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With physics and some clever tech, NASA’s solar probe survives a star

With physics and some clever tech, NASA’s solar probe survives a star

As surviving inhospitable trips go, NASA's Parker Solar Probe having to withstand more than a million degrees Fahrenheit as it approaches the Sun seems on paper like an insurmountable challenge. Turns out, though, a mere 4.5-inch thick solar shield is all the spacecraft needs, as NASA has explained.

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NASA shows off incredibly clear images of Saturn’s moon Titan

NASA shows off incredibly clear images of Saturn’s moon Titan

NASA has published six different images taken of Saturn's very interesting moon Titan. The images represent some of the most seamless-looking global views of the surface of the icy moon ever produced. The super clear images were created using 13-years of data captured by the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) on the Cassini spacecraft.

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Ceres’ salty bright spots revealed in stunning detail

Ceres’ salty bright spots revealed in stunning detail

It has been a couple years since we last heard anything interesting about dwarf planet Ceres' mysterious bright spots. First spied in early 2015 as tiny specks of bright light, NASA published progressively larger images of these bright specks over many months, each giving us a slightly better glimpse of the shiny regions. This week brings a new batch of these images, ones that show the spots with striking detail.

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Rare near-Earth binary asteroid features two massive space rocks

Rare near-Earth binary asteroid features two massive space rocks

In December 2017, the Cadi Ayyad University Morocco Oukaimeden Sky Survey discovered a space object dubbed 2017 YES. Not much was known about the object at that time, but thanks to some of the world's biggest radio telescopes, we now have an answer: it is a binary asteroid. According to NASA, which has published a GIF of the actual asteroids, this is one of only four near-Earth binary asteroids with similar masses ever spotted.

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NASA details ‘spiders’ on Mars with crazy new photo

NASA details ‘spiders’ on Mars with crazy new photo

NASA has released an image showing "spiders" on Mars, small darks spots on the reddish landscape with tendrils one could easily perceive as tiny legs. The marks were captured by the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in mid-May at Mars' south pole during the planet's winter season. The "spiders" make their appearance as the season turns to spring, dotting the terrain.

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Boeing, SpaceX delays have NASA scrambling for crew contingency plan

Boeing, SpaceX delays have NASA scrambling for crew contingency plan

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report detailing the NASA Commercial Crew Program and delays its two contracted companies, Boeing and SpaceX, are experiencing. Both space companies are behind schedule, with the report revealing that NASA anticipates Boeing being slightly closer to completion than SpaceX.

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Russian Progress resupply mission docks with ISS hours after launch

Russian Progress resupply mission docks with ISS hours after launch

The ISS had a resupply mission recently that lifted off in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz-2.1a booster. The resupply mission was Progress MS-09. About nine minutes after liftoff, the three-stage rocket released the Progress MS-09 spacecraft to continue its trip to the ISS.

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NASA’s lost Apollo moon heat probe data: True science is real boring

NASA’s lost Apollo moon heat probe data: True science is real boring

Today we're having a peek at the recovery of recordings of heat data from NASA's Apollo moon missions in 1971 and 1972. A study published just this week explored data from probes installed on our Earth's Moon during those missions, revealing heat sensor data for the first time ever, publicly. The study is at once both engaging and boring, inspiring and entirely unspectacular. Let's talk about why all of this is good.

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Airbus Fetch Rover could return Mars rocks to Earth

Airbus Fetch Rover could return Mars rocks to Earth

The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA are working together to get specs for a rover that could one day cruise the surface of Mars. Aircraft maker Airbus is conducting feasibility studies on a rover called the "fetch rover." This concept rover is meant o be able to mine Martian rocks and send it back to Earth for hands-on study.

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NASA Kepler spacecraft very low on fuel, put into hibernation mode

NASA Kepler spacecraft very low on fuel, put into hibernation mode

NASA has announced that its Kepler team has put the spacecraft into a state similar to hibernation. The decision to put Kepler into the hibernation-like state was due to a recent "indication" that it is "very low" on fuel. During this low-power state, the space agency's team will prepare to download scientific data gathered by the spacecraft, after which point it may continue onto a new mission.

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Mars’ global dust storm size visualized in new animation

Mars’ global dust storm size visualized in new animation

A new animation helps us visualize just how massive the Mars dust storm is. This storm, which obscured the Sun and resulted in NASA's Opportunity rover going into a deep sleep, at one point was "only" as big as North America. In the weeks following that detail, NASA continued to update the public on this storm's size, using countries as a reference. A new image, though, shows us exactly how much of the Red Planet is covered by this storm.

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This is how NASA’s Sun probe will survive 2,500F temperatures

This is how NASA’s Sun probe will survive 2,500F temperatures

An eight-foot wide slice of foam with a few special layers will be all that's protecting NASA's Parker Solar Probe as it braves almost 2,500 degree Fahrenheit temperatures in the Sun's corona. The spacecraft isn't set to launch until August of this year, but it has already gained one of its most important features.

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