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SpaceX launches NASA cargo for the ISS: Here’s what they sent

SpaceX launches NASA cargo for the ISS: Here’s what they sent

SpaceX has once again successfully launched a large load of NASA cargo destined for the International Space Station. The launch happened on Thursday, December 6, from the Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 40. Assuming everything goes according to plan, the cargo vessel will arrive at the ISS this weekend, bringing astronauts their latest batch of supplies and experiments.

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NASA is studying asteroid Bennu to figure out why it’s ejecting particles

NASA is studying asteroid Bennu to figure out why it’s ejecting particles

Shortly after the NASA OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at the asteroid known as Bennu, it discovered something mysterious. The asteroid is active and is continuously discharging particles into space. NASA wants to gather samples from the asteroid, but it also wants to figure out why Bennu is continuously discharging particles into space.

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NASA reveals the four best sample sites on asteroid Bennu

NASA reveals the four best sample sites on asteroid Bennu

As we recently reported, NASA is busy determining the best possible location for its OSIRIS-REx mission to pluck a sample from the rocky asteroid Bennu. After quite a bit of work, the team behind the mission has narrowed down the list of candidates to four favorable locations, two of which will eventually be declared the primary and backup locations for collecting the sample.

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A gas giant has been found orbiting a white dwarf for the first time

A gas giant has been found orbiting a white dwarf for the first time

The first evidence of a gas giant planet orbiting a white dwarf star has been found by scientists using the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT). The gas giant orbits the hot white dwarf star, which is said to be the remnants of a star that was once much like our Sun. The scientists say that this solar system hints at what our own may look like in the distant future.

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NASA details Parker Solar Probe’s groundbreaking Sun discoveries

NASA details Parker Solar Probe’s groundbreaking Sun discoveries

NASA has announced the publication of four new studies detailing data collected by its Park Solar Probe, the spacecraft that is moving increasingly closer to our blazing hot star. According to the space agency, information gathered by its solar probe is revealing entirely new details about the Sun, ultimately paving the way for a rewrite of the models used to predict space weather, among other things.

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NASA shows off the robot hotel it’s sending into space

NASA shows off the robot hotel it’s sending into space

NASA has shown off the 'robot hotel' that it is sending into space as part of the SpaceX commercial resupply mission scheduled to launch tomorrow. The robot hotel is designed to be mounted on the outside of the International Space Station where it will protect important hardware from the dangers of space. By working together, the robot hotel and instruments will help protect the ISS's valuable systems.

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This voracious black hole is so vast, physics says it should be impossible

This voracious black hole is so vast, physics says it should be impossible

Astronomers with the Chinese Academy of Sciences have announced the discovery of a black hole within our galaxy that they claim has a mass 70 times greater than our Sun. The startling discovery dashes what was previously believed to be the upper limit for a black hole's mass -- one typically thought to top out at around 20 times the mass of our Sun.

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NASA spots lost Vikram lunar lander’s impact site on the Moon

NASA spots lost Vikram lunar lander’s impact site on the Moon

Days after officials in India provided additional details on the fate of the nation's Vikram lunar lander, NASA has shared a series of images that confirm the vehicle crashed onto the Moon's surface. The lander's impact site looks like a dark shadow on the pocked lunar surface; NASA has generated an animation showing the before and after images to help the public understand what they're seeing.

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Chinese scientists discover massive black hole in our Galaxy

Chinese scientists discover massive black hole in our Galaxy

Scientists estimate that in the Milky Way Galaxy, there are about 100 million black holes. Scientists generally accept that black holes in our Galaxy could be no more than 20 times the mass of the Sun. A new discovery by a group of scientists led by a Chinese team has challenged that notion.

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Astronaut remotely navigates rover through obstacle course from ISS

Astronaut remotely navigates rover through obstacle course from ISS

The European Space Agency has announced that astronaut Luca Parmitano successfully navigated a rover through an obstacle course to collect a rock sample all the way from the International Space Station. The obstacle course was located in the Netherlands where the test took place on Monday. The ESA developed the technology used to remotely operate rovers from space.

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NASA details massive Mars dust towers as wide as Nevada

NASA details massive Mars dust towers as wide as Nevada

NASA's rovers were able to observe the global dust storm on Mars last year that ultimately brought Opportunity rover's mission to an end. Though they're known to scientists, these global dust storms are relatively rare, happening only once every decade or so. Last year's global storm gave NASA scientists the chance to study the weather, shedding light on the formation of massive dust spires that NASA calls 'dust towers.'

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India offers new insight into failed lunar lander mission

India offers new insight into failed lunar lander mission

India had big dreams of becoming only the fourth nation to land on the moon. Things went smoothly with its Chandrayaan-2 orbiter up to the point where the spacecraft sent the lander down to the surface of the moon. Had things gone as planned, the rover would have roamed the unexplored south pole of the moon.

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