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InSight rover spied on Mars by MRO spacecraft’s HiRISE camera

InSight rover spied on Mars by MRO spacecraft’s HiRISE camera

NASA's InSight rover touched down on Mars late last month at a landing site that the space agency's researchers narrowed down to a 81-mile-long ellipses. Thanks to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRISE camera, NASA has been able to visually confirm its lander's exact position, as well as its parachute and heat shield. Three images of the objects have been shared with the public.

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Parker Solar Probe sends back Sun data from its closest-ever approach

Parker Solar Probe sends back Sun data from its closest-ever approach

NASA mission scientists have recently been on the receiving end of data gathered by the Parker Solar Probe during its closest-ever solar approach last month. Four researchers with the space agency shared some information about the mission at the 2018 American Geophysical Union meeting today, revealing that they expect to be surprised by some of the probe's future discoveries, among other things.

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InSight snaps its first selfie and shows off its workspace

InSight snaps its first selfie and shows off its workspace

NASA's InSight spacecraft has only been on the surface of the Red Planet for a short while, and already it has shown off some cool photos and first ever facts about Mars. Earlier this week InSight sent NASA its first ever Mars wind recording. We've also seen an image of the spacecraft readying its robotic arm.

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NASA OSIRIS-REx finds water on Bennu asteroid within days of arrival

NASA OSIRIS-REx finds water on Bennu asteroid within days of arrival

On December 3, NASA announced that its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft had successfully arrived as the asteroid called Bennu, kicking off a mission that will last two years. The spacecraft has only been at the asteroid for a week, but its observations already include a big discovery: the presence of water on the space rock.

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NASA Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space 11 billion miles from Earth

NASA Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space 11 billion miles from Earth

In October, NASA revealed that its Voyager 2 probe, which was launched in 1977, had started to detect an increase in cosmic rays from beyond our Solar System. The space agency said the change hinted at the possibility of nearing interstellar space, something it has now confirmed a little over a month later. The Voyager 2's arrival in interstellar space comes a handful of years after Voyager 1's own similar achievement.

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NASA shares first ever recording of Mars wind courtesy of InSight

NASA shares first ever recording of Mars wind courtesy of InSight

Humanity has been provided with a recording of winds on Mars for the first time ever thanks to NASA's newly deployed InSight rover. The vehicle arrived on Mars in November, successfully landing after months of travel to the Red Planet. NASA shared two copies of the wind recording, one as it was captured and another adjusted for playback on phones and laptops.

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NASA shares an image of InSight readying its robotic arm

NASA shares an image of InSight readying its robotic arm

In late November NASA shared the first image InSight took of its Martian surroundings. NASA is now sharing a picture of InSight as it gets ready to use its robotic arm to get to work. The arm has a reach of about 6-feet and is meant to pick up science instruments from the deck of the lander.

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Honda reveals fluoride battery breakthrough for next-gen power storage

Honda reveals fluoride battery breakthrough for next-gen power storage

Honda Research Institute has announced a new breakthrough battery chemistry developed in collaboration with Caltech and NASA JPL researchers. The technology, which was detailed in a newly published study, has a better eco footprint while enabling the use of higher energy density materials in comparison to existing battery tech.

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ISS’ newest crew members arrive at the space station

ISS’ newest crew members arrive at the space station

NASA has confirmed that the three newest crewmembers for the ISS have arrived safely on the space station. The three new crewmembers successfully launched and docked with the space station via a Russian Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft on Monday. The new crew includes Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadia Space Agency, and Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos.

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NASA OSIRIS-REx arrives at Bennu asteroid, sends back fly-in images

NASA OSIRIS-REx arrives at Bennu asteroid, sends back fly-in images

NASA has announced the successful arrival of its Origins, Spectral, Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, better known as "OSIRIS-REx." The spacecraft has traveled more than two billion miles over more than two years, according to the space agency, which has shared an animation showing a full rotation of the Bennu asteroid.

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NASA Curiosity rover snaps image of another shiny Mars object

NASA Curiosity rover snaps image of another shiny Mars object

A couple days ago, Curiosity woke up to the song Please would you be my neighbor from Mr. Rogers, that being a greeting for the newly arrived InSight rover. Following that, NASA researchers explain, Curiosity got to work at Mars' Highfield drill site, where it will dump a sample. The rover, which has been rolling around Mars since 2012, previously detected four interesting rocks, including one that is atypically smooth and shiny.

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NASA Fermi space telescope data adds up all of the universe’s starlight

NASA Fermi space telescope data adds up all of the universe’s starlight

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope provided data used to measure all of the starlight our universe produced over 90-percent of its history, the space agency has revealed. Scientists working on the project looked at the gamma-ray output from distant galaxies, using that to estimate star formation rates. This is the first time researchers have measured all of the starlight produced over the history of the observable universe.

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