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NASA says car-sized meteor caused fireball over Australia

NASA says car-sized meteor caused fireball over Australia

Earlier this week, Australian media reported that two different fireballs streaked over the nation's southern skies, including one on Tuesday that resulted in a stunning flash of light. The event was recorded by a number of cameras throughout South Australia, revealing the brief presence of a glowing ball that, in some videos, appeared like a blue sphere across the horizon.

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This new exoplanet takes us one step closer to finding alien life

This new exoplanet takes us one step closer to finding alien life

A further 18 Earth-sized exoplanets have been spotted, hidden in NASA Kepler data, at least one of which could well support life researchers say. New algorithms were applied to data gathered by the Kepler Space Telescope, unlocking fresh discoveries despite the spacecraft itself being retired in 2018.

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NASA 2024 Moon mission lead quits – after just 45 days

NASA 2024 Moon mission lead quits – after just 45 days

The NASA official meant to lead the 2024 Moon mission has unexpectedly quit the agency, after Congress slapped down plans to create a new mission directorate. Mark Sirangelo only joined the agency a month and a half ago, but was widely expected to take the helm at a new group focused on NASA's return to the Moon, the mission that will help pave the way for a manned mission to Mars.

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SpaceX finally launches 60 Starlink satellites into orbit

SpaceX finally launches 60 Starlink satellites into orbit

We, and especially SpaceX, probably imagine rocket launches that take off any time just like planes. Reality, however, is that such launches are at the mercy of the weather even more than planes are. That's pretty much the reason why SpaceX postponed the launch of its ambitious satellites twice. They say third time's a charm and, finally, 60 satellites from Elon Musk's Starlink vision are now on their way to float around the earth and bring the Internet connection of the future.

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NASA names first commercial partner for Artemis, Lunar Gateway

NASA names first commercial partner for Artemis, Lunar Gateway

NASA's latest announcement in their ongoing mission back toward the moon had to do with power. It was the group known as Maxar Technologies, formerly SSL, in Westminster, Colorado that was at the center of this announcement. It was Maxar that was announced to have won the contract to develop and demonstrate power, propulsion, and communications capabilities for NASA’s lunar Gateway over the next several years.

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NASA Mars 2020 mission is taking passenger names – but not how you think

NASA Mars 2020 mission is taking passenger names – but not how you think

NASA may not be ready to take passengers to Mars, but you'll be able to put your name down in the meantime - quite literally. The space agency is offering "frequent flyer" points along with souvenir boarding passes to members of the public for a trip to Mars, as part of its push around the Mars 2020 mission.

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NASA Juno spacecraft discovers Jupiter’s magnetic field changes over time

NASA Juno spacecraft discovers Jupiter’s magnetic field changes over time

NASA has a spacecraft orbiting Jupiter called Juno that has been toiling away for a long time now. One of the things Juno has been doing is investigating the magnetic field of the planet. Juno has discovered that the internal magnetic field of Jupiter changes over time; the phenomenon is called secular variation.

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Complete Mars 2020 spacecraft revealed for the first time

Complete Mars 2020 spacecraft revealed for the first time

NASA has revealed the spacecraft that the new Mars rover will use to travel to the red planet in 2020, as the US space agency continues to pave the way for an eventual manned mission. Mars 2020 will see a brand new rover set loose on the surface of the planet, complete with a toolkit of all-new instrumentation to do research.

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NASA shares first image of Astrobee ‘Bumble’ robotic assistant on ISS

NASA shares first image of Astrobee ‘Bumble’ robotic assistant on ISS

Last month, a spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station carrying, among other cargo, small cube-shaped robots called Astrobees. The devices are designed to operate in the space lab's unique microgravity environment, offering assistance to the astronauts located on the ISS. In its most recent update on the matter, NASA shared an image of the Astrobee robot 'Bumble' on the ISS alongside some details about how it and its 'Honey' companion are operating.

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NASA details Ultima Thule in first profile of Kuiper Belt object

NASA details Ultima Thule in first profile of Kuiper Belt object

NASA has published the first batch of results from the New Horizons' Kuiper Belt object flyby that took place on January 1, 2019. Only about 10-percent of the data from that flyby has been transmitted back to researchers on Earth, but the findings have been shared in a study published on May 17. According to the space agency, the object -- which is nicknamed Ultima Thule -- is 'far more complex than expected.'

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SpaceX Starlink satellite launch delayed again for software update

SpaceX Starlink satellite launch delayed again for software update

SpaceX has its Falcon 9 sitting on the launch pad waiting for the go to launch. Earlier this week we saw an image of the Falcon 9 packed with the first 60 of SpaceX's Starlink satellites. That launch was delayed due to wind shear from May 15th to May 16th.

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NASA’s MRO completed 60,000 orbits around the Red Planet

NASA’s MRO completed 60,000 orbits around the Red Planet

NASA has had a spacecraft orbiting Mars called the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter or MRO since March 10, 2006. The spacecraft has been circling the planet at about 2 miles per second and collecting daily science data about the planet's surface and atmosphere. NASA has announced a milestone for the MRO that was reached this week.

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