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Hubble discovery could change our understanding of neutron star evolution

Hubble discovery could change our understanding of neutron star evolution

Despite its many years of service, the Hubble Space Telescope is still helping astronomers and scientists to understand the universe. Hubble has discovered features around a neutron star that have never been seen before leaving scientists trying to figure out what has been discovered. Hubble found an unusual infrared light emission around a nearby neutron star.

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NASA TESS shares first science photograph

NASA TESS shares first science photograph

NASA has a new planet-hunting tool in orbit called Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or TESS. TESS is in orbit specifically to search for new worlds beyond our solar system or exoplanets. The satellite has completed its first orbit and part of the data from that first orbit includes this detailed image of the southern sky taken with the quartet of wide-field cameras TESS fields.

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NASA ADEPT foldable “umbrella” shields spacecraft from intense heat

NASA ADEPT foldable “umbrella” shields spacecraft from intense heat

NASA has unveiled a new umbrella-shaped heat shield called Adaptable Deployable Entry Placement Technology, a device capable of folding during transport. Thanks to this design, which NASA describes as "game-changing," the space agency may one day be able to deliver large heat shields that, when fully expanded, are wider than the diameter of the rocket transporting it.

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NASA increases Opportunity rover recovery effort as sunlight returns

NASA increases Opportunity rover recovery effort as sunlight returns

NASA is ramping up its Opportunity rover recovery efforts, revealing that its latest data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows an increasing amount of sunlight reaching the vehicle. Given the additional sunlight, NASA says its Opportunity team has started sending a greater number of commands to the rover -- instead of sending these commands only three times a week, the scientists are now sending commands multiple times every day.

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NASA considers letting corporations put brand names on rockets

NASA considers letting corporations put brand names on rockets

During the second public meeting of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC), NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine presented the topic of rocket naming rights and similar options for corporations. Under such an idea, assuming it is ever implemented, private companies may have the opportunity to slap their logo on a rocket, associate their brands with space missions, and even offer products with astronaut endorsements.

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NASA Curiosity rover finds Mars rocks that are too hard to drill

NASA Curiosity rover finds Mars rocks that are too hard to drill

Mars' global dust storm is abating and skies are clearing. NASA's Curiosity rover, the one that is still operational, has sent back a panorama of its position on the planet, including a rare look at some of its instruments (which are covered in a layer of dust). Researchers say the rover has encountered a mystery on the Red Planet, as well: rocks that are too hard for its drill to bore into. Two attempts at drilling the rocks have failed.

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Russia suspects sabotage in Soyuz ISS air leak

Russia suspects sabotage in Soyuz ISS air leak

Russia is investigating potential sabotage of its Soyuz rocket, after evidence that a drill was responsible for the hole spotted at the International Space Station was unearthed. Astronauts in orbit resorted to using epoxy to seal the hole late last week, with the incident first blamed on a meteorite strike.

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NASA launches sweet contest to convert carbon dioxide to glucose

NASA launches sweet contest to convert carbon dioxide to glucose

NASA wants people to help it to build the technology that will be needed to support putting humans on Mars. Part of that tech is devising a way to use the natural resources on Mars to make the things humans need to survive and live on the planet. One of the most abundant resources on Mars is carbon dioxide.

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NASA forms Opportunity rover rescue plan as Mars dust storm abates

NASA forms Opportunity rover rescue plan as Mars dust storm abates

NASA has issued its latest update on the Mars dust storm impacting one of its two Martian rovers, Opportunity. According to the space agency, researchers continue to see signs that the global dust storm is calming down. NASA expects enough sunlight will soon make its way to Opportunity rover for it to recharge its batteries, but questions remain over whether it's in any condition to do so.

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These stunning images of Saturn’s auroras are groundbreaking

These stunning images of Saturn’s auroras are groundbreaking

Striking new images from the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed the vast auroras fluttering atop its North Pole, the best shots ever captured of the glowing halo. The new images are in fact an amalgamation of seven months of capture by Hubble, and are already giving astronomers the opportunity for new insights into the light shows.

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NASA details repair of small ISS leak caused by micrometeoroid

NASA details repair of small ISS leak caused by micrometeoroid

Early this morning, astronauts on the International Space Station learned about a small leak impacting cabin pressure. The leak, which is thought to be the result of a micrometeoroid, is described as not being life threatening. In a statement, NASA explained that flight controllers in both Houston and Moscow noticed signs of the issue yesterday evening.

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NASA New Horizons spacecraft spots Ultima Thule target for the first time

NASA New Horizons spacecraft spots Ultima Thule target for the first time

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has spotted Ultima Thule, the nickname given to its target in the Kuiper Belt, for the first time. The spacecraft isn't scheduled to arrive until New Year's 2019, but has snapped images of the object four months ahead of time, giving humanity a fuzzy, bright glimpse of the destination.

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