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Google AI finds exoplanet, bringing alien solar system to 8

Google AI finds exoplanet, bringing alien solar system to 8

Google's machine learning technology has discovered the existence of a new exoplanet that was missed by NASA the first time around. The exoplanet is located in the alien solar system now known to contain eight planets all revolving around same star, Kepler-90. This makes the Kepler-90 system tied with our own solar system, which also contains eight planets circling the same star. The newly discovered exoplanet is called Kepler-90i.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be screened on the ISS

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be screened on the ISS

Star Wars fans currently located in space will get a chance to watch the latest series installment before returning to Earth, NASA has confirmed. Astronauts located on the International Space Station will be given a special movie night, allowing them to watch the movie alongside the rest of the world. Disney is working with NASA to make sure the ISS crew gets this opportunity, but some of the details are still missing.

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Blue Origin Crew Capsule 2.0 launched for the first time, lands safely

Blue Origin Crew Capsule 2.0 launched for the first time, lands safely

While Elon Musk’s SpaceX has its sights on the grand colonization of Mars, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin’s ambitions are a bit more down to Earth, almost literally. While both have reusable rockets in their crosshair, Blue Origin has space tourism as its intermediate goal. And it has just taken one step closer to that dream. Not only did it launch the New Shephard for the seventh time, and successfully landed it, Blue Origin also launched, and landed, its Crew Capsule 2.0, touted to have the largest windows in space.

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Oumuamua object under scrutiny by scientists around the world

Oumuamua object under scrutiny by scientists around the world

Back in the middle of October astronomers spied a very strange object that zipped past Earth on its way out of our solar system. The object is dubbed Oumuamua, which means "first messenger" in Hawaiian, and it has scientists around the world confused. The needle-like object is believed to be interstellar in origin and is now already halfway to Jupiter and rapidly exceeding the distance where it can be studied before it is gone forever.

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Trump wants Americans on the moon again, Mars afterwards

Trump wants Americans on the moon again, Mars afterwards

The past few years have been kind to space science in general and especially to NASA. Advancements in technology, monumental achievements, and historic phenomena has made being an astronaut and even a space scientist or engineer cool again. When Trump took the helm of the world’s largest superpower, there were worries that the outspoken president would de-emphasize the country’s space program. With a little indirect help from a rival, however, Trump signed a directive that would put Americans back on the moon and, in the future, on Mars as well.

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Supermassive black hole is the most distant one ever spotted

Supermassive black hole is the most distant one ever spotted

Researchers have spotted the most distant supermassive black hole ever spied from Earth, one that has a mass 800 million times greater than the mass of our own Sun. According to the team, this supermassive black hole's light comes from when the universe was only 5% as old as it is now. The black hole is located in a luminous quasar from 690 million years after the Big Bang, shedding some light on the early universe.

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Mars rover images show round balls, stirring up new conspiracies

Mars rover images show round balls, stirring up new conspiracies

NASA's Mars rover has provided humans with a slew of images from the Red Planet and you can freely search through them if you have the free time. That's exactly what some people do, analyzing hundreds of Mars images in search of oddities. Some of those oddities have resulted in big conspiracy theories, but perhaps none are so intriguing as the "metal balls" spotted in some Mars photos.

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Researchers create spacesuit with “Take Me Home” button

Researchers create spacesuit with “Take Me Home” button

Researchers from a company called Draper have created a way for astronauts to avoid being lost in space no matter how disoriented they become. The researchers have created a "fool-proof way to return to the spacecraft" according to Kevin Duda, a space systems engineer at the company. Duda and his team have studied astronauts on the ISS and filed for a patent for a system that ensures self-return too the spacecraft even when no one is available to rescue them.

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ISS crew video shows how to make and eat pizza in space

ISS crew video shows how to make and eat pizza in space

The International Space Station crew recently made some pizzas in microgravity, filming the fun for everyone on Earth to enjoy. It's a pizza night unlike any other, involving assembling pizzas while the ingredients try to float away. If that sounds like fun, just watch the video they shared: the completed pizzas are tossed past a camera, where they slowly float in the microgravity environment, their ingredients held on by sauce.

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Voyager 1’s thrusters still after 37 years of sleep

Voyager 1’s thrusters still after 37 years of sleep

Considering how the odds were stacked against it, Voyager 1’s new lease on life, even if just three years at most, is nothing short of a miracle. The spacecraft has been traveling space for 40 years and, since 2012, has left our solar system, becoming the first and so far only man-made interstellar object. So when crucial parts of it start failing, there is almost no hope. Fortunately, Voyager 1 seems to refuse to give up the ghost and its backup thrusters have been successfully fired up, even after being left unused for 37 years.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy test launch delayed until early 2018

SpaceX Falcon Heavy test launch delayed until early 2018

SpaceX has delayed the test launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket until early 2018, a slight postponement from the originally planned late December date. SpaceX has confirmed that the test launch is now scheduled to happen in January, making it only a minor setback. However, the rocket's static fire test will take place this month before the upcoming test launch.

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Supermoon 2017: here’s how to watch the December 3 event

Supermoon 2017: here’s how to watch the December 3 event

This December 3, stargazers will be greeted with a special treat: the 2017 supermoon. The celestial event will be visible for anyone who is located somewhere without dense cloud cover, marking the final notable moon appearance of the year. The supermoon gets its name from the fact that the lunar orbit will be very close to Earth when the full moon takes place.

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