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Watch NASA’s fiery Orion launch abort system ace its latest test

Watch NASA’s fiery Orion launch abort system ace its latest test

NASA's Artemis 2 mission is one step closer to launch, with the Orion spacecraft acing another fiery pre-takeoff test as it prepares to carry astronauts into space. Due to launch sometime by 2023, Artemis 2 will be the US space agency's deepest manned trip into the solar system so far, and as you'd expect NASA is taking no chances when it comes to safety.

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NASA BIG Idea Challenge seeks tech to explore Moon’s darkest areas

NASA BIG Idea Challenge seeks tech to explore Moon’s darkest areas

NASA wants to explore the darkest regions of the Moon, but it'll need technology that enables it to study these areas. To expedite the development of those exploration tools, NASA has announced its latest BIG Idea Challenge, one that asks university teams to submit proposals detailing their ideas for technology that would enable this type of Moon activity.

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New rocky exoplanet with three red suns discovered

New rocky exoplanet with three red suns discovered

NASA has announced that a new exoplanet has been discovered and the new exoplanet is called LTT 1445 A b. It was discovered using data from the TESS space telescope. A team from the Harvard Center for Astrophysics discovered the system when looking through TESS data. The team says that LTT 1445 A b is likely a rocky world and its orbits its parent star very quickly needing only five days for an orbit.

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NASA asks US space companies to step up for Artemis cargo runs

NASA asks US space companies to step up for Artemis cargo runs

NASA is seeking American space companies that will make cargo runs to the lunar Gateway as part of the space agency's Artemis program. In a statement this week, NASA revealed that it has issued a Request for Proposals, which will give these companies a chance to propose their services for delivering supplies, science experiments, and cargo destined for the Moon.

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Ancient Mars had periods of warm weather and flowing water

Ancient Mars had periods of warm weather and flowing water

Scientists are studying Mars intently and know that in its distant past, the planet had water. The question the scientists want to answer is was the water that was present on the Red Planted frozen in ice, or was it liquid and flowing. Warm conditions would make life more likely.

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NASA confirms Europa Clipper mission’s next phase

NASA confirms Europa Clipper mission’s next phase

NASA has announced that it has confirmed the next phase of the Europa Clipper mission is going to happen. The decision allows the mission to progress to completion of a final design. After the final design is completed, the construction and testing phase of the mission will commence.

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NASA details big LHS 3844b exoplanet covered in dark lava rock

NASA details big LHS 3844b exoplanet covered in dark lava rock

NASA has published a study detailing a rocky exoplanet called LHS 3844b discovered last December by the space agency's Transiting Exoplanet Satellite Survey (TESS) mission. This planet is located 48.6 light-years from our planet and has a mass about 1.3 times greater than that of Earth. According to the study, LHS 3844b doesn't have an atmosphere and its surface is likely covered by dark, cool lava rock.

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NASA chooses two smallsat proposals for deep space science

NASA chooses two smallsat proposals for deep space science

NASA has announced that it has selected a pair of proposals to demonstrate the small satellite technologies that are aimed at improving science observations in deep space. The goal for the proposals is to improve observations to allow NASA to develop models to predict space weather events that can impact astronauts and spacecraft.

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NASA installs rock-sampling toolkit on Mars 2020 rover

NASA installs rock-sampling toolkit on Mars 2020 rover

NASA continues work on its Mars 2020 rover, a vehicle that will be launched on its mission to the Red Planet next summer. Ahead of that launch, the space agency says its scientists are working hard to ensure the rover is ready to land and acquire samples from the planet's surface that'll eventually be returned to Earth. A key part of that sampling system has been installed on the rover.

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NASA reveals four best Bennu sites for collecting asteroid sample

NASA reveals four best Bennu sites for collecting asteroid sample

NASA plans to take a sample from the asteroid Bennu next year, but it must choose the best spot for the mission before it instructs its spacecraft to descend. In an announcement this week, NASA revealed the final four candidate sites it has selected for this sample mission, each of which has been named and will be studied over the next four months.

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Asteroid Bennu’s unique features will be named after mythological birds

Asteroid Bennu’s unique features will be named after mythological birds

Bennu, the asteroid currently being explored by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, will have its various features named after mythological birds and 'bird-like creatures,' according to NASA. The decision was made by the International Astronomical Union Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature and NASA. A variety of features on the asteroid will be named, including craters, rocks, boulders, trenches, grooves, ridges, and peaks.

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NASA’s tiny steam-powered CubeSats successfully ‘talk’ in space

NASA’s tiny steam-powered CubeSats successfully ‘talk’ in space

NASA currently has two tiny CubeSats located in low-Earth orbit, both powered by steam and about the size of an ordinary tissue box. These small satellites recently established a link with each other while miles apart, ultimately resulting in one CubeSat successfully instructing the other on how to maneuver itself.

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