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Phobos makes surprise appearance in Hubble Mars photo

Phobos makes surprise appearance in Hubble Mars photo

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recently captured a time lapse of Phobos, a tiny rock-like moon, orbiting around Mars. The resulting composite image of the 13 total exposures shows what appears to be a bright dot of light near Mars...it looks something like a spec of dust that reflected light back at a camera. That 'speck of dust,' though, is a great look at one of the Red Planet's two small moons.

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Street View in Space: Google Maps on the International Space Station

Street View in Space: Google Maps on the International Space Station

Google Street View has escaped Earth and made it to the International Space Station, with the first-person Google Maps add-on venturing out into zero gravity. European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet spent half a year on the ISS, returning to Earth last month. While on the orbiting research platform he captured numerous Street View images which Google has now released publicly.

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SpaceX’s next-gen Dragon won’t have propulsion landings after all

SpaceX’s next-gen Dragon won’t have propulsion landings after all

SpaceX has abandoned plans to use powered landings for its Mars-destined Dragon spacecraft, company CEO Elon Musk recently revealed. The original plan involved utilizing thrusters to help the Dragon land, but a 'tough decision' was made to eliminate that ability, or at least part of it. Musk explains that while the technical ability is still there, it has removed from the design the small legs that would pop out for the spacecraft to land on.

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Ross 128 red dwarf’s signals send scientists’ hearts aflutter

Ross 128 red dwarf’s signals send scientists’ hearts aflutter

You might have an image of outer space as being this vast, empty, and silent vacuum, and, to some extent, you’d be correct. But with the right instruments, you’d discover how much of a noisy party space really is. Radio waves of all kinds travel the vastness of space, taking ages even when traveling at the speed of light. And some of them naturally reach earth, giving scientists data to devour. Last week, however, a red dwarf by the name of Ross 128 in the constellation of Virgo has been sending us some rather strange signals and scientists are only too excited to find out what exactly they are. And no, they don’t think they’re from aliens.

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Japan’s space robot will steal your heart from the ISS

Japan’s space robot will steal your heart from the ISS

Japan's space agency has an adorable ball-shaped camera that looks like something from Wall-E, and it is live on the International Space Station right now. The camera, which is called Int-Ball, comes from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and it qualifies as a camera drone of sorts. Despite its location in space, operators can control this camera drone from Earth.

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Behold Jupiter’s Great Red Spot courtesy of Juno spacecraft

Behold Jupiter’s Great Red Spot courtesy of Juno spacecraft

They were close enough to have kissed. Considering Juno and Jupiter are wife and husband in the Roman pantheon, that analogy is seemingly appropriate. But if the Juno spacecraft were indeed close enough to kiss, and crash into, Jupiter, it would be like kissing one big red pimple. Juno just completed its seventh close flyby of our solar system’s biggest member and it has brought back some close up pictures of the Great Red Spot, the greatest storm we’ll ever see.

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Students will spend 6 months living in a ‘space station’ to test mental effects

Students will spend 6 months living in a ‘space station’ to test mental effects

As part of its mission to send people into space, humanity has to answer many questions, and one of those questions involves whether humans are mentally capable of spending long periods of time within relatively tiny self-sustaining space stations. To help determine this, four university students have volunteered to spend 200 days living inside of a self-sustaining 'space station' located in a Beijing suburb.

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Researchers teleport an object from Earth to space for the first time

Researchers teleport an object from Earth to space for the first time

It may have only been a single photon, but it represents a huge milestone for researchers. For the first time ever, scientists have successfully teleported an object (the photon) from Earth to space, something facilitated by a sort of quantum network. This was made possible in part by the Micius satellite, which was launched into orbit from the Gobi Desert last year.

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NASA will test Earth defense by slamming a spaceship into an asteroid

NASA will test Earth defense by slamming a spaceship into an asteroid

NASA has been working with agencies around the globe to develop a space defense technology that would be used to protect Earth from anticipated asteroid impacts. Though there's no expected impacts in our relatively near future, such a technology may prove vital for protecting humanity in the future, and as such work is underway now to test possible defense methods. One of these tests will be carried out by NASA , and it'll involve slamming a spacecraft into an asteroid to divert its course.

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Japan announces plans to put its own astronaut on the moon

Japan announces plans to put its own astronaut on the moon

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA — the country's equivalent of NASA) announced earlier this week that it was developing plans to put a man on the moon by the year 2030. While the proposal is yet to be approved by the nation's government, if successful it will be the first time a Japanese astronaut is sent on a mission beyond the International Space Station.

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PSA: NASA is not running a child slave colony on Mars

PSA: NASA is not running a child slave colony on Mars

This week a NASA representative was asked whether they were running a child slave colony on Mars. That anyone would believe such a thing is just about as insane as a conspiracy theory gets. Kind of like believing there's a child slave ring being operated out of the basement of a pizza shop which literally has no basement. Much like the source of this rumor, this is all a performance - made for entertainment.

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SpaceX launches, lands second Falcon 9 in 48 hours in extreme weather

SpaceX launches, lands second Falcon 9 in 48 hours in extreme weather

Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night. That USPS battle cry could very well be adopted by SpaceX in the future. Against weather that would have normally caused a cancellation, SpaceX launched a second Falcon 9 just two days after it successfully launched and, more importantly, successfully landed one. And, both through luck and hard work, SpaceX was able to once again successfully land that second rocket, taking them one step closer to the dream of space commerce and tourism.

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