webb telescope delayed again, this time over an ‘incident’

NASA’s James Webb telescope delayed again, this time over an ‘incident’

The James Webb Space Telescope's launch has been delayed yet again, but only for a few days this time around. The reason, according to NASA, is an 'incident' that happened while technicians were attaching the space telescope to its launch vehicle adapter. The space agency says additional testing is necessary before the telescope is ready for launch.

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