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NASA’s Juno time-lapse shows Jupiter’s gorgeous blue south pole

NASA’s Juno time-lapse shows Jupiter’s gorgeous blue south pole

There's no shortage of incredible images from NASA and its variety of spacecraft, and this week's stunning space picture is no exception. The space agency has published a series of images showing Jupiter's south pole in all of its blue glory, each one partially covered in darkness so that the planet's blue mass is only half-visible. The images are part of a time lapse sequence.

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NASA study highlights Antarctic ice flow changes

NASA study highlights Antarctic ice flow changes

NASA has completed a study that took massive amounts of satellite data to give a clear picture of how Antarctic ice flow into the ocean has changed. According to the study, the information gives the clearest picture yet of how ice loss is accelerating in the region. NASA says that the findings confirm that ice loss is accelerating from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

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NASA Opportunity rover celebrates its 5,000th Martian day

NASA Opportunity rover celebrates its 5,000th Martian day

Back in the summer of 2003, NASA launched a pair of Mars rovers named Opportunity and Spirit. Both landed on the Martian surface in January 2004, each designed for a mission that would last 90 Martian days (which are called sols). Both rovers managed to drastically outlive that 90-sol mission. Though Spirit became stuck in 2009, eventually losing communication with NASA, Opportunity lived on.

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Americans believe they’ll be happy if scientists discover aliens: study

Americans believe they’ll be happy if scientists discover aliens: study

Humanity has spent many years imaging scenarios in which extraterrestrial life is announced or spontaneously shows up on Earth for a visit. Many stories, comic books, and movies present narratives wrapped around this idea...and many of those stories are less than optimistic about the outcome. Americans, though, largely believe they'd be happy about an extraterrestrial discovery, at least according to a newly published study.

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NASA just broke a photography record with photos taken in Kuiper Belt

NASA just broke a photography record with photos taken in Kuiper Belt

Back in 2017, NASA published an image taken by the New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager, also called LORRI. That was the farthest-from-Earth image that had ever been taken by a spacecraft, breaking the last "farthest" record set by Voyager 1 about 27 years ago. Now New Horizons has just broke its own record, delivering a new "farthest" milestone image.

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NASA bio implant may slow muscle deterioration in astronauts

NASA bio implant may slow muscle deterioration in astronauts

NASA is experimenting with a bio implant that may help slow the rate of muscle deterioration in astronauts. The experiment involves rodents that spend time on the International Space Station and Earth, some with a placebo, others with a nano channel drug delivery chip. This chip delivers drugs to the animal's system, potentially helping reduce muscle loss experienced in low-gravity environments.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches Tesla car into space: Watch it all over again

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches Tesla car into space: Watch it all over again

Today we're having another look at the whole Falcon Heavy test flight from SpaceX again, in video form. This time we're watching the whole series of events jammed into a single 34-minute clip, chopped up in a way that makes the whole event as simply pleasing as possible. Don't be shocked when you find yourself unable to look away - things get real weird up in here.

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ISS spacewalk sets record but almost ends in disaster

ISS spacewalk sets record but almost ends in disaster

A space walk lasting over eight hours broke International Space Station records, but a technical glitch could have made the whole thing a waste of time. Russian cosmonauts spent eight hours and 13 minutes outside of the orbiting research platform on Friday, installing an upgrade to a key antenna with which the ISS communicates with Mission Control in Russia.

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Curiosity rover snaps selfie with Mars’ Mount Sharp before climb

Curiosity rover snaps selfie with Mars’ Mount Sharp before climb

NASA's Curiosity rover has called Mars home for years and it's work isn't done yet. The rover will soon start yet another investigative mission, this time climbing the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a mountain located in the Gale Crater. Ahead of starting its climb, though, Curiosity paused in the crater's rim to snap a selfie with the mountain featured in the background.

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Curiosity rover’s stunning new Mars panorama is unlike any other

Curiosity rover’s stunning new Mars panorama is unlike any other

We have no shortage of pictures taken on Mars thanks to NASA's hard work. You've no doubt seen many of them by now, possibly even large panoramas created by stitching many images together. Those images probably all looked similar: dusty and rocky with a distinct orange hue and, maybe, reddish soil. That's what makes Curiosity rover's latest panorama so stunning -- it looks nothing like the others.

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Dinosaur tracks found in sandstone on NASA’s Goddard campus

Dinosaur tracks found in sandstone on NASA’s Goddard campus

A newly published study sheds light on the slab of dinosaur tracks an expert discovered near the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center back in 2012. According to researchers, the sandstone slab contains a minimum of 70 tracks from dinosaurs and mammals, and they date back more than one million years. The entire slab was discovered after Ray Stanford, a dinosaur track expert in Maryland, spotted a nodosaur track on land in the Goddard Space Flight Center's campus.

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Mars’ global dust storms may have big effect on atmosphere loss

Mars’ global dust storms may have big effect on atmosphere loss

Every so often, Mars experiences a dust storm that spans the entire planet -- a global dust storm, one that may contribute to the loss of gas from the Red Planet's atmosphere. The possibility was discussed in a newly published study, which looked at data gathered by the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, also known as the MRO. The most recent global dust storm happened on Mars back in 2007.

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