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Astronaut Kate Rubins voted from the ISS

Astronaut Kate Rubins voted from the ISS

It would be nearly impossible for anyone to not know this was an election year at this point. Between the presidential debates and all the political ads running on TV, the election is difficult to escape. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins is encouraging people to vote by pointing out that she voted from space. A picture was posted to the NASA Astronaut's Twitter feed, which can be seen below, with Rubens pointing to a small closet with a handmade sign that read "ISS voting booth."

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NASA says Bennu asteroid sample is leaking, but it has good news

NASA says Bennu asteroid sample is leaking, but it has good news

NASA has shared a new series of images featuring OSIRIS-REx, the spacecraft that successfully nabbed a sample from the surface of asteroid Bennu. These images show some of the collected material, including larger rocks, escaping from the collection tool on the spacecraft -- but that's not necessarily a bad thing. According to the space agency, scientists have a good reason to believe the Bennu sample is 'plentiful.'

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NASA Human Landing System Program completes a critical milestone

NASA Human Landing System Program completes a critical milestone

The NASA Human Landing System Program has completed a key milestone in progress towards sending the first humans back to the moon since the Apollo era. The Human Landing System (HLS) has conducted its Certification Baseline Reviews with three US companies competing to provide Landers to deliver Artemis astronauts to the moon.

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NASA claims “exciting new discovery” about the Moon

NASA claims “exciting new discovery” about the Moon

This afternoon, NASA revealed they'd discovered something "new" and "exciting" about the Moon. They played a bit coy about said discovery, noting that they'll spill the whole cup of beans from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) at a conference that'll take place at 12PM EDT on Monday, the 26th of October, 2020. We'll be covering that announcement as it happens.

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Astronaut Chris Cassidy returns to Earth with Russian crewmates

Astronaut Chris Cassidy returns to Earth with Russian crewmates

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy has returned to Earth after the completion of his third space mission. Cassidy spent 196 days living and working aboard the International Space Station. He successfully returned to Earth along with two Russian cosmonauts, Ivan Vagner and Anatoly Ivanishin. The three crewmembers departed the ISS at 7:32 PM EDT on Wednesday.

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NASA video shows OSIRIS-REx touchdown on Bennu

NASA video shows OSIRIS-REx touchdown on Bennu

A couple of days ago, NASA announced that its asteroid-sampling spacecraft OSIRIS-REx successfully collected samples from the surface of asteroid Bennu. NASA has now released a video collected from the SamCam imager board the spacecraft as OSIRIS-REx performed its Touch-And-Go (TAG) maneuver. The series of images in the video shows the spacecraft touchdown on the asteroid surface over 200 million miles away from Earth.

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Colliding neutron stars leave massive amounts of gold and platinum behind

Colliding neutron stars leave massive amounts of gold and platinum behind

The illustration below shows a hot, dense, expanding cloud of debris stripped away from neutron stars just before they collide. The collision between two neutron stars or a neutron star and a black hole is known as a kilonova. NASA's illustration of a kilonova shows the cloud in both visible and infrared light.

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NASA OSIRIS-REx successfully collects samples from Bennu asteroid

NASA OSIRIS-REx successfully collects samples from Bennu asteroid

Most people are probably familiar with the sometimes eight, sometimes nine gigantic bodies in our solar system but these planets (and one sometimes not-planet) aren't the only interesting things in our neighborhood. The smaller but still huge chunks of mass known as asteroids hold just as many interesting secrets and one of them, the mysterious Bennu, may finally reveal some of those thanks to the risky but thankfully successful extraction of some samples by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.

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NASA gives sneak peek at a future lab for studying asteroid samples

NASA gives sneak peek at a future lab for studying asteroid samples

NASA's Johnson Space Center has offered the public a look at the laboratory currently under construction, one that will be used to study asteroid samples and other 'cosmic mysteries.' The sneak peek includes a render of one of the planned labs, which will be managed by the space agency's Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science division (ARES).

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NASA will broadcast OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample collection attempt

NASA will broadcast OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample collection attempt

NASA has announced that it will broadcast coverage of OSIRIS-REx as it attempts to collect a sample from the surface of an asteroid Bennu on Tuesday, October 20, at 6:12 PM EDT. Live coverage of the spacecraft's descent to the asteroid surface for its TAG or Touch-And-Go maneuver will be broadcast on NASA Television and via the NASA website.

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NASA Perseverance Rover will carry 11 3D printed metal parts to Mars

NASA Perseverance Rover will carry 11 3D printed metal parts to Mars

The NASA Perseverance Rover is scheduled to land on Mars on February 18, 2021. The rover features 11 metal parts that were made using additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D printing. Rather than being forged, molded, or cut from a larger block of material, 3D printing uses lasers to melt powder in successive layers to construct the part.

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NASA DuAxel rover is two vehicles in one

NASA DuAxel rover is two vehicles in one

NASA has designed an interesting new rover that's made up of a pair of two-wheeled vehicles. The rover is called DuAxel, and the design is intended to allow it to descend crater sides and near-vertical clips on the Moon, Mars, and beyond. The rover can stop, lower its chassis, and anchor to the ground before splitting in two.

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