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Asteroid 16 Psyche: A quick primer as NASA enters Phase C

Asteroid 16 Psyche: A quick primer as NASA enters Phase C

Information on the NASA mission to 16 Psyche just became a whole lot more relevant, as we're less than a month away from a key bit of official review approval. In other words - we're still in the planning phase, but we're right at that point of no return, so to speak. The mission is aiming for an asteroid in our local major asteroid belt, an asteroid by the name 16 Psyche - and it's worth around $10,000 quadrillion USD because of the metal in contains.

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Fire extinguisher made for space works by sucking in flames

Fire extinguisher made for space works by sucking in flames

Increasing human activity in space will result in unique situations and open the door for new related innovations. Fire-related accidents are one example of potential space-related issues and researchers with Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan are here with a solution. The team's new fire extinguisher works in reverse, sucking in flames rather than blowing them out.

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Stunning jellyfish galaxy could finally spill its star creation secrets

Stunning jellyfish galaxy could finally spill its star creation secrets

NASA is preparing to study a mesmerizing "jellyfish" galaxy in unprecedented detail, with the James Webb Space Telescope aiming to unlock the secrets of how - and why - it formed. ESO 137-001 doesn't have the most memorable name, but the distant galaxy has been the subject of longstanding investigation as astronomers explore the origins of stars.

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Incredibly grainy video surfaces of SpaceX Crew Dragon “anomaly”

Incredibly grainy video surfaces of SpaceX Crew Dragon “anomaly”

Yesterday we talked a bit about a serious failure of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule during testing. The capsule suffered an explosion and spewed orange-colored smoke at Cape Canaveral where the capsule was being tested. NASA said of the explosion "This is why we Test."

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SpaceX Crew Dragon suffered smoky ‘anomaly’ during recent engine test

SpaceX Crew Dragon suffered smoky ‘anomaly’ during recent engine test

On Saturday, the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft experienced an 'anomaly' during an engine test fire, according to the company, which resulted in a large plume of smoke appearing in Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA has issued a statement on the matter, saying, "This is why we test." The Crew Dragon successfully traveled to the International Space Station in March and was scheduled to carry astronauts in July.

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NASA finally launched bees into space

NASA finally launched bees into space

Robotic bees, oh god! This is just like that time Homer Simpson brought a bag of chips on a space flight and crashed into an ant farm! Actually it's not quite that intense - but it's nearly that entertaining. What we're looking at today is a pair of what NASA calls "Astrobees". These computers were made to assist ISS astronauts in their daily research tasks in microgravity.

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Green fireball spotted over US East Coast: Here are the videos

Green fireball spotted over US East Coast: Here are the videos

Earlier this week, many people along the East Coast of the United States reported seeing a fireball streaking through the night sky. The flaming object was only visible for a few seconds, but that was long enough for it to be captured by a number of dash cameras. Though reports of fireballs in the sky aren't uncommon, this week's event was notable for one reason: the flashing object appeared green.

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SOFIA detects the first type of molecule ever formed in the universe

SOFIA detects the first type of molecule ever formed in the universe

NASA has announced an incredible discovery using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA. It discovered the first type of molecule formed in the universe in space for the first time. SOFIA isn't a satellite or spacecraft, it's an instrument inside of an aircraft that flies high above the Earth's surface and points instruments into space.

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NASA tweaks ISS crew roster leading to record-setting flight

NASA tweaks ISS crew roster leading to record-setting flight

NASA has announced that it and its partners are making some changes to the schedule and crew assignments for the ISS. The changes will see NASA astronaut Jessica Meir making her first flight to the ISS. Astronaut Andrew Morgan will see his stay aboard the ISS extended.

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TESS spacecraft discovered an Earth-sized planet 53 light-years away

TESS spacecraft discovered an Earth-sized planet 53 light-years away

NASA is bragging on the TESS (Transitioning Exoplanet Survey Satellite) spacecraft as it has discovered its very first Earth-sized world. TESS has found a planet dubbed HD 21749c that scientists say is about 89% of Earth's diameter making it a bit smaller than our planet. The planet orbits a star called HD 21749.

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Watch these mice go bonkers in space

Watch these mice go bonkers in space

I demand that you watch what these mice do when they're sent in a cage to outer space, courtesy of NASA and a brand new study. This new study is aiming to gain insight from stying mouse adaptations to microgravity. If you've read the book Ender's Game, you probably already know what you're about to see.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy center core stuck the landing before sliding into the abyss

SpaceX Falcon Heavy center core stuck the landing before sliding into the abyss

SpaceX has been very successful of late with pretty much everything it does. The company had a successful test of its Crew Dragon capsule not long ago that saw the capsule safely splashdown in the ocean. SpaceX has had great success with landing the reusable core sections of its Falcon rockets on a floating barge out in the ocean. Unfortunately, things didn't go well for the recent recovery of the Falcon Heavy center core.

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