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Saturn’s moon Titan also has dust storms

Saturn’s moon Titan also has dust storms

Contrary to what most of us may have imagined as kids, the planets in our solar system aren’t all just spheres of solid rock. Some are completely gaseous, others may be liquid. Their moons are just as varied in composition and behavior. Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, is strangely one of the few members of our neighborhood that has some similarities to our own Earth. Now scientists may have discovered yet another similarity. Titan, just like Earth and Mars, may actually have dust storms.

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This NASA space laser has climate change in its sights

This NASA space laser has climate change in its sights

NASA's mission to measure the impact of climate change and other factors on melting polar ice caps is off to a good start, with ICESat-2 set to use lasers to track just how precarious the situation is. ICESat-2 - or the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 - will pick up where its predecessor left off, only with a much higher degree of accuracy.

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Climate change is making Earth wobble more as it spins

Climate change is making Earth wobble more as it spins

The Earth, as many of us are (hopefully) already aware, rotates on its own axis, and that rotation serves as the basis for our 24-hour day. However, the Earth doesn't exactly experience what can be described as a smooth rotation, as it wobbles as it spins. Scientists with NASA have discovered new causes of this spin-axis drift, dubbed "polar motion," and it seems that climate change is behind one of the three.

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Hayabusa2 MINERVA-II1 hopping rovers send back asteroid pics

Hayabusa2 MINERVA-II1 hopping rovers send back asteroid pics

Conspiracy theories aside, man has landed rovers on the moon and on Mars. But on something as “mobile” as an asteroid? Hardly. But that is exactly the achievement that the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency or JAXA celebrated a few days ago when it reported that its Hayabus2 mission successfully launched two MINERVA-II1 rovers. And more than such having successfully landed on the Ryugu asteroid, the rovers are in working condition and are already sending home some rather curious photos.

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TESS planet hunter gifts NASA two new exoplanets

TESS planet hunter gifts NASA two new exoplanets

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has shared its first observations with NASA, revealing the existence of two exoplanets previously unknown to researchers. The satellite was launched in April with the mission to find new planets, something it has already achieved with more sure to come. In addition to the two exoplanets, TESS found at least 73 stars that could have nearby exoplanets.

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ESA’s Gaia finds the Milky Way is still recovering from near collision

ESA’s Gaia finds the Milky Way is still recovering from near collision

Gaia is a star mapping mission that the ESA is conducting, and it recently discovered something very interesting. Gaia has found that the Milky Way galaxy is still facing the effects of a near collision that set millions of stars to rippling like water in a lake. ESA scientists believe that the near collision happened in the past 300-900 million years.

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ESA and Nissan team to build off-road observatory for astronomers

ESA and Nissan team to build off-road observatory for astronomers

The European Space Agency has teamed with Nissan to develop an off-road mobile observatory capable of traveling to the world's darkest regions. The new vehicle, which is described as a concept at this time, is named the Nissan Navara "Dark Sky." According to the space agency, this concept includes a trailer featuring a high-powered observatory-class PlaneWave telescope.

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Hubble discovery could change our understanding of neutron star evolution

Hubble discovery could change our understanding of neutron star evolution

Despite its many years of service, the Hubble Space Telescope is still helping astronomers and scientists to understand the universe. Hubble has discovered features around a neutron star that have never been seen before leaving scientists trying to figure out what has been discovered. Hubble found an unusual infrared light emission around a nearby neutron star.

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SpaceX says it would likely launch military weapons if asked

SpaceX says it would likely launch military weapons if asked

Yesterday, SpaceX announced its first private customer for a future flight near the Moon. On the same day, the company confirmed that it would at least consider launching weapons into space if asked to do so. The statement was given as an answer to a question, with the company indicating that the potential service would be provided for the US government if necessary for defense purposes.

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Spock’s planet ‘Vulcan’ found years after Star Trek prediction

Spock’s planet ‘Vulcan’ found years after Star Trek prediction

Star Trek character Spock originated from the fictional planet Vulcan, which was said to (probably) exist in real life orbiting around the star 40 Eridani A. That prediction was made in 1991 by series creator Gene Roddenberry and a trio of astronomers, and now decades later it has been proven mostly true: a planet at that location has been discovered.

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NASA TESS shares first science photograph

NASA TESS shares first science photograph

NASA has a new planet-hunting tool in orbit called Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or TESS. TESS is in orbit specifically to search for new worlds beyond our solar system or exoplanets. The satellite has completed its first orbit and part of the data from that first orbit includes this detailed image of the southern sky taken with the quartet of wide-field cameras TESS fields.

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SpaceX will send Japanese billionaire and guests to the Moon

SpaceX will send Japanese billionaire and guests to the Moon

On September 13, SpaceX revealed that it had signed a private passenger to fly around the moon on its Big Falcon Rocket, though it wouldn't reveal who that passenger was until September 17. The company kicked off its announcement this evening, taking the wraps off its customer: Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa.

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