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NASA made a 3D photo from Ingenuity’s most challenging Mars flight

NASA made a 3D photo from Ingenuity’s most challenging Mars flight

Using images captured by its Ingenuity helicopter during a complex flight on Mars, experts at NASA have generated a stereoscopic 3D photo that provides viewers with a more dynamic view of the Martian landscape. The image shows a particular Martian geologic feature NASA calls Raised Ridges, the data of which was captured by Ingenuity in late July.

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Astronomers analyze a strange star hurtling towards the edge of the galaxy

Astronomers analyze a strange star hurtling towards the edge of the galaxy

Astronomers are currently studying the star known as LP 40−365. It's a breed of fast-moving star that is a remnant of a massive white dwarf that survived a massive supernova explosion. The star is currently about 2000 light-years away from Earth and is hurtling towards the edge of the Milky Way galaxy.

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Glitch means Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 will leave the launch pad

Glitch means Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 will leave the launch pad

This week was supposed to be the long-awaited second uncrewed test launch of the Boeing Starliner space capsule called Orbital Flight Test-2. The spacecraft was on the launch pad earlier this week when the launch was canceled after an incident with thrusters firing accidentally on the new Russian laboratory module aboard the ISS. The flight was rescheduled for the next day, but it was again delayed on August 3 with hopes that the mission could launch on August 4.

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NASA has identified the most likely location to find mantle on the surface of the moon

NASA has identified the most likely location to find mantle on the surface of the moon

Early in the development of the moon, it was covered in an ocean of magma that covered its entire surface. Over time, that magma cooled and solidified with more dense material sinking to form the mantle layer, with the less dense material floating to the top forming the crust. The moon has been subjected to intense bombardment by asteroids and comets over its lifetime, some of which were able to pierce the crust and blasts pieces of the mantle from the moon's interior, and scatter them across its surface.

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NASA investigates a nearby young star that likely resembles a young sun

NASA investigates a nearby young star that likely resembles a young sun

NASA researchers have taken a closer look at a star "near" our solar system that is believed to resemble the Sun when it was young. The investigation aims to help scientists gain a better understanding of what our Sun might have been like when it was a young star and how it could've shaped the atmosphere and development of life on Earth. The sun is currently about 4.65 billion years old and is considered a middle-aged star.

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NASA and Boeing scrub Starliner OFT-2 launch today over new glitch

NASA and Boeing scrub Starliner OFT-2 launch today over new glitch

NASA and Boeing have scrubbed today's Starliner Orbital Flight Test-2 launch, though contrary to expectations it's not because of last week's problems at the International Space Station. The US space agency had warned that the Starliner launch might be pushed back, after an unexpected incident on the new Russian ISS module saw it shuffled out of position.

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MaGIXS x-ray spectrometer performed its short flight recently

MaGIXS x-ray spectrometer performed its short flight recently

NASA researchers successfully launched a new x-ray solar imager on a very brief suborbital flight. The x-ray solar imager is called MaGIXS, short for Marshall Grazing Incidence X-ray Spectrometer. The instrument was launched on a suborbital flight via a sounding rocket to gather insights on how and why the sun's corona is so much hotter than the surface of the star itself.

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NASA Hubble image shows three ‘peculiar’ galaxies playing tug-of-war

NASA Hubble image shows three ‘peculiar’ galaxies playing tug-of-war

Hubble regularly captures stunning images of the universe around us and sometimes NASA highlights photos that are particularly striking. That's the case with one of the latest images highlighted by the space agency, one that features three galaxies engaging in a galactic 'tug-of-war' battle. According to NASA, the galaxies are part of a 'peculiar' set.

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NASA’s hunt for water on the Moon just got an unexpected Apollo boost

NASA’s hunt for water on the Moon just got an unexpected Apollo boost

Decades-old images from the Apollo missions have cast new light - or, more accurately, new shadow - on NASA's hunt for water on the Moon, potentially paving the way to Artemis astronauts being more self-sufficient in a future lunar base. Although the Moon is usually thought of as dry and desolate, patches of water ice are believed to be present at the poles. New research, however, indicates that ice may be even more widespread.

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Perseids meteor shower is gearing up to be a spectacle in the nighttime sky

Perseids meteor shower is gearing up to be a spectacle in the nighttime sky

Each year, the Earth moves through the tail of a comet leading to the Perseid meteor showers that start in late July and peak by the middle of August. The first meteor of the shower for 2021 was observed on July 26. NASA says anyone wanting to look at the skies and see the meteor shower for themselves would find the best viewing on the night of August 11.

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ESA conducts its first test of the European Ground System – Common Core software

ESA conducts its first test of the European Ground System – Common Core software

ESA has announced that it has successfully operated a spacecraft using its new so-called "space brain." The software is officially called European Ground System - Common Core (EGS-CC). The space agency says the software will be the brain of all European spaceflight operations in the years to come.

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NASA invites the public to watch the Starliner launch virtually

NASA invites the public to watch the Starliner launch virtually

With the new Russian module successfully attached to the ISS, NASA is now turning its attention to the Starliner launch expected to happen early next week. NASA has confirmed that it will provide prelaunch, launch, and docking activities coverage for the Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 mission to the ISS. OFT-2 is the second uncrewed flight test of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft as part of the Commercial Crew Program.

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