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Gravitational waves might be able to transfer data

Gravitational waves might be able to transfer data

We might simply think of gravity as the things that makes apples bop us on the head or keeps us from floating away into space. Gravity, however, is almost everywhere. It might sound like a sci-fi B movie but movement, especially accelerated ones, can spend ripple thorough the fabric of space-time, almost like electromagnetic waves. Unsurprisingly, these are called gravitational waves and, like their electromagnetic cousins, we might be able to use them to encode and transfer data over long distances in outer space.

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Opportunity rover remains silent, but a windy season may change that

Opportunity rover remains silent, but a windy season may change that

NASA says it still hasn't managed to communicate with Opportunity, the rover that fell silent after being caught in a global dust storm on Mars. Though the storm has passed and sunlight is once again present, Opportunity hasn't managed to communicate with its team on Earth. NASA speculates dust on the solar panels may be the issue and says an upcoming windy season could be the solution.

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NASA says another space telescope has entered safe mode

NASA says another space telescope has entered safe mode

Shortly after its announcement regarding Hubble, NASA has revealed that another of its space telescopes has entered safe mode. The reason may be the same that has impacted Hubble: a gyroscope failure. The Chandra X-ray Observatory automatically put itself in safe mode this past Wednesday, with NASA confirming the news today.

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This is what a space launch failure looks like from the International Space Station

This is what a space launch failure looks like from the International Space Station

Earlier this morning, the two astronauts on board the Russian Soyuz spacecraft had a close call on what was an otherwise routine mission. The spacecraft experienced a booster failure just a couple of minutes after launching, resulting in a launch abort. Luckily, the two astronauts on board - Alexey Ovchinin and Nick Hague - made it back to Earth safely, narrowly avoiding tragedy.

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Soyuz booster failure forces “ballistic re-entry” for crew module

Soyuz booster failure forces “ballistic re-entry” for crew module

Space travel is very dangerous for a myriad of reasons. Both the US and Russia have lost astronauts to accidents and failures of equipment during launch and reentry. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft was set to head to the ISS this week on a resupply mission with two astronauts onboard.

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Defense Department awards rocket contracts to three aerospace companies

Defense Department awards rocket contracts to three aerospace companies

The Department of Defense has revealed three companies that have been awarded contracts to develop rockets for national security launches: United Launch Services, Orbital Sciences, and Blue Origin. All three will develop a Launch System Prototype, according to the Defense Department, designed for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program.

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This is how NASA could find alien life

This is how NASA could find alien life

A team of US researchers have generated a report detailing the steps NASA needs to take to advance its hunt for life beyond our own planet. The guidance covers a variety of topics, including previous work and future technological needs. Among other things, the team points out that unusual life found on Earth could help scientists look in the right places in space.

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Jovian moon Europa could have 15-meter-high ice spikes guarding its surface

Jovian moon Europa could have 15-meter-high ice spikes guarding its surface

When it comes to finding places in our own solar system where extraterrestrial life might exist, one of the most likely locations is Jupiter's moon Europa. This ice-covered world is thought to have a subsurface ocean that could harbor life. Europa is a target of future space missions to try and determine if life is present.

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NASA satellite shows Hurricane Michael from space

NASA satellite shows Hurricane Michael from space

NASA has shared an image of Hurricane Michael as it is seen from space, the photo having been captured by its Aqua satellite. The space agency's image shows the storm near Cuba's western tip as of yesterday when it was still rated as a category 1 hurricane. Earlier today, the hurricane was strengthened to a category 3 as it approaches Florida.

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Hubble gyroscope failure puts space telescope into safe mode

Hubble gyroscope failure puts space telescope into safe mode

The Hubble Space Telescope entered into safe mode after experiencing a gyroscope failure, NASA has revealed. The safe mode is intended to keep the telescope "precisely pointed" for a long duration, the space agency explains, stating that experts are working on fixing the problem. According to the space telescope's website, it is currently pointed at the Perseus Cluster.

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Voyager 2 could be nearing interstellar space

Voyager 2 could be nearing interstellar space

The first manmade object to reach interstellar space was the NASA Voyager 1 probe. Voyager 1 was confirmed to have entered interstellar space back in September of 2013, 36-years after its launch. NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft was launched in 1977 and is about 11 billion miles from Earth right now.

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Meteorite used as doorstop for years may be worth $100,000

Meteorite used as doorstop for years may be worth $100,000

A big rock used as a barn doorstop for decades has been revealed as a meteorite that could worth as much as $100,000. The rock was reportedly found in the 1930s on a Michigan farm, where it was put to use as a doorstop. The space rock continued to perform that job for decades, only recently being identified as something very unique and valuable.

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