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NASA says comet C/2019 Q4 is an interstellar visitor

NASA says comet C/2019 Q4 is an interstellar visitor

Scientists are excited about a newly discovered comet that is dubbed Comet C/2019 Q4 as the comet appears to have originated from outside the solar system. The comet was discovered on August 30, 2019, by Gennady Borisov from the MARGO observatory in Nauchnij, Crimea. As of now, there has been no official confirmation that comet C/2019 Q4 is an interstellar comet.

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NASA snaps photo of a violent icy avalanche on Mars

NASA snaps photo of a violent icy avalanche on Mars

Mars is home to a dusty landscape painted with orange and brown hues, pocked with craters, and adorned with a variety of hills and mountains. Depending on where you look, Mars is also home to numerous sheer cliffs that look like long striations when captured from a distance and like near-vertical rock walls when snapped by the Martian rover. One of the latest images of these cliffs includes a clearly visible avalanche.

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Two black holes are feasting more frantically – and one is close to Earth

Two black holes are feasting more frantically – and one is close to Earth

Scientists have detailed two different studies this week involving black holes, one that focuses on the black hole located at the center of our galaxy, another that is located in the center of a galaxy located millions of light-years away. Though they're located far apart, these two black holes have something in common: they're both hungry as evidenced by their unusual consumption habits. Researchers with UCLA say the black hole at the center of our galaxy is having a 'big feast' unlike anything previously observed.

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NASA finds first super-Earth exoplanet with water vapor in habitable zone

NASA finds first super-Earth exoplanet with water vapor in habitable zone

NASA has announced that for the first time, Hubble Space Telescope has discovered an exoplanet with water vapor that exists within the habitable zone of its star. The exoplanet has been named K2-18b and it is located outside of our solar system. Because the planet's atmosphere contains water vapor and it's located within the habitable zone, there may be bodies of liquid water located on the surface.

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NASA was watching a ferocious supernova, but what it spotted was even stranger

NASA was watching a ferocious supernova, but what it spotted was even stranger

While observing a large supernova in the 'Fireworks' galaxy, researchers accidentally captured imagery of a brief, bright spot in the same galaxy that didn't originate from the supernova. This spot wasn't visible in the initial NASA NuSTAR observation but was spied a little over a week later in a followup observation by the space agency's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

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AIDA team-up aims to test asteroid deflection

AIDA team-up aims to test asteroid deflection

Asteroid researchers and spacecraft designers are meeting up in Rome next week to discuss a common goal of a double spacecraft mission to deflect an asteroid in space. The scientists want to prove if their technique is a viable method of planetary defense against asteroids. The mission is known as Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment or AIDA.

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International Space Station gets 600 Mbps data rate upgrade

International Space Station gets 600 Mbps data rate upgrade

The International Space Station has received a 600 Mbps data rate upgrade, according to NASA, enabling astronauts and control centers on Earth to communicate at faster rates. The upgrade doubles the ISS's data rate, making it possible to conduct new types of tech demonstrations and scientific experiments that come with more demanding data requirements. This upgrade will also play an important role in communication capabilities for the future Gateway station.

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NASA will test quiet supersonic jet using 30-mile-long microphone array

NASA will test quiet supersonic jet using 30-mile-long microphone array

Quiet supersonic jets may one day fly over land to offer faster commercial and passenger flights. Before that can happen, however, the FAA will need to establish new rules regarding these typically noisy flights. To help usher in that era, NASA plans to test Lockheed Martin's X-59 QueSST, an experimental supersonic jet that produces a 'thump' instead of a 'boom,' something the space agency will verify using a microphone array that is 30 miles long.

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NASA video shows Hurricane Dorian from the International Space Station

NASA video shows Hurricane Dorian from the International Space Station

NASA has shared a video showing Hurricane Dorian as seen from the International Space Station. The storm was captured as it 'churned over the Atlantic Ocean,' according to the space agency, which caught views of the hurricane during the early afternoon on August 29. In addition to sharing the video on YouTube, NASA is also making the footage available for the public to download.

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Engineers attach NASA Mars Helicopter to Mars 2020 Rover

Engineers attach NASA Mars Helicopter to Mars 2020 Rover

NASA has announced that engineers have attached the Mars Helicopter to the belly of the Mars 2020 rover. The Mars Helicopter will be the first aircraft to fly on another planet. The helicopter was attached to the rover in the High Bay 1 cleanroom.

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NASA says James Webb Space Telescope has been assembled following delay

NASA says James Webb Space Telescope has been assembled following delay

Experts reached a new milestone at the Northrop Grumman's facilities in California recently, according to NASA, which reports that the James Webb Space Telescope was successfully assembled for the first time. This work involved connecting two halves of the telescope, a process that required lifting the part of the telescope featuring the instruments and mirrors and placing it on the spacecraft and sunshield.

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NASA Mars 2020 ‘Name the Rover’ essay contest is now open

NASA Mars 2020 ‘Name the Rover’ essay contest is now open

Starting today, kindergarten through high school students located in the United States can submit essays to NASA's 'Name the Rover' contest. The space agency is soliciting name suggestions for its Mars 2020 rover, which will be launched for its mission to Mars next year. The contest will be open to students until November 1 and the final selection will be revealed early next year.

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