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This bizarrely light material could help terraform Mars

This bizarrely light material could help terraform Mars

Ultra-lightweight materials and intentionally triggering the greenhouse effect could be the key to terraforming Mars, a team of researchers have suggested, using silica aerogels to potentially build huge biospheres served with liquid water. The red planet has a surprising store of ice locked away under its surface, but tapping into that solid reservoir has presented a headache to human colonization plans.

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NASA funds Archinaut One to 3D print spacecraft components in space

NASA funds Archinaut One to 3D print spacecraft components in space

Space exploration missions and rocket launches may be exciting but they're also terribly expensive. Companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin are in a race to make launching spacecraft cheaper by reusing rockets but that's just one aspect of the whole business. Assembling spaceships themselves takes up not just time and money but also space. One possible solution would be to 3D print the parts that make up a spacecraft and not on Earth but in outer space directly.

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NASA makes a plan to keep Voyager 1 and 2 operating

NASA makes a plan to keep Voyager 1 and 2 operating

Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are the oldest operating spacecraft that NASA has with the spacecraft operating for nearly 42 years. Both spacecraft launched in 1977 and as the years have gone buy they have less and less power to run scientific instruments and heaters to keep the components warm and working in the vastness of space. The challenge for engineers at NASA is in deciding what instruments get power and which don't over time.

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Mars 2020 SuperCam instrument has been installed

Mars 2020 SuperCam instrument has been installed

Engineers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA have installed a critical instrument on the Mars 2020 rover. The instrument is the SuperCam Mast Unit. SuperCam has several components including a camera, laser, and spectrometers that can identify the chemical and mineral makeup of targets as small as a pencil point from a distance of more than 20-feet.

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Hubble and Spitzer team to identify exoplanet atmosphere

Hubble and Spitzer team to identify exoplanet atmosphere

Two of NASA's space telescopes have teamed up to identify, for the first time, the chemical fingerprint of a planet between the sizes of Earth and Neptune. The planet the two teamed up to analyze is Gliese 3470 b known as GJ 3470 b, and the planet is thought to be a cross between Neptune and Earth.

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Hubble celebrates 4th of July with celestial fireworks

Hubble celebrates 4th of July with celestial fireworks

The Hubble space telescope is still orbiting and looking at the incredible events that are happening in the universe around us. With the 4th of July celebration kicking off tomorrow, NASA is celebrating the holiday by showing us an incredible image of a giant firework in the vastness of space. The image here was captured using the Hubble Wide Field Camera 3 and maps the UV glow of magnesium embedded in warm gas, which is shown in blue, of Eta Carinae.

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Orion spacecraft launch abort system test was a success

Orion spacecraft launch abort system test was a success

NASA tested a critical component of the Orion spacecraft this week with the Ascent Abort-2 flight test at Cape Canaveral. The test lasted about three minutes and used a test version of the Orion crew module. The Orion was pushed into the sky to an altitude of 6-miles atop a modified Peacekeeper missile that was procured through the U.S. Air Force and built by Northrop Grumman.

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NASA’s InSight uncovers “mole” probe

NASA’s InSight uncovers “mole” probe

NASA has run into an issue on the surface of Mars with one of the instruments on the InSight probe. The instrument is part of a tool called the "Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package" but is informally known as the mole. Mole possibly hit rock shortly after deployment in March and has been sitting unable to dig since then.

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Mars 2020 rover gets its impressive robotic arm

Mars 2020 rover gets its impressive robotic arm

The Mars 2020 rover has gained its robotic arm, with NASA fitting the SUV-sized robotic explorer with the primary tool with which it will perform experiments on the red planet. The new milestone comes shortly after the rover was shod with its six wheels for the first time, as the countdown to its 2020 launch nears.

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NASA restored Apollo 11 Mission Control and the detail is incredible

NASA restored Apollo 11 Mission Control and the detail is incredible

With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, NASA has restored the Mission Control Center responsible for shepherding Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the lunar surface. Named a National Historic Landmark back in 1985, the facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston has been painstakingly returned to how it would have looked five decades ago, when space fervor was at its height.

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TESS finds a small planet that sizes between Earth and Mars

TESS finds a small planet that sizes between Earth and Mars

NASA's TESS spacecraft has been finding exoplanets frequently since it began operations. TESS, or Transitioning Exoplanet Survey Satellite, has now discovered the smallest planet it has ever found. The tiny world is called L 98-59b and orbits a distant star along with two other planets dubbed L 98-59c and L 98-59d.

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NASA announces 2026 mission to explore Saturn’s moon Titan

NASA announces 2026 mission to explore Saturn’s moon Titan

NASA has announced the next destination in its space exploration effort: Saturn's icy moon Titan. The mission will kick off in 2026 with the launch of the Dragonfly rotorcraft-lander. Due to a combination of low gravity and a dense atmosphere, NASA says Dragonfly will be able to investigate zones of different locations on the moon.

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