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NASA’s X-57 electric plane is one big step closer to takeoff

NASA’s X-57 electric plane is one big step closer to takeoff

NASA has shown off its first all-electric plane prototype, with the X-57 Maxwell previewing a commuter aircraft that could one day be quieter, more efficient, and greener to operate than existing planes. It's the US space agency's first crewed X-plane in two decades, and its first all-electric aircraft, and though it's not intended to go into space the longer-term implications of the X-57 could be just as significant.

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Mercury’s rare Sun transit will happen on Monday: Here’s how to watch

Mercury’s rare Sun transit will happen on Monday: Here’s how to watch

On Monday, November 11, Mercury will make a rare transit between the Earth and the Sun, something that will look like the planet skating past our star from our perspective on Earth. According to NASA, this transit only takes place around 13 times every century; the next pass won't happen until the year 2032. Most people on Earth will be able to witness the pass, though seeing it for yourself will be a bit tricky.

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Boeing reveals why one of its Starliner parachutes failed to deploy

Boeing reveals why one of its Starliner parachutes failed to deploy

Earlier this week, NASA and Boeing successfully tested the private space company's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft during a pad abort test, which was intended to make sure the spacecraft's systems would function properly in the event of an emergency during launch. The test was declared a success, but the event wasn't perfect: one of the three parachutes that lowered the capsule failed to deploy, leaving only two to save the spacecraft.

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Watch NASA put the newly-assembled Mars 2020 Rover into vacuum testing

Watch NASA put the newly-assembled Mars 2020 Rover into vacuum testing

NASA's 2020 Rover for the Mission to Mars may be standing on its own six wheels these days, but that doesn't mean it's quite ready to blast off to the red planet. Having celebrated the milestone of being fully-assembled last month, the 2020 Rover has now headed into a Mars Simulation Chamber to see how it might handle conditions there.

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Two new climate change studies just made hugely ominous predictions

Two new climate change studies just made hugely ominous predictions

Climate change caused by humans is having a huge impact on the Amazon rainforest and the last glaciers to succumb to melting, as new NASA data highlights the potentially catastrophic rising temperatures affecting Earth. Although observations of possible climate change-related events have been underway for years now, new findings paint a concerning picture of how some of the biggest ecosystems on the planet are struggling.

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NASA opens moon samples collected decades ago

NASA opens moon samples collected decades ago

Decades ago, NASA astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt were part of the Apollo 17 mission to the moon. As part of their duties, they gathered samples from the moon by driving a 4cm wide tube into the Moon's surface. The samples have remained in the container for over 40 years. As part of the NASA Apollo Next-Generation Sample Analysis (ANGSA) initiative, the sample is being opened and studied using tools that weren't available when they were first collected.

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Boeing submits Human Lander System for NASA’s Artemis moon missions

Boeing submits Human Lander System for NASA’s Artemis moon missions

Today in Houston, Texas, Boeing announced that they'd officially submitted a proposal to NASA as part of the Artemis space program. The Boeing submission today was for an integrated Human Lander System (HLS) that'll bring astronauts to our Earth's moon, then back up again to lunar orbit. Boeing's proposal emphasized a "Fewest Steps to the Moon" approach with NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) Block 1B.

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NASA’s TESS shows off a gorgeous panorama of the southern sky

NASA’s TESS shows off a gorgeous panorama of the southern sky

NASA has unveiled a large and awe-inspiring panoramic photo that was taken by the TESS spacecraft. The panoramic image was constructed using 208 images that TESS has taken during the first year of science operations that completed on July 18. NASA says that the image shows both the beauty of the cosmos and the reach of the TESS cameras.

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NASA’s TESS mission shares massive circular mosaic of the southern sky

NASA’s TESS mission shares massive circular mosaic of the southern sky

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has produced a giant new image of the southern sky, something constructed from more than 200 images captured during the mission's first year. According to the space agency, the panorama includes 29 of the exoplanets that were discovered by TESS, as well as more than 1,000 candidate planets that may join those 29.

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Astronauts on the ISS can bake cookies in space for the first time

Astronauts on the ISS can bake cookies in space for the first time

NASA says the Cygnus cargo spacecraft launched over the weekend has successfully docked with the International Space Station. Amid the cargo contained on this vessel is a special oven and cookie dough that brings a special new capability to the ISS: the ability to bake chocolate chip cookies. The experiment comes from DoubleTree by Hilton and Zero G Kitchen.

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New NASA Curiosity photos give a stunningly atmospheric view of Mars

New NASA Curiosity photos give a stunningly atmospheric view of Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover may not be on Mars primarily to act as a roving photographer, but that hasn't stopped it from sending back some seriously atmospheric shots of the red planet. The latest batch of images from Curiosity arrived over the weekend, and they show a haunting vista of the Martian terrain the rover plans to explore.

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Watch Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft dramatically ace its pad abort test

Watch Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft dramatically ace its pad abort test

Boeing aced the crew escape test of its Starliner spacecraft this morning, with the pod earmarked to eventually take astronauts to the International Space Station and beyond demonstrating NASA's vital safety system. The test is designed to simulate a launch pad emergency, shifting the Starliner away from the Atlas V launch rocket to keep the human occupants inside safe.

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