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NASA’s RoboSimian robot destroyed during battery explosion

NASA’s RoboSimian robot destroyed during battery explosion

A NASA robot began smoking and then exploded earlier this year due to a faulty lithium-ion battery, marking the latest instance of this battery technology being, at times, less than stable. The affected robot was NASA's RoboSimian, which had its old battery swapped out for a new one. The battery was charging at the time of the explosion. No one -- except the robot, that is -- were injured.

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Cassini orbiter documents Saturn’s changing north pole

Cassini orbiter documents Saturn’s changing north pole

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found something very interesting about Saturn: the ringed planet's north polar region is changing color. When the spacecraft photographed Saturn's north pole in 2012, we saw images of a blue hexagon that stood out from the rest of the planet. Upon photographing the region again in 2016, that hexagon has changed to a gold color.

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Uranus may have two more tiny shepherd moons

Uranus may have two more tiny shepherd moons

Uranus may have two more (tiny) moons, researchers say, a potential discovery facilitated by the NASA Voyager 2 mission. According to the study, these two moons — assuming they exist — may be located close to Uranus’s rings. Both the alpha and beta rings show patterns that hint at the existence of these moons, with the patterns themselves hinting that whatever is causing the pattern is a reoccurring event.

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NASA (probably) found ESA’s lost Mars lander

NASA (probably) found ESA’s lost Mars lander

NASA has likely spotted the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli Mars test lander, which went missing after it failed to make the gentle landing ESA had anticipated. The lander was likely spotted in a new image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; in it, we see a dark spot on the Red Planet’s surface, as well as a light spot thought to be its parachute. All signs point toward the lander crashing into the surface and exploding upon impact.

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September 2016 marked 11 straight months of record-breaking warmth

September 2016 marked 11 straight months of record-breaking warmth

September 2016 set a new warmest-month record, bringing us to 11 consecutive months of increasing warmth since October 2015. NASA announced the news on Monday, saying last month was the warmest September observed in the last 136 years of record keeping. The month won its designation by what NASA calls a ‘razor-thin’ edge of only 0.004 degrees Celsius over the then-warmest September back in 2014.

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Voyager Golden Record is humanity’s soundtrack

Voyager Golden Record is humanity’s soundtrack

Back in 1977 NASA launched a pair of spacecraft called Voyager I and Voyager II. These spacecraft were meant to tour our entire solar system and then venture out into interstellar space. In fact, Voyager I became the first object made by humans to reach interstellar space back on 2013. One of the coolest things about Voyager I and II was that NASA put a record on the spacecrafts just in case ET ever found them.

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Hurricane Matthew wrecks NASA artifacts and buildings at Kennedy Space Center

Hurricane Matthew wrecks NASA artifacts and buildings at Kennedy Space Center

Hurricane Matthew was wreaking havoc in Florida over the weekend and part of the historic Space Coast where the Kennedy Space Center is located was hit by hurricane force winds. The most serious bit of damage to the facility and the public displays happened to the famous rocket garden at the site when the top a Thor-Delta booster fell off during the storm.

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NASA RASSOR rover digs for water, oxygen, and rocket fuel components

NASA RASSOR rover digs for water, oxygen, and rocket fuel components

NASA is working on a concept rover called the Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot or RASSOR. RASSOR is apparently pronounced "razor" giving it the cool sound that NASA seems to prefer when naming things. The goal of the rover is to help future missions to other planets overcome weight constraints by mining the surface of the planet for resources like water, oxygen, and rocket fuel components.

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Mercury joins Earth as tectonically active planet

Mercury joins Earth as tectonically active planet

NASA made a short but substantial announcement on Monday: Mercury is tectonically active, joining Earth as the second tectonically active planet located in our solar system. The realization was made thanks to research funded by NASA, which found that Mercury — which is small, hot, and shrinking, the space agency says — is continuing to contract, resulting in small fault scarps that are “geologically young" and serve as signs of tectonic activity.

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SpaceX Mars mission event: all the important details

SpaceX Mars mission event: all the important details

Today Elon Musk and his group of space magicians have explained how they'll make it possible for the everyday citizens to reach Mars in our lifetime. What we're doing here is running down some of the key details - all the important details, that is - for the common citizen. The citizen that plans on going to Mars as soon as possible, that is. The first item on our list that we'll be chopping up is the SpaceX timeline. It's ambitious, but very much within the realm of possibility for this forward-thinking company.

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NASA spies what may be plumes of water erupting on surface of Europa

NASA spies what may be plumes of water erupting on surface of Europa

Using the Hubble Space Telescope scientists have imaged what they think might be plumes of water erupting on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. This is the first direct finding to bolster other observations made using the Hubble that lead scientists to believe that Europa erupts with water plumes that throw water vapor high into the atmosphere of Europa. The big deal with this discovery is that it suggests that future missions to Europa might be able to gather samples of the subsurface ocean without having to drill through miles of ice.

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Destination: Mars uses Microsoft HoloLens to bring the Red Planet to life

Destination: Mars uses Microsoft HoloLens to bring the Red Planet to life

Visitors to the Kennedy Space Center Complex will get to walk on the surface of Mars thanks to some slick virtual reality features that take advantage of Microsoft HoloLens tech. The new experience is called Destination: Mars and it allows users to walk on Mars using real images from the Curiosity Rover. Destination: Mars is a Kennedy Space Center Visitor complex exclusive, will be located in a pop-up theater, and will be available for viewing through January 1, 2017.

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