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Curiosity’s new percussive drilling produces first rock samples since 2016

Curiosity’s new percussive drilling produces first rock samples since 2016

NASA engineers on the Curiosity rover on Mars have been working hard to devise a new way for the rover to drill into rocks and then extract powder that can be tested from them. Their efforts paid off over last weekend when Curiosity was able to produce the first drilled sample from Mars in more than a year.

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NOAA says new weather satellite imager tool isn’t working correctly

NOAA says new weather satellite imager tool isn’t working correctly

NOAA has revealed that the Advanced Baseline Imager instrument on a newly launched satellite has been experiencing an issue that they've narrowed down to a cooling problem. The issue impacts GOES-17, a satellite launched on March 1, and is an unfortunate turn of events. The previous satellite, GOES-16, didn't experience the same issue and continues to operate properly.

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Elon Musk shares SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule test images

Elon Musk shares SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule test images

Elon Musk is on twitter and he is sharing out some images of SpaceX hardware in testing. The image shows the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft undergoing testing inside of an anechoic chamber. If you are wondering, an anechoic chamber is a room described as one of the quietest places on the planet.

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NASA CAL to create temperatures 10 billion times colder than space

NASA CAL to create temperatures 10 billion times colder than space

NASA wants to make some very cold temperatures and to do this it is sending a laser to the International Space Station (ISS). That laser will be used in an experiment to create a spot 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space. The apparatus is called the Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) and is about the size of an ice chest. It will be sent to the ISS aboard an Orbital Cygnus rocket.

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NASA’s TESS planet-hunter sent back this stunning image

NASA’s TESS planet-hunter sent back this stunning image

NASA has released the first incredible photo from its TESS planet-hunter, with the new satellite beaming back a stunning image of more than 200,000 stars. TESS, or the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is at the start of an unusual elliptical orbit that will see it capture enormous images of space in the search for potentially habitable exoplanets.

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These tiny CubeSats could revolutionize how NASA predicts weather

These tiny CubeSats could revolutionize how NASA predicts weather

Some of NASA's smallest cargo on the upcoming resupply launch to the International Space Station will in fact be some of its most important, with a new flock of tiny satellites paving the way for future missions. While the flight will take numerous scientific experiments and more mundane supplies to the orbiting space station, it will also count three CubeSats among its cargo.

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NASA study looks at human activity and freshwater changes

NASA study looks at human activity and freshwater changes

NASA has published the results of a study that used satellite observations to look at the locations where human activity is changing freshwater sources. The study also looked at the cause of that change. The study found that Earth's wet land areas are getting wetter and dry areas are getting drier due to several factors. Those factors include human water management, climate change, and natural cycles.

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NASA carbon program cut will have major impact on climate science

NASA carbon program cut will have major impact on climate science

The Trump administration has cut NASA's Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) budget, removing its ability to measure greenhouse gases. The news follows last month's troubling revelation that average CO2 levels in April exceeded 410ppm, a startling figure and the highest ever recorded. Without the funding, NASA will use up the rest of its grants on CMS, then bring an end of the project.

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Europa water plume: Another step toward living on a moon

Europa water plume: Another step toward living on a moon

New research on a sort-of old set of data points toward a water plume on Jupiter's moon Europa. This plume of water points toward an environment on the moon which would be habitable by human beings. This is only the latest in a line of findings which point toward habitability on Jupiter's most friendly satellite rock.

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This is NASA’s Mars Helicopter: It’s a GO!

This is NASA’s Mars Helicopter: It’s a GO!

Today NASA announced they'd be bringing their Mars Helicopter to Mars, officially. This is not the sort of helicopter you saw circling your house the last time you stole a bunch of diamonds, but the kind that carries payloads. More like a drone than a traditional human-piloted helicopter. In the NASA Mars Helicopter is the future of flight on other worlds - or at least the next step.

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The Density Cusp: Black Holes discovered en masse

The Density Cusp: Black Holes discovered en masse

A team of researchers have discovered evidence of thousands of black holes near the center of our galaxy. Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, Chuck Hailey of Columbia University in New York and crew pointed to a large number of X-ray binaries near the center of the Milky Way in a study published this week. They call their discovery a "density cusp" because of the amount of stellar-mass black holes in one relatively small space. Once you roll in near that arena, chances are you aren't going to be rolling back out.

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See Kilauea from above: Hawaii’s volcano situation

See Kilauea from above: Hawaii’s volcano situation

There's a volcano by the name of Kilauea leaking lava in Hawaii right now - did you know? Let's have a chat about what's going down. This week interest in the volcano's become especially important because of the very active nature of Kilauea's contents - and therefore the surrounding area. Thanks to the the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) onboard NASA's Terra satellite, Hawaii's been given warning of the hotspots in the area surrounding the volcano. Today we get to see what the satellite's seen.

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