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Astronomers discover scorching pi planet with 3.14-day orbit

Astronomers discover scorching pi planet with 3.14-day orbit

Researchers at MIT worked with scientists from other institutions to discover a new planet that is earth-sized and orbits its parent star in only 3.14 days. The so-called "pi planet" was first discovered in 2017 when Kepler's K2 mission discovered signals of the planet. This year, researchers zeroed in on the system using SPECULOOS, which is a network of ground-based telescopes.

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NASA says rocky asteroid Bennu is home to chunks of another asteroid

NASA says rocky asteroid Bennu is home to chunks of another asteroid

NASA has released the latest update on its OSIRI-REx mission, which involves a spacecraft that is closely orbiting a very rocky, somewhat angular asteroid called Bennu. The space agency explains that Bennu is an asteroid made of rubble from other space rocks; it is the result of some massive collision in the past. Studying the rubble has revealed the presence of meteorites that originated from another -- and much larger -- asteroid nearby.

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This one-of-a-kind comet aurora could help make crewed Mars missions safer

This one-of-a-kind comet aurora could help make crewed Mars missions safer

A mysterious ultraviolet glow spotted for the first time around a comet could help pave the way to protecting astronauts from solar radiation, NASA has said today. The new research into data gathered by the Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko overturns an old theory about the unusually-shaped rock's aura, and presents a far more fascinating possibility.

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ESA shares a new view of Saturn’s moon Enceladus

ESA shares a new view of Saturn’s moon Enceladus

The European Space Agency (ESA) has created a global infrared mosaic of the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The mosaic was created using a complete dataset from the Casini spacecraft that orbited Saturn and its moons between 2004 and 2017. Cassini's mission ended after the spacecraft was intentionally sent into the atmosphere of the planet.

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NASA requests white papers to help choose Artemis science operations

NASA requests white papers to help choose Artemis science operations

One of the biggest missions NASA is working on today is getting prepared for the Artemis mission that will return humans to the moon. NASA recently requested science white papers to help the agency design a framework for the Artemis mission's science operations. One of the proposals suggests astronauts on the mission should bring back samples of lunar ice and samples of lunar regolith.

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Contest wants to send a reality show winner to the ISS

Contest wants to send a reality show winner to the ISS

People seem to be getting more interested in the International Space Station in recent months. There's talk of a new venture that would host a reality TV show. The winner of that reality TV show would be sent to the ISS in orbit above the earth. The television production company pushing the contest is called Space Hero LLC.

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NASA says Artemis astronauts may not visit the lunar South Pole

NASA says Artemis astronauts may not visit the lunar South Pole

NASA has had a primary focus for many months on putting astronauts back on the moon in 2024. The space agency originally said that the astronauts would be placed on the moon's south pole, but that may be changing. The Artemis program's landing site was the subject of two separate events held by agency leaders recently. The first was with NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine in a digital meeting held by the NASA advisory group called the Letter Exploration Analysis Group.

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Roscosmos director says Venus is a Russian planet

Roscosmos director says Venus is a Russian planet

Officials in Russia have been up to some shenanigans, seemingly trying to lay claim to an entire planet. Last week the Director-General of the Russian space corporation, Roscosmos, claimed that Venus was a Russian planet. Director-General Dmitry Rogozin told reporters that resuming the exploration of Venus was on Russia's agenda.

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ESA funds Hera mission as part of planetary defense project with NASA

ESA funds Hera mission as part of planetary defense project with NASA

The European Space Agency has announced the funding of Hera, its part of the overall AIDA mission it will participate in with NASA. The Hera mission will involve sending a probe to investigate the impact of a NASA mission on an asteroid, two aspects of an overall mission designed to help protect our planet from asteroids. The awarded contract covers spacecraft design and more.

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NASA talks about new precision landing technology that needs no pilot

NASA talks about new precision landing technology that needs no pilot

One of the riskiest parts of exploring another planet or moon is the landing. Often, landing sites, particularly on the moon, are covered in rocks and craters. NASA has robotic and crewed missions to the moon, and Mars planned for the future. One challenge of the landing process is avoiding landing on the steep slope of a crater or in a boulder field.

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NASA says Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has a cousin and it’s changing color

NASA says Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has a cousin and it’s changing color

NASA has published the most recent up-close image of Jupiter, the massive planet covered with beautiful, terrifying storms. The image was captured on August 25 by the Hubble Space Telescope, giving researchers an updated look at the planet and its recent changes. Most notable among those changes is, according to NASA, the Great Red Spot's 'cousin' and its morphing color.

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SpaceX scrubs today’s Starlink satellite launch

SpaceX scrubs today’s Starlink satellite launch

SpaceX has scrubbed today's scheduled launch of its latest rocket, which was meant to deploy a new batch of Starlink satellites for its upcoming internet service. The launch had been meant to take place on Thursday afternoon, September 17, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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