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NASA will air SLS core stage hot fire test

NASA will air SLS core stage hot fire test

One of the next major tests for the SLS rocket core stage will happen on January 16, which is today if you're not close to a calendar. The image above shows the core stage rocket sitting on the test stand at the NASA Stennis Space Center as it's being fueled with liquid hydrogen. The flame burning in the left of the image is liquid hydrogen being safely vented and burned as it warms and boils off during a rehearsal countdown for the hot fire test conducted on December 20.

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SpaceX Dragon cargo splashes down successfully off the Florida coast

SpaceX Dragon cargo splashes down successfully off the Florida coast

On Wednesday, NASA announced that the upgraded SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft successfully splashdown at 8:26 PM EST west of Tampa, Florida. The successful splashdown marked the ending of the company's 21st contracted cargo resupply mission to the ISS. The spacecraft carried over 4400 pounds of scientific experiments and other cargo back to Earth.

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NASA gives up on the “mole” portion of the InSight lander mission

NASA gives up on the “mole” portion of the InSight lander mission

One of the mission experiments aboard the InSight Lander that scientists worked to deploy on Mars was the heat probe known as the "mole" developed by the German Aerospace Center. The heat probe has been unable to gain the friction it needs to dig into the Martian soil. While the overall InSight mission has been granted an extension, the mole has ended its portion of the mission.

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2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year on record according to NASA

2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year on record according to NASA

NASA has analyzed the Earth's global average surface temperature during 2020 and found that the year tied with 2016 as the warmest year on record. NASA says the planet's long-term warming trend continued with 2020s global average temperature 1.84 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the baseline 1951 through 1980 mean. NASA says that 2020 edged out 2016 by a tiny amount within the margin of error for the analysis, effectively tying 2020 and 2016 for the warmest year on record.

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Artemis I Orion spacecraft is ready to be fueled up

Artemis I Orion spacecraft is ready to be fueled up

NASA has announced that the Orion spacecraft used for the Artemis I mission has completed its time in the Neil Armstrong Operations & Checkout Building. The spaceship was hoisted from the stand in that building where it was outfitted with components, and systems were tested to ensure it was mission ready. With assembly complete, the spacecraft has been moved to the NASA Exploration Ground Systems team responsible for processing the Orion spacecraft for its launch later this year.

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SpaceX will send IM/NASA ice drill to the moon

SpaceX will send IM/NASA ice drill to the moon

Intuitive Machines (IM) has chosen SpaceX and the SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket for its second moon mission. At present, both of the Intuitive Machines missions headed to the moon in the next three years will be launched by SpaceX. This will be the Intuitive Machines IM-2 Polar Mission, and will bring the IM Nova-C lander to the moon, where it'll deploy the Polar Resources Ice Mining Experiment (PRIME-1) drill by December 2022.

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NASA prepares to share sounds from Mars as Perseverance nears planet

NASA prepares to share sounds from Mars as Perseverance nears planet

On February 18, a little over a month from now, NASA's Perseverance rover will land on the Red Planet, bringing with it new tools and technologies for additional exploration. Among the items carried by the rover is a microphone located on its SuperCam instrument -- and NASA plans to use this to record natural sounds on Mars.

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NASA New Horizons mission helps scientists figure out how dark space is

NASA New Horizons mission helps scientists figure out how dark space is

One key answer for helping scientists figure out how many galaxies there are in the universe is how dark space is. Astronomers have been able to estimate the total number of galaxies in the universe by counting everything visible in a Hubble deep field. Then they multiply that by the total area of the sky. The problem with that process is that there are some galaxies that are too faint and far away to be directly detected.

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Triple star system discovered in NASA Kepler data

Triple star system discovered in NASA Kepler data

NASA began operating the Kepler mission in 2009. The space telescope spotted a planet estimated to be about half the size of Saturn in a multiple-star system called KOI-5Ab. That was the second planet candidate ever discovered by Kepler but was ultimately ignored.

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NASA shows off new solar panels for the ISS

NASA shows off new solar panels for the ISS

The ISS has been in orbit above the Earth for decades. Power for the space station and the experiments onboard comes from four pairs of solar arrays designed for a 15-year service life. Those solar arrays have been operating continuously since the first pair was deployed in December 2000. Additional array pairs were delivered in September 2006, June 2007, and March 2009.

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Chandra X-ray Observatory gathers data on a magnetar discovered in 2020

Chandra X-ray Observatory gathers data on a magnetar discovered in 2020

In 2020, astronomers discovered a new member of an exotic family of objects known as magnetars. More recently, the NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory has made observations that support the idea that the magnetar discovered last year is also a pulsar. A pulsar emits regular pulses of light.

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NASA shows off new images of massive Martian canyon

NASA shows off new images of massive Martian canyon

Anyone who's ever visited the Grand Canyon in the United States knows how massive it is. The Grand Canyon certainly lives up to its name, but it's got nothing on a canyon on the surface of Mars. NASA has released new images of the largest canyon in the solar system, which is nearly ten times as long as the Grand Canyon and three times as deep.

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