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This is the Spacebit moon spider

This is the Spacebit moon spider

This bit of robotics from the folks at Spacebit is known as "The Walking Rover". It's effectively a moon spider - albeit with 4 legs instead of 8, and a box-like body of metal rather than organic. It's powered by the sun via solar panels and stores energy on rechargeable batteries. It weighs around 1.3kg, works with Swarm Intelligence, is part of a Modular Robotics Platform, and it can jump.

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A new study of Venus lava flow suggests it wasn’t once wet

A new study of Venus lava flow suggests it wasn’t once wet

Scientists have been studying a structure on the surface of Venus called the Ovda Fluctus lava flow. The study shows that the lava flow is made of basaltic lava and weakens any notion that Venus might have once had an Earth-like climate with oceans of liquid water. Past studies have suggested that Venus might have once been warm and wet based on the chemistry of its atmosphere and the presence of highlands.

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NASA ICON spacecraft launches successfully

NASA ICON spacecraft launches successfully

NASA has announced that its ICON (Ionospheric Connection Explorer) spacecraft has successfully launched and arrived in orbit. ICON is a first-of-its-kind mission that is meant to study a region of space known as the ionosphere. This region of space is important because it can change, and those changes can disrupt communications and satellite orbits.

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Project asks public to help find light pollution in space images

Project asks public to help find light pollution in space images

If you're looking for a way to help experts make an impact on our planet, the ESA has pointed toward Lost at Night, a project that needs the public's help identifying areas of light pollution captured in images taken from space. The project intends to raise light pollution awareness, and it is now asking the public to help researchers in this field by cataloging the images.

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Scientists don’t know why more gas comes in than out of the Milky Way

Scientists don’t know why more gas comes in than out of the Milky Way

Scientists have been trying to understand what they describe as a recycling process inside the Milky Way. Supernovas and stellar winds blow gas out of the galactic disc, but that gas falls back onto the galaxy to form new generations of stars. Scientists were surprised to find that there is a surplus of incoming gas.

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Voyager spacecraft shed light on the edge of the solar system

Voyager spacecraft shed light on the edge of the solar system

NASA has been studying the solar system and has found that on the boundary of the solar system, pressure runs high. The pressure in the region is the force that plasma, magnetic fields, and particles such as ions, cosmic rays, and electrons exert on each other as they collide. This force was found to be greater than expected by NASA scientists.

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NASA confident in early 2020 first manned SpaceX mission

NASA confident in early 2020 first manned SpaceX mission

Barely two weeks ago, Elon Musk proudly revealed the success, changes, and plans for SpaceX's deep-space Starship program. Almost ironically, NASA was not too happy with the focus on yet another project that the popular space company is engaging it, not when SpaceX is also supposed to be working on manned flights for NASA. The very public spat between the two institutions naturally made rounds on the Internet and, perhaps to show they're still on good terms, NASA made a visit to SpaceX HQ and affirmed its positive outlook for the first manned mission to the ISS from US soil.

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The first satellite robotic servicing mission is set to launch

The first satellite robotic servicing mission is set to launch

Northrop Grumman has built a satellite called the Mission Extension Vehicle or MEV 1. MEV 1 is designed to dock with an aging spacecraft in orbit above the Earth and extend that spacecraft's life. The way the MEV 1 will extend the life of the spacecraft already in orbit is by docking with it and adding solar-electric thrusters.

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SpaceX to launch private moon lander Nova-C in 2021

SpaceX to launch private moon lander Nova-C in 2021

It's not SpaceX's own lander, but a private spacecraft made by Intuitive Machines to deliver a payload to NASA. "Our partnership with Intuitive Machines is a great example of two private companies working together with NASA to advance space exploration." said SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell. This is part of NASA's CLPS program - that's Commercial Lunar Payload Services, announced for the first time earlier this year (2019) in the month of May.

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ISS experiment produces the first lab-grown meat in space

ISS experiment produces the first lab-grown meat in space

Food company Aleph Farms has announced that alongside its partners, an experiment on the Russian side of the International Space Station resulted in the successful cultivation of beef steak in space. The experiment took place in late September and involved the use of a bioprinter, according to Aleph Farms, a startup that specializes in lab-grown meat.

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This is NASA’s new space suit for Artemis

This is NASA’s new space suit for Artemis

So you'd like to know about the xEMU, also known as the NASA Exploration Extravehicular Activity Mobility Unit. Let's take a look! You can see it right here - right in this article - from a few different perspectives. We're looking mostly at the NASA request for information documentation provided to the people who'll manufacture the suit and provide parts. As such, this look may contain different imagery from what you've seen in other publications.

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Boeing just invested $20 million in Virgin Galactic

Boeing just invested $20 million in Virgin Galactic

The folks at Virgin Galactic announced this morning that they'd entered into a "strategic partnership" with Boeing. This is the "latest investment by Boeing HorizonX Ventures organization" and was announced to the tune of $20 million. They've suggested that this is a partnership that'll allow them to "work together to broaden commercial space access and transform global travel technologies."

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