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NASA model improves odds of finding habitable exoplanets

NASA model improves odds of finding habitable exoplanets

NASA has a new model that improves the space agency's odds of identifying habitable exoplanets. The model is based on new NASA research that determines conditions across three different dimensions instead of one, as previous models did. With this, NASA says, researchers will be better able to determine which exoplanets are worth exploring (from a habitability standpoint).

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Explore the Mars landscape in Chrome via Google’s Access Mars project

Explore the Mars landscape in Chrome via Google’s Access Mars project

NASA rovers have taken a huge number of photos from the Mars surface, enabling researchers on the ground to combine them into a single massive, highly detailed 3D model of the planet's landscape. This 3D model, thanks to a Google project called Access Mars, is now easily accessible to anyone with access to Chrome or your Internet browser of choice.

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LEGO Women of NASA set release date and pricing info

LEGO Women of NASA set release date and pricing info

This week the folks at LEGO presented the final version of what'll be one of the most awesome Minifigure-centric sets in history. This is the LEGO Ideas "Women of NASA LEGO set". It comes from the awesome mind of fan designer Maia Weinstock who presented her idea to LEGO Ideas under the headline "Ladies rock outer space"!

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Hubble makes milestone observation of gravitational-wave source

Hubble makes milestone observation of gravitational-wave source

NASA has announced a new milestone observation made possible via Hubble, which spotted light that has been connected to a gravitational-wave event. According to the space agency, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope first detected a high-energy light pulse on August 17. Following this, the National Science Foundation's LIGO picked up on the gravitational waves from colliding stars that were related to the gamma-ray burst.

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NASA coordination project will test vital asteroid early warning system tomorrow

NASA coordination project will test vital asteroid early warning system tomorrow

An asteroid will whiz by Earth tomorrow, but there's no need to worry. The space rock won't be anywhere close to hitting our planet, though researchers will use it for a very important task: to test a particular early warning system that aims to warn Earth ahead of time about a potential asteroid impact. Such systems may be vital for avoiding disaster.

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Pence says NASA will put people on the moon again

Pence says NASA will put people on the moon again

In a statement today, US Vice President Mike Pence stated that NASA will once again put people on the moon, though no time frame for this planned project was given. The announcement appears to be more of an inspirational message than part of a larger concrete plan. Pence touched on the topic of Russian and Chinese anti-satellite technology as part of his speech, ultimately calling such future moon missions 'vital' for the nation.

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Harvest Moon arrives tomorrow night: here are all the details

Harvest Moon arrives tomorrow night: here are all the details

Yes, you read that correctly: the Harvest Moon arrives tomorrow, an atypically late date for the moniker that is usually applied to September's full moon. Last month brought us the Corn Moon, the name given to the moon that arrives early in September around the same time that corn is harvested. Why the deviation from norm? Because September's full moon came early in the month, not late.

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NASA explains why the world didn’t end on September 23

NASA explains why the world didn’t end on September 23

People have predicted the end of the world since ancient days, and this past September 23 was no exception. The Internet was alight with a doomsday prediction that billed this past Saturday as a fateful day, one that would result in the fabled planet Nibiru colliding with Earth and killing everyone. Forums were filled with people reporting feeling 'vibes' about the event; psychics said it would happen. But, as expected, the day passed without event.

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Mars isolation test will end this weekend after 8 months

Mars isolation test will end this weekend after 8 months

Back in January, we reported that a crew was going to spend 8 months living in isolation in a location that simulated the Mars environment. This isolation is a test ahead of future missions to Mars, where humans will spend large amounts of time in cramped quarters with a small group of other people. This crew is scheduled to exit their accommodations this upcoming Sunday.

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Cassini takes a final plunge into Saturn, ending its 20-year mission

Cassini takes a final plunge into Saturn, ending its 20-year mission

After spending nearly 20 years in space and more than 13 years orbiting Saturn, NASA's Cassini mission came to an end this morning. The Cassini orbiter took its final plunge into Saturn this morning, officially bringing an end to the successful mission. NASA lost contact with the orbiter at 7:55 AM EDT as it descended through the gas giant's atmosphere.

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NASA will livestream Cassini’s final moments tomorrow

NASA will livestream Cassini’s final moments tomorrow

NASA's existing Saturn mission is nearing its end after 13 long years, and everyone will be able to watch the spacecraft's final moments. The space agency detailed the mission's end yesterday, explaining that on September 15 (that's tomorrow), the Cassini spacecraft will fall into Saturn's atmosphere, marking both the end of it and its mission. As with many of its other notable events, the end of this mission will be broadcast on NASA TV.

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See Saturn’s beauty as Cassini crashes into it

See Saturn’s beauty as Cassini crashes into it

A 13-year journey ends this week as Cassini–Huygens crashes into the face of Saturn - and we get to see it all happen. At the end of this journey, NASA is celebrating with an E-Book called "The Saturn System : Through the Eyes of Cassini." This E-Book was made free this week, and from it we've got a few passages and big set of photos to share with you today. These are just a few of the 450,000 photos captured by Cassini on its journey from Earth to Saturn.

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