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LEGO ISS International Space Station released for real

LEGO ISS International Space Station released for real

The LEGO Ideas ISS (International Space Station) was revealed as a build-ready, in-store, consumer-ready set this week. This build was made on the micro-level, which means it's got a pair of 2 astronaut microfigures that'll live in the base of the set near its user-built stand. This system is both incredibly detailed and surprisingly simple - an instant classic, for sure.

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NASA says goodbye to the Spitzer Space Telescope after 16-years

NASA says goodbye to the Spitzer Space Telescope after 16-years

NASA has been using the Spitzer Space Telescope to study the heavens for over a decade and a half. The space agency is now ready to retire Spitzer and is celebrating the successful 16-year mission of the telescope. A live program will be hosted at 10 am PST Wednesday, January 22, to celebrate Spitzer.

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ESA makes oxygen out of simulated moondust

ESA makes oxygen out of simulated moondust

One of the significant challenges for putting humans for long durations on the Moon or other planets is in getting enough breathable air. ESA scientists have begun to produce oxygen out of simulated moondust. A prototype oxygen plant has been set up in the Materials and Electrical Components Laboratory of the European Space Research and Technology Center in the Netherlands.

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Lexus design concepts imagine how we’ll travel on the moon

Lexus design concepts imagine how we’ll travel on the moon

Much of the focus on lunar space travel is spent on getting to the moon because, of course, we need to get there and establish a base first before anything else. But once we've settled down, how are we going to get around our new lunar home? That's the question that Lexus has sought to answer with a set of concept design sketches that are figuratively and literally out of this world. Some of them we'd probably wished wasn't so out of reach.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon escape test success could lead to Spring crewed flight

SpaceX Crew Dragon escape test success could lead to Spring crewed flight

By now, SpaceX is quite famous for launching rockets that land safely back on earth to be reused again. Last Sunday, however, it let a Falcon 9 rocket explode and actually got congratulated for it. That's really because the expensive rocket wasn't the focus of the launch. Instead, SpaceX was testing the Crew Dragon's escape system that could hopefully save even more precious lives when the capsule does make its first manned flight in a few months.

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ESA finally solves its Huygens probe’s Titan landing mystery

ESA finally solves its Huygens probe’s Titan landing mystery

The European Space Agency has finally discovered what went wrong during the descent of the Huygens probe it sent to Saturn's moon Titan as part of the Cassini-Huygens mission launched in 1997. Both the Cassini and the Huygens missions were successful, but the latter didn't perform without issue: the ESA says its probe started spinning the wrong direction during descent, a mystery that has now been solved.

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NASA project envisions space houses made out of fungus

NASA project envisions space houses made out of fungus

NASA's Ames Research Center in California is developing and testing prototype technologies that may enable future explorers to 'grow' their own houses for use in Moon and Mars colonies. The system would involve the mycelia produced by a fungus -- the white thread-like structures that grow underground before eventually producing the fruits we refer to as mushrooms. These technologies also have the potential for creating sustainable structures on Earth.

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A new class of objects discovered orbiting Sagittarius A black hole

A new class of objects discovered orbiting Sagittarius A black hole

Astronomers from the UCLA Galactic Center Orbits Initiative have discovered a new class of objects that are orbiting the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. That black hole is called Sagittarius A, and the team says that the bizarre objects look like gas and behave like stars.

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Asteroid discovered that orbits inside the orbit of Venus

Asteroid discovered that orbits inside the orbit of Venus

Astronomers at Caltech have made an interesting discovery using the Caltech Zwicky Transient Facility or ZTF. ZTF is a survey camera that is based at the Palomar observatory. What the researchers have discovered is a new asteroid, dubbed 2020 AV2, that orbits entirely within the orbit of Venus. The scientist say the only way the asteroid will ever get out of its orbit is if it is flung out via a gravitational encounter with Mercury or Venus.

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NASA tests VIPER lunar rover to prepare for future water mission

NASA tests VIPER lunar rover to prepare for future water mission

At its Glenn Researcher Center in Cleveland, NASA researchers tested a rover called 'VIPER' that will be used to search for water ice at the Moon's south pole. The robot is officially called the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover; it is around the size of an ordinary golf cart, according to the space agency, and it was designed by engineers with NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas.

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Scientists discover stardust older than the Sun in a meteorite

Scientists discover stardust older than the Sun in a meteorite

Fifty years ago, in Australia, scientists discovered a meteorite that has been under study. The team has now found that the stardust inside the meteorite formed between 5 and 7 billion years ago. That makes it the oldest material ever found on Earth. Scientist Philipp Heck says that the material is the oldest ever found and that it tells about how stars formed in our galaxy.

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A new source of magnetic storms is closer to Earth than expected

A new source of magnetic storms is closer to Earth than expected

Magnetic storms have the potential to impact the daily lives of people all around the globe and to threaten satellites. A new study from the NASA THEMIS mission team has shown that magnetic storms can originate much closer to Earth than previously thought. The study is the first to show that the storms can form close to Earth and to indicate that the storms could overlap the orbits of weather, communication, and GPS satellites.

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