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Super Snow Moon 2019: When to see February’s supermoon

Super Snow Moon 2019: When to see February’s supermoon

Another supermoon will arrive this week following the celestial event late last month. Starting tonight, sky-gazers will get a change to see the brightest moon of 2019, one called the "super snow moon." This supermoon will be at its closest point to Earth tomorrow, February 19, though it will appear notably brighter and larger than usual on the days before and after, as well.

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This stressed asteroid could put a new spin on NASA’s comet blasting plan

This stressed asteroid could put a new spin on NASA’s comet blasting plan

Groundbreaking analysis of a distant, fast-moving comet has revealed new details in how asteroids form, shedding light on the formation of unusual shapes and, potentially, paving the way for more effective protection of the Earth from meteor impacts. The asteroid, Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, is around 2.7 miles across and moving at as much as 84,000 miles per hour, but scientists have long been fascinated by its unusual shape.

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China plans to deploy a solar power station in space

China plans to deploy a solar power station in space

China has announced that it plans to build a solar power station that will orbit the Earth and send power back to Earth for use. China has become with this announcement the first country to plan a solar power station in space. The station would orbit the Earth at 36,000 km.

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NASA to 3D print sensors, wireless circuit on a single silicon

NASA to 3D print sensors, wireless circuit on a single silicon

3D printing has been a real game changer in the modern world. It has made it possible to fabricate all kinds of objects without being subject to the mercy of large production lines. One can even 3D print food to some extent. Now researchers funded by NASA will apply that technology and manufacturing approach to print sensors and even a partial circuitry for wireless communication on a single board that's no larger than your phone.

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Scientists discover more accurate way to calculate the Universe’s matter

Scientists discover more accurate way to calculate the Universe’s matter

When it comes to understanding exactly how much matter makes up our universe, scientists have long had to overestimate the total based on what they've found with existing calculations. This is because, for decades, it's been believed that as much as a third of the universe's matter hasn't yet been accounted for. This could soon change, however, as astronomers working together from Harvard and Hungary’s Eötvös University have found a new technique for identifying missing matter.

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NASA to buy seats on Russian Soyuz through 2020 for ISS trips

NASA to buy seats on Russian Soyuz through 2020 for ISS trips

NASA has been using the Russian Soyuz vehicle for trips to the International Space Station since 2011, but it's working to change that with its commercial crew program. Despite progress, a safety panel published a report last year pointing toward delays in the program, warning that NASA needed a contingency plan in order to avoid disruption to its ISS operations. The solution is Russian's Soyuz spacecraft.

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Watch out zero-gravity trash, the space harpoon is coming

Watch out zero-gravity trash, the space harpoon is coming

Ever since we humans started launching ourselves in space, junk has been accumulating in orbit around the Earth. There are more than 7,600 tons of space junk circling our plant, the product of old launches or long-dead satellites. It's a growing concern for scientists since that space junk can collide with satellites we rely on and take them out of commission, so at some point, it's going to need to be cleaned up. One of the ways we might do that is with harpoons.

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NASA commercial lunar payload service CLPS starts this year

NASA commercial lunar payload service CLPS starts this year

This year NASA wants to get their Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) started, and it want it to happen as fast as possible. In fact, they want it to happen so fast, "We do not expect that every one of those launches, or every one of those landings, will be successful." That was said by Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, who spoke up about the future of lunar delivery on a webcast. "We care about speed. We want to start taking shots on goal."

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NASA space sensor tech could light a rocket under smartphones

NASA space sensor tech could light a rocket under smartphones

Technologist Mahmooda Sultana created the design for a nanomaterial-based detector platform. Because of her work, combined with a next-gen 3D printing program, a new generation in computing may be about to emerge. It all centers on the 2-inch by 3-inch device able to detect minute concentrations of gases, vapor, atmospheric pressure, and temperature.

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NASA’s MacGyver of sensors is a 3D printed nanomaterial marvel

NASA’s MacGyver of sensors is a 3D printed nanomaterial marvel

A potentially groundbreaking nanomaterial sensor could revolutionize how NASA explores planets, dramatically shrinking existing technologies into a far more capable form-factor. After refinement, the 3D printed sensor could find itself equipping future NASA missions to the moon and Mars, monitoring astronauts, and on the robotic arms of robots like the ill-fated Opportunity rover.

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NASA SPHEREx mission aims to investigate the origins and evolution of the universe

NASA SPHEREx mission aims to investigate the origins and evolution of the universe

NASA has announced that it has selected a new space mission with a target launch for 2023. The new mission is called SPHEREx, which stands for Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer. The mission is planned to last two years and is funded at $242 million.

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Van Allen Probes enter last phase of radiation belt exploration

Van Allen Probes enter last phase of radiation belt exploration

NASA has announced that the twin Van Allen Probes that have been orbiting the Earth for over six years are entering their final phase of exploration. The probes have been exploring the Earth's radiation belts since they launched in 2012. During their mission, the Van Allen Probes have confirmed scientific theories and revealed new structures and processes to scientists.

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