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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 Fermi images see the moon as brighter than the Sun

NASA Fermi images see the moon as brighter than the Sun

We all know that in visible light, the moon in much, much dimmer than the Sun. If you look at the Sun directly, you risk harming your vision permanently from its brightness. We all stare at the moon, and no one has ever gone blind from the brightness of the moon. However, if humans were able to see gamma rays, the moon would look brighter than the Sun in images.

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Jupiter collided with a protoplanet early in its life say scientists

Jupiter collided with a protoplanet early in its life say scientists

Scientists studying Jupiter have been trying to figure out why the planet has such strange gravitational readings. The readings suggest to scientists that the core of the planet is much less dense and more extended than expected. Scientists now have a theory on what caused the strange readings for the planet.

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James Webb Space Telescope might be ready to study quickly

James Webb Space Telescope might be ready to study quickly

Astronomers at the University of Washington have been using the exoplanet system known as TRAPPIST-1 as a laboratory, not for studying the planets in the system itself, but for learning how the James Webb Space Telescope might detect and study the atmospheres of the planets in the system. The study was led by Jacob Lusting-Yaeger and found that the James Webb telescope might be able to learn information about the atmospheres of planets in TRAPPIST-1 in its first year of operation.

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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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Our galaxy’s supermassive black hole is acting weirder than normal

Our galaxy’s supermassive black hole is acting weirder than normal

The supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy has become unexpectedly active, with astronomers generally puzzled as to why Sagittarius A* has suddenly lit up with extreme brightness. Almost 26,000 light years from Earth, Sagittarius A* - or Sgr A* - is typically fairly restrained as supermassive black holes go, but this past summer that has all been flipped.

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Scientists develop virtual universe machine to study galaxy formation

Scientists develop virtual universe machine to study galaxy formation

Scientists and astronomers have been studying how galaxies form for a long time and have a new tool to try and figure out how formation happens. A team from the University of Arizona is closer to answering those questions thanks to a new computer simulation they have developed. One challenge for researchers is that studying real galaxies only gives a snapshot in time.

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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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Astronomers have found the farthest “cloaked” black hole ever

Astronomers have found the farthest “cloaked” black hole ever

NASA has announced that astronomers have discovered evidence of the farthest "cloaked" black hole that has been discovered so far. The discovery was made using the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The astronomers have pegged the cloaked black hole at only 6% of the current age of the universe.

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NASA shows off a beautiful new image of Jupiter

NASA shows off a beautiful new image of Jupiter

NASA is showing off a new image of Jupiter that was snapped with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope that shows intricate details of the clouds in Jupiter's atmosphere. The image seen here was snapped on June 27, 2019. In the image, we can see the iconic Gret Red Spot that is a giant storm that has been raging on Jupiter for many decades.

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Curiosity’s new Teal Ridge panorama shows off dusty Mars landscape

Curiosity’s new Teal Ridge panorama shows off dusty Mars landscape

NASA's Curiosity rover, the machine that landed on Mars seven years ago, has sent back to Earth a series of images compiled into a bright high-resolution panorama. Prominently featured in the 360-degree image, which NASA recently shared as an interactive video, is the Red Planet's Teal Ridge surrounded by the dusty, barren Mars landscape.

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