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Dazzled by the Sun, NASA taps AI to give its solar telescope an eye-test

Dazzled by the Sun, NASA taps AI to give its solar telescope an eye-test

Staring at the Sun is ill-advised if you want to keep your eyesight, but NASA's solar telescopes have some sneaky ways to avoid burn-out as the space agency gleans vital information about our closest star. The Solar Dynamics Observatory has been working for more than a decade, unlocking unprecedented details about the ferocious forces boiling away in the Sun, but new AI tech is making sure its solar eyesight is 20/20.

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NASA InSight check out what’s inside Mars

NASA InSight check out what’s inside Mars

In 2018, a NASA spacecraft called InSight landed on the surface of Mars. Before InSight landed on the surface, all other missions, including rovers and orbiters studying Mars, concentrated on the surface of the Red Planet. However, InSight was different because it was designed to study Mars' interior using a seismometer.

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James Webb Space Telescope will study Beta Pictoris

James Webb Space Telescope will study Beta Pictoris

NASA has been working towards launching its next orbital telescope called the James Webb Space Telescope. Researchers at the agency will use the Webb telescope to study an interesting young planetary system called Beta Pictoris. The planetary system has at least two planets and a mass of smaller, rocky bodies, and a dusty disc.

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This is how NASA’s Perseverance rover will gather Mars samples to return to Earth

This is how NASA’s Perseverance rover will gather Mars samples to return to Earth

NASA's Perseverance may have been on Mars since February, but the rover is only now preparing to take its very first sample of red planet rock. It's taken more than a month of exploration in Jezero Crater, the location NASA selected to land Perseverance for the strongest chance of discovering ancient signs of life, to identify the best candidate spot for a multi-stage sampling process.

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Perseverance begins searching for signs of life on Mars

Perseverance begins searching for signs of life on Mars

NASA has announced that the Perseverance rover has completed testing the instruments on its robotic arm and is ready to get down to business. That business will see Perseverance testing rocks and dust for evidence of past life on the surface of the Red Planet. The rover has a seven-foot-long mechanical arm that has several instruments attached to the end.

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NASA reveals Hubble’s first galactic photos after its epic repair job

NASA reveals Hubble’s first galactic photos after its epic repair job

Hubble may only just have been fixed, but NASA is wasting no time putting the iconic space telescope back to work and sharing the latest images of distant galaxies. It was a nail-biting month of unexpected downtime for Hubble, after observations came to an abrupt halt in mid-June when the payload computer which manages the telescope shut down.

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NASA: Hubble is back online and already at work

NASA: Hubble is back online and already at work

Hubble is back online and back examining the mysteries of the universe, with NASA confirming that its repairs last week have restored the iconic space telescope to scientific operations. After weeks offline, a potentially risky fix was attempted on Friday, July 16, with current and past Hubble team members stepping up to rescue the instrument.

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Why red hot chili peppers are growing on the International Space Station

Why red hot chili peppers are growing on the International Space Station

The newest sort of tasty experimentally-grown food to hit the International Space Station are chile (or chili) peppers. Red and green chili peppers, sent to the ISS in the form of Hatch chili pepper seeds, are in the process of being grown for the consumption of astronauts in the next few months. This is part of NASA's Plant Habitat-04 (PH-04) experiment.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor will change ports on the ISS next week

SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor will change ports on the ISS next week

NASA is having crewmembers aboard the ISS change the docking location for the SpaceX Crew-2 Crew Dragon Endeavor spacecraft. The docking port swap will happen on Wednesday, July 21. Next week will mark a historic occasion when two different US commercial spacecraft built for crew will be docked to the orbiting ISS at the same time.

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NASA briefing on early Perseverance Mars Rover science happens Wednesday

NASA briefing on early Perseverance Mars Rover science happens Wednesday

NASA has announced that it will be holding a briefing on early science discoveries from the Perseverance Mars Rover next week. The virtual media briefing will take place at 1 PM EDT on Wednesday, July 21. At the briefing, NASA will discuss early science results from the Perseverance Mars Rover, among other topics.

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NASA invites the public to watch the Starliner launch on July 30

NASA invites the public to watch the Starliner launch on July 30

NASA has announced that it will have complete coverage of the second launch of Starliner on July 30. The space agency is inviting the public to participate virtually in the launch currently scheduled for 2:53 PM EDT Friday, July 30. The mission is OFT-2 and is the second uncrewed flight for the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft.

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Hubble wakes up after NASA Space Telescope fix success

Hubble wakes up after NASA Space Telescope fix success

The Hubble Space Telescope has successfully been switched to its backup hardware, with NASA's potentially risky fix for the ailing instrument seemingly working as planned. Hubble - which has been in operation for 31 years, giving scientists an unprecedented glimpse of distant galaxies - unexpectedly shut down in June, with the payload computer responsible for managing the telescope switching into its protective safe mode.

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