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Researchers combat ISS superbugs using a new antibacterial surface coating

Researchers combat ISS superbugs using a new antibacterial surface coating

One of the great fears of the medical community are so-called superbugs. A superbug is something resistant to most, or all of the antibiotics that we have at our disposal today. Researchers are trying to find ways to eliminate superbugs in an unlikely location- the ISS.

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See the 2nd-largest meteor explosion in modern history

See the 2nd-largest meteor explosion in modern history

This week a set of scientists discovered a meteor explosion that occurred in early December, 2018. The event was detected by other instruments soon after taking place, but now we've got our first visual evidence in fire red and orange. This explosive image comes from the Japanese Himawari-8 weather satellite, and was first reported globally on the 15th of March by Peter Brown at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

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NASA is simulating extremely hot alien atmospheres on Earth

NASA is simulating extremely hot alien atmospheres on Earth

Scientists at NASA JPL are creating alien atmospheres to better understand distant exoplanets. The space agency detailed part of this project, which involves using a special type of 'oven' to heat a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen gas, simulating the very high temperatures on giant gas exoplanets. Using the simulated atmosphere, researchers are able to study environments and learn things about the planets.

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NASA says astronauts Koch and Hague arrived safely at the ISS

NASA says astronauts Koch and Hague arrived safely at the ISS

NASA has announced that its astronauts Christina Koch and Nick Hague safely arrived at the International Space Station and have since boarded the vessel. The trip took place on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft alongside Roscosmos' Alexey Ovchinin; the vehicle launched for the ISS at 3:14PM EDT on March 14, according to NASA, which says the crew boarded the ISS late last night.

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Lockheed Martin’s finalized lunar habitat is one step closer to the moon

Lockheed Martin’s finalized lunar habitat is one step closer to the moon

Multiple companies are working on the technology needed to return man to the moon. Part of the tech is giving the astronauts a place to live and work while they are on the moon. Lockheed Martin is working on a moon habitat and has announced that its full-scale prototype, known as Habitat Ground Test Article (HGTA) has been finalized.

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ESA shoots and blows up batteries in project to reduce space debris

ESA shoots and blows up batteries in project to reduce space debris

The European Space Agency has conducted a series of tests that involve blowing up batteries as part of research into preventing space debris. The work took place in bunkers and involved engineers using a variety of methods to destroy lithium-ion space batteries, including short-circuiting them, shooting them, and causing them to overcharge and overheat.

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Soyuz MS-12 ISS Crew Launch live: Heading to first all-woman spacewalk

Soyuz MS-12 ISS Crew Launch live: Heading to first all-woman spacewalk

This morning preparations began for the launch of mission Soyuz MS-12, operator Roscosmos, headed for the International Space Station. This mission will be launched aboard a Soyuz FG rocket from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome. The payload aboard this launch is a mixed Russia and USA International Space Station Expedition 59/60 crew.

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Scientists discover 83 super old supermassive black holes

Scientists discover 83 super old supermassive black holes

Scientists have discovered 83 supermassive black holes nearly as old as the known universe. These black holes in this study were identified by their luminosity - the red dots of light in the image at the head of this article. Each of these dots is a super bright, super luminous active nucleus of energy, forming a supermassive black hole. Gas accretes onto the center, light blasts out.

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NASA Mars Helicopter prepares for flight – and UAVs on Earth could benefit

NASA Mars Helicopter prepares for flight – and UAVs on Earth could benefit

NASA's 2020 mission to Mars won't just depend on landing on the red planet to be successful: the Mars Helicopter also plans to take off again. The space agency has been discussing its plans to send a groundbreaking helicopter into space, and while the spindly drone may not be scaled to accommodate a human passenger, the technology behind it could well have implications for transportation back on Earth.

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NASA Opportunity rover’s last panorama shows its final resting place

NASA Opportunity rover’s last panorama shows its final resting place

NASA's Opportunity rover is dead, but its final images live on in the form of a beautiful 360-degree panorama. The space agency shared this final image today, explaining that it features Perseverance Valley, which is the inside slope of the Endurance Crater and the spot where Opportunity fell silent. The images composing the panorama were taken over the course of 29 days.

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JAXA and Toyota team for a crewed pressurized moon rover

JAXA and Toyota team for a crewed pressurized moon rover

Toyota and the Japanese space exploration agency JAXA have announced a tie-up to work on mobility for future space exploration. The two firms have signed an agreement that will see them cooperate on a joint study for a manned and pressurized rover. The rover will use fuel cell electric vehicle technology.

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Who sent the plush Earth toy to the International Space Station?

Who sent the plush Earth toy to the International Space Station?

If you'd seen the plush "Earthie" toy in photos of the International Space Station, you'd know it. It's basically a spherical earth in blue and green, with blue arms, blue legs, black oval-shaped eyes, and a circular black dot mouth. It's super cute, really - but where did Earthie come from? And the most obvious question - where can I get one to love and hold forever?

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