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NASA says Bennu surprises include particle plumes and rough terrain

NASA says Bennu surprises include particle plumes and rough terrain

Asteroid Bennu, the space rock currently orbited by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, has offered up a couple surprise discoveries over past weeks, according to the space agency. OSIRIS-REx arrived at Bennu back in December 2018, kicking off a couple years of observations before the spacecraft's eventual return to Earth. If everything goes as planned, NASA will receive a physical sample collected from Bennu.

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See the 2nd-largest meteor explosion in modern history

See the 2nd-largest meteor explosion in modern history

This week a set of scientists discovered a meteor explosion that occurred in early December, 2018. The event was detected by other instruments soon after taking place, but now we've got our first visual evidence in fire red and orange. This explosive image comes from the Japanese Himawari-8 weather satellite, and was first reported globally on the 15th of March by Peter Brown at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

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NASA is simulating extremely hot alien atmospheres on Earth

NASA is simulating extremely hot alien atmospheres on Earth

Scientists at NASA JPL are creating alien atmospheres to better understand distant exoplanets. The space agency detailed part of this project, which involves using a special type of 'oven' to heat a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen gas, simulating the very high temperatures on giant gas exoplanets. Using the simulated atmosphere, researchers are able to study environments and learn things about the planets.

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NASA says astronauts Koch and Hague arrived safely at the ISS

NASA says astronauts Koch and Hague arrived safely at the ISS

NASA has announced that its astronauts Christina Koch and Nick Hague safely arrived at the International Space Station and have since boarded the vessel. The trip took place on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft alongside Roscosmos' Alexey Ovchinin; the vehicle launched for the ISS at 3:14PM EDT on March 14, according to NASA, which says the crew boarded the ISS late last night.

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Soyuz MS-12 ISS Crew Launch live: Heading to first all-woman spacewalk

Soyuz MS-12 ISS Crew Launch live: Heading to first all-woman spacewalk

This morning preparations began for the launch of mission Soyuz MS-12, operator Roscosmos, headed for the International Space Station. This mission will be launched aboard a Soyuz FG rocket from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome. The payload aboard this launch is a mixed Russia and USA International Space Station Expedition 59/60 crew.

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NASA Mars Helicopter prepares for flight – and UAVs on Earth could benefit

NASA Mars Helicopter prepares for flight – and UAVs on Earth could benefit

NASA's 2020 mission to Mars won't just depend on landing on the red planet to be successful: the Mars Helicopter also plans to take off again. The space agency has been discussing its plans to send a groundbreaking helicopter into space, and while the spindly drone may not be scaled to accommodate a human passenger, the technology behind it could well have implications for transportation back on Earth.

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NASA’s research finds dust rings in the inner solar system

NASA’s research finds dust rings in the inner solar system

Dust can be a problem in homes and offices here on Earth, but dust isn't an Earth-bound phenomenon. Dust also gathers in the solar system and space in general, and NASA data has been used in a couple of new studies that report newly discovered dust rings in the inner solar system. One of the studies used NASA data to outline evidence of a dust ring around the Sun at Mercury's orbit.

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NASA chooses teams that will study decades-old moon samples

NASA chooses teams that will study decades-old moon samples

The last time a human stepped foot on the moon was during the Apollo era moon landings. The Apollo missions returned samples of moon rocks and soil for further study on Earth. NASA opted to leave some of the moon samples untouched, and they have sat that way for nearly 50 years.

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NASA Opportunity rover’s last panorama shows its final resting place

NASA Opportunity rover’s last panorama shows its final resting place

NASA's Opportunity rover is dead, but its final images live on in the form of a beautiful 360-degree panorama. The space agency shared this final image today, explaining that it features Perseverance Valley, which is the inside slope of the Endurance Crater and the spot where Opportunity fell silent. The images composing the panorama were taken over the course of 29 days.

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Who sent the plush Earth toy to the International Space Station?

Who sent the plush Earth toy to the International Space Station?

If you'd seen the plush "Earthie" toy in photos of the International Space Station, you'd know it. It's basically a spherical earth in blue and green, with blue arms, blue legs, black oval-shaped eyes, and a circular black dot mouth. It's super cute, really - but where did Earthie come from? And the most obvious question - where can I get one to love and hold forever?

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NASA reveals Moon to Mars plans for its $21bn FY2020 budget

NASA reveals Moon to Mars plans for its $21bn FY2020 budget

On March 11, the Office of Management and Budget released a proposed budget offering NASA $21 billion in funding for its 2020 fiscal year, a $500 million decrease from the final fiscal year 2019 figure. Despite the decrease, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine called it "one of the strongest on record for our storied agency." Ultimately, the budget represents around a 6-percent increase over the amount requested last year.

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NASA’s LRO spies water molecules moving around dayside of the moon

NASA’s LRO spies water molecules moving around dayside of the moon

NASA has leveraged an instrument that is aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter called the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project or LAMP. That instrument can measure the layer of molecules that are temporality stuck to the surface of the moon, allowing it to report on changes in lunar hydration throughout a day.

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