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Supermassive black hole is the most distant one ever spotted

Supermassive black hole is the most distant one ever spotted

Researchers have spotted the most distant supermassive black hole ever spied from Earth, one that has a mass 800 million times greater than the mass of our own Sun. According to the team, this supermassive black hole's light comes from when the universe was only 5% as old as it is now. The black hole is located in a luminous quasar from 690 million years after the Big Bang, shedding some light on the early universe.

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Mars rover images show round balls, stirring up new conspiracies

Mars rover images show round balls, stirring up new conspiracies

NASA's Mars rover has provided humans with a slew of images from the Red Planet and you can freely search through them if you have the free time. That's exactly what some people do, analyzing hundreds of Mars images in search of oddities. Some of those oddities have resulted in big conspiracy theories, but perhaps none are so intriguing as the "metal balls" spotted in some Mars photos.

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Researchers create spacesuit with “Take Me Home” button

Researchers create spacesuit with “Take Me Home” button

Researchers from a company called Draper have created a way for astronauts to avoid being lost in space no matter how disoriented they become. The researchers have created a "fool-proof way to return to the spacecraft" according to Kevin Duda, a space systems engineer at the company. Duda and his team have studied astronauts on the ISS and filed for a patent for a system that ensures self-return too the spacecraft even when no one is available to rescue them.

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ISS crew video shows how to make and eat pizza in space

ISS crew video shows how to make and eat pizza in space

The International Space Station crew recently made some pizzas in microgravity, filming the fun for everyone on Earth to enjoy. It's a pizza night unlike any other, involving assembling pizzas while the ingredients try to float away. If that sounds like fun, just watch the video they shared: the completed pizzas are tossed past a camera, where they slowly float in the microgravity environment, their ingredients held on by sauce.

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Voyager 1’s thrusters still after 37 years of sleep

Voyager 1’s thrusters still after 37 years of sleep

Considering how the odds were stacked against it, Voyager 1’s new lease on life, even if just three years at most, is nothing short of a miracle. The spacecraft has been traveling space for 40 years and, since 2012, has left our solar system, becoming the first and so far only man-made interstellar object. So when crucial parts of it start failing, there is almost no hope. Fortunately, Voyager 1 seems to refuse to give up the ghost and its backup thrusters have been successfully fired up, even after being left unused for 37 years.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy test launch delayed until early 2018

SpaceX Falcon Heavy test launch delayed until early 2018

SpaceX has delayed the test launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket until early 2018, a slight postponement from the originally planned late December date. SpaceX has confirmed that the test launch is now scheduled to happen in January, making it only a minor setback. However, the rocket's static fire test will take place this month before the upcoming test launch.

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Supermoon 2017: here’s how to watch the December 3 event

Supermoon 2017: here’s how to watch the December 3 event

This December 3, stargazers will be greeted with a special treat: the 2017 supermoon. The celestial event will be visible for anyone who is located somewhere without dense cloud cover, marking the final notable moon appearance of the year. The supermoon gets its name from the fact that the lunar orbit will be very close to Earth when the full moon takes place.

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Budweiser will send barley to ISS for space brewing experiments

Budweiser will send barley to ISS for space brewing experiments

Following Anheuser-Busch's previous announcement about brewing beer on Mars comes an update that'll actually get the project started. The company has revealed that it will send barley to the International Space Station early next month for a series of experiments in space. This will help the company understand how microgravity affects the ingredients used to make Budweiser beer.

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Man Plans to launch himself in a steam-powered rocket

Man Plans to launch himself in a steam-powered rocket

A 61-year-old man called "Mad" Mike Hughes has spent about $20,000 on the construction of a rocket that is powered by steam. The man plans to fly the rocket over a ghost town in California called Amboy. If you are worried for Hughes, you aren’t alone.

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Our first interstellar visitor is a long, ominous asteroid

Our first interstellar visitor is a long, ominous asteroid

Asteroids passing us by, and even potentially sending us to our deaths, is not news even for astronomers. But one that comes from outside our solar system definitely is. That is exactly why the asteroid named `Oumuamua has astronomers all over the world scampering when it passed by almost undetected. In addition to the asteroid’s unusual shape, `Oumuamua has been estimated to have been traveling hundreds of millions of years before its chance, and probably only, encounter with our solar system.

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Mars streaks are probably caused by dust and sand, not water

Mars streaks are probably caused by dust and sand, not water

Mars photos show an interesting landscape feature: dark streaks that appear to show flowing movement, which some thought may be water. A new study says that is probably not the case, though, instead being more likely attributed to dry flow processes. This is based in part on assessments made with the Mars orbiter's telescopic camera. That's bad news in the hunt for microbes, unfortunately.

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NASA Earth time lapse shows 20 years of seasonal changes in 2.5 minutes

NASA Earth time lapse shows 20 years of seasonal changes in 2.5 minutes

A new NASA time lapse shows 20 years of seasonal landscape changes around the globe, condensing the years down to a mere 2.5 minutes. Though NASA is known primarily for its space missions, the agency focuses extensively on Earth science, too, training a variety of satellites down toward our own planet. The content presented in this new video was gathered by NASA satellites every year since 1997.

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