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Researchers discover large galaxies strip star-making gas from nearby smaller galaxies

Researchers discover large galaxies strip star-making gas from nearby smaller galaxies

Astronomers published new research this week, discovering that small satellite galaxies contain less molecular gas in their centers. The team says that large galaxies are known to strip away gas occupying the space between the stars of smaller satellite galaxies. They now know that the larger galaxies can strip away molecular gas at the center of the smaller galaxies, which is the type of gas the smaller galaxies that need to create new stars.

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Comet-like Centaur spotted by Hubble near Jupiter’s Trojans

Comet-like Centaur spotted by Hubble near Jupiter’s Trojans

The NASA Hubble Space Telescope has spied a comet-like object known as a Centaur that has settled near a group of captured ancient asteroids called Trojans orbiting alongside Jupiter. NASA says this is the first time a comet-like object has been spotted near the ancient Trojan population. The Centaur name classifies icy bodies in the space between Jupiter and Neptune that become active for the first time when heated as they approach the sun.

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Blue Origin delays New Glenn after missing out on Pentagon contracts

Blue Origin delays New Glenn after missing out on Pentagon contracts

After losing out on a Space Force contract, private space company Blue Origin has announced that its New Glenn maiden flight will be bumped to the fourth quarter of 2022. The company says that it hopes it will be able to launch National Security Space Launch (NSSL) payloads in the future in addition to civil contracts, among other things.

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NASA guided tour of Mars will tap Perseverance’s most flexible camera

NASA guided tour of Mars will tap Perseverance’s most flexible camera

NASA is preparing a must-see video tour of Mars today, tapping Perseverance's high-tech Mastcam-Z robotic eyes to give a new glimpse of the red planet. It's an opportunity not only to see Mars in full 360-degrees, but also to get a guided view of what the freshly-landed rover can see and why scientists are eager to explore it.

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This growing album of Perseverance Mars photos is space geek treasure

This growing album of Perseverance Mars photos is space geek treasure

NASA's Perseverance rover may not have even moved from its landing spot on Mars in the past week, but that doesn't mean there aren't already thousands of images being shared from the red planet. The latest science-lab-on-wheels successfully touched down on Martian soil last Thursday, February 18, and has been steadily beaming back content to the Jet Propulsion Lab ever since.

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Incredible picture of Venus taken by the Parker Solar Probe

Incredible picture of Venus taken by the Parker Solar Probe

As its name implies, NASA's Parker Solar Probe is meant to study the Sun. However, on its way to the Sun, Parker flew past Venus. It took the opportunity to capture some impressive views of the planet during its close flyby in July 2020. While the probe was meant to study the sun, Venus was critical to the mission as the spacecraft will whip around the planet to get gravity assists allowing it to fly closer and closer to the sun to complete its primary mission.

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NASA shares an image of the Perseverance descent stage smoke plume

NASA shares an image of the Perseverance descent stage smoke plume

One of the most significant feats in space exploration over the past few years is the landing of the Perseverance rover on the surface of Mars. Perseverance made a successful landing on the Red Planet a few days ago after an extremely harrowing journey through the thin Martian atmosphere. One of the critical pieces of the puzzle to get Perseverance on the ground safely was the descent stage.

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There was a message encoded in the parachute above the Perseverance rover

There was a message encoded in the parachute above the Perseverance rover

NASA has a history of doing interesting and unexpected things when it comes to its space missions. Recently, NASA successfully placed the Perseverance rover onto the surface of Mars. One of the most dangerous parts of its entire journey was the descent through the Martian atmosphere to the Red Planet's surface.

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Scientists may have discovered a neutron star lurking inside a famous supernova

Scientists may have discovered a neutron star lurking inside a famous supernova

One of the most studied objects in the sky is a supernova that first became visible with the naked eye in our sky on February 24, 1987. It was the first supernova visible with the naked eye in 400 years and was dubbed Supernova 1987A. Since its discovery, researchers have been looking for the squashed stellar core that would've been left behind when the star exploded, known as a neutron star.

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Tianwen-1 completes braking maneuver and enters parking orbit around Mars

Tianwen-1 completes braking maneuver and enters parking orbit around Mars

China's Mars mission, called Tianwen-1, is going very well so far. This week the spacecraft successfully completed its third braking maneuver and entered a parking orbit around Mars on Wednesday at about 6:29 AM BJT. The announcement was made this morning by the China National Space Administration.

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Neutrinos linked to an object outside our galaxy for the second time

Neutrinos linked to an object outside our galaxy for the second time

NASA scientists have made an impressive discovery linking a rare particle called a high-energy neutrino to an object outside of our galaxy for only the second time ever. Scientists use both ground and space-based technologies, including the NASA Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory, to trace the neutrino directly to a black hole in the process of tearing a star apart.

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Another passenger named for the first SpaceX private spaceflight

Another passenger named for the first SpaceX private spaceflight

Another astronaut has been named in the first SpaceX private spaceflight. The astronaut is a 29-year-old physician assistant named Hayley Arceneaux, who is a bone cancer survivor. Arceneaux was announced as a passenger on the spaceflight by Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital on Monday. Arceneaux was a former patient of the hospital hired to work there last spring.

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