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LEGO ISS International Space Station released for real

LEGO ISS International Space Station released for real

The LEGO Ideas ISS (International Space Station) was revealed as a build-ready, in-store, consumer-ready set this week. This build was made on the micro-level, which means it's got a pair of 2 astronaut microfigures that'll live in the base of the set near its user-built stand. This system is both incredibly detailed and surprisingly simple - an instant classic, for sure.

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NASA says goodbye to the Spitzer Space Telescope after 16-years

NASA says goodbye to the Spitzer Space Telescope after 16-years

NASA has been using the Spitzer Space Telescope to study the heavens for over a decade and a half. The space agency is now ready to retire Spitzer and is celebrating the successful 16-year mission of the telescope. A live program will be hosted at 10 am PST Wednesday, January 22, to celebrate Spitzer.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon escape test success could lead to Spring crewed flight

SpaceX Crew Dragon escape test success could lead to Spring crewed flight

By now, SpaceX is quite famous for launching rockets that land safely back on earth to be reused again. Last Sunday, however, it let a Falcon 9 rocket explode and actually got congratulated for it. That's really because the expensive rocket wasn't the focus of the launch. Instead, SpaceX was testing the Crew Dragon's escape system that could hopefully save even more precious lives when the capsule does make its first manned flight in a few months.

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NASA project envisions space houses made out of fungus

NASA project envisions space houses made out of fungus

NASA's Ames Research Center in California is developing and testing prototype technologies that may enable future explorers to 'grow' their own houses for use in Moon and Mars colonies. The system would involve the mycelia produced by a fungus -- the white thread-like structures that grow underground before eventually producing the fruits we refer to as mushrooms. These technologies also have the potential for creating sustainable structures on Earth.

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NASA says 2019 was the second warmest year ever recorded

NASA says 2019 was the second warmest year ever recorded

Last year was the second warmest recorded year since humans started keeping track of global temperatures in the late 1800s, according to a joint release from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The space agency says that it and NOAA conducted independent analyses of the data and both came to the same conclusion. At this point in time, the only hotter year on record is 2016, meaning the last half-decade has officially been the warmest in 140 years.

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NASA tests VIPER lunar rover to prepare for future water mission

NASA tests VIPER lunar rover to prepare for future water mission

At its Glenn Researcher Center in Cleveland, NASA researchers tested a rover called 'VIPER' that will be used to search for water ice at the Moon's south pole. The robot is officially called the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover; it is around the size of an ordinary golf cart, according to the space agency, and it was designed by engineers with NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas.

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These are NASA’s newest astronauts

These are NASA’s newest astronauts

NASA has revealed its newest astronauts, the future crews for missions to the Moon and, eventually, Mars. Eleven new additions have been made to NASA's exclusive ranks, though even then the total number of active astronauts cleared for crewed missions remains small.

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Hubble Space Telescope detects smallest dark matter clumps ever

Hubble Space Telescope detects smallest dark matter clumps ever

NASA has announced that the Hubble Space Telescope has detected the smallest known dark matter clumps using a new observation technique. The technique has confirmed that dark matter forms much smaller clumps than previously known. NASA says that the result confirms a fundamental prediction of the "cold dark matter" theory.

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NASA Artemis rocket takes same ferry trip as Apollo 11

NASA Artemis rocket takes same ferry trip as Apollo 11

This week NASA loaded their first Artemis mission Space Launch System (SLS) Rocket Core Stage onboard the Pegasus barge in New Orleans. This stage of the hardware needed for Artemis was loaded onboard the barge on January 8th with plans to deliver to NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. This ferry journey mimics that of the NASA Apollo missions in the 1960s and 1970s.

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NASA’s TESS discovers first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone

NASA’s TESS discovers first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone

NASA has used the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) to find exoplanets since the mission launched. The goal is to discover exoplanets that might be orbiting stars in their habitable zone to search for habitable worlds and potentially extraterrestrial life. TESS has found its first Earth-sized planet that is in a star's habitable zone.

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NASA and Boeing will form a team to investigate Starliner glitch

NASA and Boeing will form a team to investigate Starliner glitch

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has published an update on the failed Boeing Orbital Flight Test, revealing that the space agency is working with the private company to launch a joint independent team to investigate what went wrong. The people on this team will be tasked with looking into the problems that led to the Orbital Test Flight issue and with making recommendations to help protect future launches.

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NASA says its tiny ASTERIA spacecraft has lost contact with Earth

NASA says its tiny ASTERIA spacecraft has lost contact with Earth

ASTERIA, a tiny satellite launched in April 2017 to help study planets outside of our solar system, has lost contact with its human operators on Earth, according to NASA. The spacecraft was last heard from on December 5; subsequent attempts to contact the briefcase-sized satellite have proven unsuccessful, leaving only weeks before the space agency gives up.

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