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Comet NEOWISE caught on camera as it feels the Sun’s fury

Comet NEOWISE caught on camera as it feels the Sun’s fury

Serendipity has helped produce a striking image of the newly-discovered NEOWISE comet, after the fast-moving rock was caught on camera by the Parker Solar Probe. Only discovered in late March, the comet - officially named C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, though referred to by the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer which first spotted it - proved a fascinating subject as it passed close to the Sun.

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Scientists find one of the biggest cosmic structures ever dubbed the South Pole Wall

Scientists find one of the biggest cosmic structures ever dubbed the South Pole Wall

Researchers studying 3D maps of the universe and have discovered one of the biggest cosmic structures ever. The structure is a vast wall that stretches 1.4 billion light-years across and contains hundreds of thousands of galaxies. It has been dubbed the South Pole Wall and has been hiding in plain sight.

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Mars rover meets rocket as Perseverance gets ready for rescheduled launch

Mars rover meets rocket as Perseverance gets ready for rescheduled launch

The Perseverance rover has met its ride to Mars, with NASA mounting the roving science experiment to the Atlas V rocket that will eventually take it to the red planet. While the launch isn't for some weeks yet, Perseverance is already safely encased in the protective nose cone that will shield it during its fiery blast-off.

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Shiny gel-like substance discovered on the moon by China has been identified

Shiny gel-like substance discovered on the moon by China has been identified

Few countries have ever successfully landed on the surface of the moon, and one of the countries to do so was China with the Yutu-2 rover. That rover found something interesting on the surface of the moon that has puzzled scientists, and the mystery has finally been solved. Inside a small impact crater on the far side of the moon, Yutu-2 discovered a strange and shiny gel-like substance.

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NASA picks four small US companies to make Artemis Moon tech

NASA picks four small US companies to make Artemis Moon tech

NASA has selected four small companies in the US to 'mature' tech for its upcoming Artemis Moon missions. The combined value of these follow-on contracts will amount to around $17 million, according to the space agency, which previously awarded the companies contracts to develop and demonstrate these technologies. NASA anticipates the contracts helping speed up the development of Moon tech that it needs to meet its deadlines.

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NASA’s Psyche mission passes a crucial milestone

NASA’s Psyche mission passes a crucial milestone

NASA has announced that its Psyche mission has passed a critical milestone that brings it closer to the official launch date of August 2022. NASA says that the mission is moving from planning and design to manufacturing of the spacecraft hardware. The goal of the Psyche mission is to explore a metal-rock asteroid of the same name.

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SHERLOC instrument built at Johnson Space Center will travel to Mars

SHERLOC instrument built at Johnson Space Center will travel to Mars

The summer NASA plans to launch the Mars Perseverance Rover to Mars as part of the Mars 2020 Mission. Perseverance is packed with equipment intended to search for signs of life on Mars at some point in the distant past. One of the tools on the rover is called the Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminance for Organics & Chemicals or SHERLOC. That instrument will search for chemicals on the Martian surface linked to life.

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Startling white dwarf study joins dots on life’s building block

Startling white dwarf study joins dots on life’s building block

A new theory could explain one of the biggest mysteries about how the Milky Way and other galaxies were created, exploring the role white dwarf stars play in creating the building blocks of the universe. Carbon is an instrumental part of not only galactic formation but life, yet its origins in the Milky Way are still unclear.

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NASA Curiosity rover kicks off Mars ‘summer trip’ with new panorama

NASA Curiosity rover kicks off Mars ‘summer trip’ with new panorama

NASA has announced that its Mars Curiosity rover has started its 'summer trip' on the Red Planet, kicking things off with a new panorama featuring the Greenheugh Pediment. During its road trip, NASA says the rover will cover around one mile of the Martian surface, ending back at a tall mountain called Mount Sharp that it has been exploring for several years.

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Hubble captures striking spiral galaxy with a halo of hot young stars

Hubble captures striking spiral galaxy with a halo of hot young stars

A hollowed-out galaxy, sending out lavish plumes of spiral gas clouds, has resulted in one of the most striking Hubble Space Telescope images in recent memory. Galaxy NGC 2275 is 67 million light years away from Earth, and relatively tame in terms of star activity compared to other regions of space. However it's that very fact which makes it so fascinating to look at.

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Scientists now know how massive the fastest-growing black hole in the Universe is

Scientists now know how massive the fastest-growing black hole in the Universe is

A team of researchers led by The Australian National University has determined just how massive the fastest-growing black hole in the Universe is. The team is also determined how much material the black was consuming. According to the scientists, the gigantic black hole is 34 billion times the mass of our Sun and eats approximately the equivalent of one Sun every day.

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Rocket Lab’s Electron mission failure takes out seven satellites

Rocket Lab’s Electron mission failure takes out seven satellites

Rocket Lab experienced a mission failure on July 4th for reasons that remain unclear, resulting in the loss of both the launch vehicle and the seven satellites carried as payload. The company aims to offer rapid launches for small payloads like CubeSats; it has already had a dozen successful missions and had several launches planned for later this year.

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