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Temperate Earth-mass exoplanet discovered 11 light-years away

Temperate Earth-mass exoplanet discovered 11 light-years away

Scientists and space agencies all around the world are scouring the heavens in a search for planets that could potentially harbor life. A new discovery has been made that was found using the ESO's planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The exoplanet has been dubbed Ross 128 b and is the second closest temperate planet detected with Proxima b being the closest.

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Dream Chaser spacecraft conducts first successful atmospheric glide test

Dream Chaser spacecraft conducts first successful atmospheric glide test

Sierra Nevada Corp. has announced that it has concluded its first successful atmospheric glide test. The Dream Chaser spacecraft landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California on Saturday. The successful glide test was able to verify the spacecraft handling qualities and guidance systems before the spacecraft can move on to the next round of testing.

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Uber gets NASA deal to develop flying taxi management system

Uber gets NASA deal to develop flying taxi management system

Uber is working with NASA to develop software for managing low-altitude air taxis, potentially opening the door for a future where people can travel short distances in the air rather than on the ground. In addition, Uber is planning to test a flying taxi service of some sort in Los Angeles in a couple years, introducing an alternative to both traditional air and ground travel.

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Long space missions cause potentially severe brain changes: study

Long space missions cause potentially severe brain changes: study

A new study sheds light on the potentially severe effects long term space flight can have on the human brain, the consequences of which could affect an astronaut's vision and more. The study was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine; it details the brain changes that happen in most astronauts who spend a prolonged amount of time in space. Among those changes is an upward shifting of the brain, as well as greater levels of cerebrospinal fluid.

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NASA’s 2020 Mars rover supercharge with 23 eyes

NASA’s 2020 Mars rover supercharge with 23 eyes

NASA is working on the next rover that will cruise around the surface of Mars taking scientific measurements and generally checking out what the Red Planet has to offer. The rover is called the 2020 Mars rover and it will have some nice upgrades compared to the rover on Mars right now called Curiosity. Namely, the 2020 Mars rover will have 23 different cameras.

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A giant planet is orbiting a tiny star and it has experts confused

A giant planet is orbiting a tiny star and it has experts confused

Researchers have disclosed the discovery of a giant planet that is orbiting a comparatively tiny star, an unusual pairing that contradicts what scientists previously thought was possible. The planet is called NGTS-1b, and it is the largest planet, again comparatively speaking, to be orbiting such a small companion star, revealing that the pairing is indeed possible. The discovery was made in part using the Next-Generation Transit Survey facility.

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NASA shares spooky space sounds just in time for Halloween

NASA shares spooky space sounds just in time for Halloween

NASA has shared some out-of-this-world spooky sound to get everyone in the Halloween spirit. The space agency has curated a collection of audio clips recorded in space, all of them various degrees of creepy or uncomfortable, including helium that is making a whistling sounds and planets that sound like they're howling into space.

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NASA model improves odds of finding habitable exoplanets

NASA model improves odds of finding habitable exoplanets

NASA has a new model that improves the space agency's odds of identifying habitable exoplanets. The model is based on new NASA research that determines conditions across three different dimensions instead of one, as previous models did. With this, NASA says, researchers will be better able to determine which exoplanets are worth exploring (from a habitability standpoint).

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Explore the Mars landscape in Chrome via Google’s Access Mars project

Explore the Mars landscape in Chrome via Google’s Access Mars project

NASA rovers have taken a huge number of photos from the Mars surface, enabling researchers on the ground to combine them into a single massive, highly detailed 3D model of the planet's landscape. This 3D model, thanks to a Google project called Access Mars, is now easily accessible to anyone with access to Chrome or your Internet browser of choice.

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Google Maps now lets you navigate through our solar system

Google Maps now lets you navigate through our solar system

While we’re probably still dozens of years away from actually getting lost in our travels between planets in our neighborhood, that doesn’t mean we can’t start pretending already. Google Maps was originally created as a way to navigate our own terra firm but has long expanded to ocean depths, volcanoes, and, now, outer space. Google has just added not a few round objects from our solar system, both planets, moons, and one former planet, so you can live out your space-faring fantasies while companies scamper to make that a thing.

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Hubble makes milestone observation of gravitational-wave source

Hubble makes milestone observation of gravitational-wave source

NASA has announced a new milestone observation made possible via Hubble, which spotted light that has been connected to a gravitational-wave event. According to the space agency, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope first detected a high-energy light pulse on August 17. Following this, the National Science Foundation's LIGO picked up on the gravitational waves from colliding stars that were related to the gamma-ray burst.

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Dwarf planet Haumea has its own ring system

Dwarf planet Haumea has its own ring system

Scientists are studying a dwarf planet dubbed Haumea and earlier this year that planet passed between the Earth and a distant star allowing scientists to study the celestial body in finer detail. The findings of that intense study were announced this week and scientists found something very cool about the dwarf planet, which lives in our solar system in the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune.

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