Space

China wants to land probe on the far side of the moon this year

China wants to land probe on the far side of the moon this year

China has been saying for at least three years now that it plans to land on the far side of the moon, something that'll go down as a historic achievement if it manages to pull it off successfully. We heard about such ambitions in 2015 and again in 2016, but now the nation is back with a hard launch date: by the end of this year.

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Curiosity’s new percussive drilling produces first rock samples since 2016

Curiosity’s new percussive drilling produces first rock samples since 2016

NASA engineers on the Curiosity rover on Mars have been working hard to devise a new way for the rover to drill into rocks and then extract powder that can be tested from them. Their efforts paid off over last weekend when Curiosity was able to produce the first drilled sample from Mars in more than a year.

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NOAA says new weather satellite imager tool isn’t working correctly

NOAA says new weather satellite imager tool isn’t working correctly

NOAA has revealed that the Advanced Baseline Imager instrument on a newly launched satellite has been experiencing an issue that they've narrowed down to a cooling problem. The issue impacts GOES-17, a satellite launched on March 1, and is an unfortunate turn of events. The previous satellite, GOES-16, didn't experience the same issue and continues to operate properly.

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Asteroid orbiting Jupiter is the first known asteroid from another star system

Asteroid orbiting Jupiter is the first known asteroid from another star system

A new study has discovered a first for our solar system. The first known permanent immigrant from another solar system has been discovered in the form of an asteroid orbiting Jupiter. This is the first known asteroid to be captured in our solar system that originated from another star system.

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NASA CAL to create temperatures 10 billion times colder than space

NASA CAL to create temperatures 10 billion times colder than space

NASA wants to make some very cold temperatures and to do this it is sending a laser to the International Space Station (ISS). That laser will be used in an experiment to create a spot 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space. The apparatus is called the Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) and is about the size of an ice chest. It will be sent to the ISS aboard an Orbital Cygnus rocket.

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NASA’s TESS planet-hunter sent back this stunning image

NASA’s TESS planet-hunter sent back this stunning image

NASA has released the first incredible photo from its TESS planet-hunter, with the new satellite beaming back a stunning image of more than 200,000 stars. TESS, or the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is at the start of an unusual elliptical orbit that will see it capture enormous images of space in the search for potentially habitable exoplanets.

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These tiny CubeSats could revolutionize how NASA predicts weather

These tiny CubeSats could revolutionize how NASA predicts weather

Some of NASA's smallest cargo on the upcoming resupply launch to the International Space Station will in fact be some of its most important, with a new flock of tiny satellites paving the way for future missions. While the flight will take numerous scientific experiments and more mundane supplies to the orbiting space station, it will also count three CubeSats among its cargo.

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Dwarf planet’s orbit could point to existence of Planet Nine

Dwarf planet’s orbit could point to existence of Planet Nine

Back in 2016, a pair of planetary scientists announced that they believed a ghost planet, dubbed Planet Nine, was orbiting somewhere well beyond Pluto in our own solar system. The claim led to scientists searching for this theorized planet that is thought to have about ten times the mass of Earth. Astronomers have now reported having found another distant body in our solar system that could be as large as a dwarf planet with a very strange orbit.

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Wikipedia will be printed on tiny metal plates and sent to the moon

Wikipedia will be printed on tiny metal plates and sent to the moon

A non-profit called Arch Foundation is hoping to send millions of Wikipedia pages to the moon, only with a twist: they'll be "written" on small metal plates. The pages will be sourced from the English version of Wikipedia, and assuming everything goes according to plan, the content will be on the lunar surface within the next couple years. The total archive size will be similar to a CD.

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Europa water plume: Another step toward living on a moon

Europa water plume: Another step toward living on a moon

New research on a sort-of old set of data points toward a water plume on Jupiter's moon Europa. This plume of water points toward an environment on the moon which would be habitable by human beings. This is only the latest in a line of findings which point toward habitability on Jupiter's most friendly satellite rock.

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Asteroid 2010 WC9 to pass between Earth and Moon tomorrow

Asteroid 2010 WC9 to pass between Earth and Moon tomorrow

An asteroid called 2010 WC9 will safety make a very close flyby of the Earth tomorrow. This isn’t a particularly large Asteroid, it measures 197 to 427-feet. The big news here is that this will be one of the closest approaches ever observed of an asteroid this size.

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SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 just landed perfectly, and it’s a game-changer

SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 just landed perfectly, and it’s a game-changer

SpaceX has successfully landed its Falcon 9 Block 5, the rocket that will used to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. This is the most powerful version of the private space company's Falcon 9 rocket, one featuring upgrades that enhance its reusability. Today's success marks the first time this rocket has been launched and successfully landed.

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