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NASA student contest will name the Mars 2020 rover

NASA student contest will name the Mars 2020 rover

NASA has announced that it is running a contest that will allow K-12 students the opportunity to name the rover that will be part of the Mars 2020 mission. NASA has selected two partner organizations to run the nationwide contest and is now asking for applications for judges to decide on the name.

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These tiny ‘electric soccer balls’ answer a huge space mystery

These tiny ‘electric soccer balls’ answer a huge space mystery

Scientists have confirmed that molecules resembling soccer balls are found in space, NASA has announced, something made possible using the Hubble Space Telescope. These molecules are electrically-charged and comprised of 60 carbon atoms (C60) arranged in a hollow sphere, this resulting in the characteristic 'soccer ball' appearance. The same molecules have rarely been found on Earth.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy launch went perfectly

SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy launch went perfectly

SpaceX has been talking up its plans to launch its STP-2 mission; this is the first mission to launch using side boosters that had flown previously. The rocket launched in the early morning hours of Tuesday lifting off at 2:30 am ET from a launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The launch of STP-2 has been hailed at its most challenging mission yet as the massive Falcon 9 Heavy rocket was pushing 24 satellites into orbit with different orbits required for some satellites.

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Scientists view the warm glow of Uranus’ rings

Scientists view the warm glow of Uranus’ rings

When we think of ringed planets in our solar system, Saturn comes to mind for most, and that's it. Saturn isn't the only planet that has rings in our solar system, Neptune has rings, and Uranus also has rings. The catch with Uranus is that is rings are so faint that they can only be seen by the largest telescopes on the planet.

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Mars Curiosity detected high methane levels and scientists are excited

Mars Curiosity detected high methane levels and scientists are excited

We take for granted a lot of gases here on Earth, including our precious oxygen. Even less so gases like methane, which is mostly a waste product of certain living organisms. But when you find unusually high levels of that substances in a planet bereft of life but believed to have once hosted life, it's a pretty big deal. That's the reason why scientists at NASA were more than happy to spend their weekend at work to analyze and do more tests with the data that the Curiosity Rover just sent them from Mars.

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Hackers stole 500MB of NASA mission systems data using Raspberry Pi

Hackers stole 500MB of NASA mission systems data using Raspberry Pi

NASA has revealed it discovered a security breach that allowed hackers to steal 500MB of data related to 'major mission systems.' The incident was discovered in April 2018 by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which found that an external user's account had been compromised, enabling the hacker to access the JPL network with a Raspberry Pi computer.

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NASA’s first Astrobee robot is now flying around the ISS

NASA’s first Astrobee robot is now flying around the ISS

Astronauts in the International Space Station have some flying robot company, with the first of three Astrobee 'bots taking flight. NASA dispatched two of the cuboid trio to the ISS earlier in the year, where the robots will eventually help out with housekeeping tasks, take part in scientific experiments, and generally make the whole place seem more futuristic.

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Watch Blue Origin’s BE-7 rocket ace its first colorful hot-fire

Watch Blue Origin’s BE-7 rocket ace its first colorful hot-fire

Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos' space company, has hit a new rocket milestone in its plan to make it to the Moon - and the billionaire celebrated with a video of the colorful moment. The company tested the BE-7 lunar landing engine for the first time in a hot-fire situation, and while that doesn't mean it makes it off the ground, it is a vital step in the process toward that happening.

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The Mars 2020 rover just hit a wheely big milestone

The Mars 2020 rover just hit a wheely big milestone

NASA's new Mars 2020 rover has finally got its wheels, with the countdown to blast-off now only twelve months out. Handiwork of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the Mars rover is expected to join Curiosity on the red planet and pave the way for an eventual manned mission there.

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ALMA telescope discovers oldest merging galaxies ever

ALMA telescope discovers oldest merging galaxies ever

Galaxies merging isn't something that is uncommon, according to scientists. Galaxy mergers are something that scientists want to study in an effort to piece together how galaxies evolve. Radio astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered the oldest known merging galaxies.

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Apollo 11 flag and other space artifacts head to auction

Apollo 11 flag and other space artifacts head to auction

Fans of space travel have some new artifacts that are heading to auction soon to swoon over. One of the most interesting artifacts that will be sold is an American flag that orbited the Moon aboard Apollo 11. The flag was signed by Apollo 11 Command Module pilot Michael Collins. The flag appears to be mounted on a piece of paper that is itself signed by Collins.

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Two Earth-like planets found in small, warm star’s habitable zone

Two Earth-like planets found in small, warm star’s habitable zone

The University of Göttingen has announced the discovery of two new exoplanets near the M-type red dwarf known as Teegarden's Star. The discovery was made by a team of international researchers, according to the German university that led the effort. Both Earth-like planets are described as slightly heavier than our own planet, and they're both located within the star's habitable zone.

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