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Rare near-Earth binary asteroid features two massive space rocks

Rare near-Earth binary asteroid features two massive space rocks

In December 2017, the Cadi Ayyad University Morocco Oukaimeden Sky Survey discovered a space object dubbed 2017 YES. Not much was known about the object at that time, but thanks to some of the world's biggest radio telescopes, we now have an answer: it is a binary asteroid. According to NASA, which has published a GIF of the actual asteroids, this is one of only four near-Earth binary asteroids with similar masses ever spotted.

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Scientists figure out how to split water into hydrogen and oxygen in space

Scientists figure out how to split water into hydrogen and oxygen in space

Some of the biggest challenges with sending humans to distant planets like Mars comes in being able to get enough fuel, water, and oxygen onto the spacecraft and habitats needed to support humans. Scientists have now shown that it is possible to split water into hydrogen and oxygen in space. The hydrogen can be used for fuel for spacecraft while the oxygen is for supporting life.

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NASA details ‘spiders’ on Mars with crazy new photo

NASA details ‘spiders’ on Mars with crazy new photo

NASA has released an image showing "spiders" on Mars, small darks spots on the reddish landscape with tendrils one could easily perceive as tiny legs. The marks were captured by the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in mid-May at Mars' south pole during the planet's winter season. The "spiders" make their appearance as the season turns to spring, dotting the terrain.

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MeerKAT radio telescope captures clearest image of galaxy’s center

MeerKAT radio telescope captures clearest image of galaxy’s center

A 64-dish radio telescope called MeerKAT has been fired up in Carnarvon, South Africa. In the future, MeerKAT will be part of a larger instrument called Square Kilometer Array (SKA), a massive multi-radio telescope project expected to span about one square kilometer, which is what the SKA name refers to. The project won't be fully operational until the end of the next decade, but will be the most powerful of its kind when that day comes.

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Scientists discover source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos for the first time

Scientists discover source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos for the first time

A group of scientists has for the first time located a source of high-energy neutrinos. Neutrinos are elementary particles that can travel billions of light years across the universe and can pass through stars, planets, and galaxies without being affected. The search for the location of a single neutrino began when it was recorded by the IceCube neutrino telescope at the South Pole.

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Boeing, SpaceX delays have NASA scrambling for crew contingency plan

Boeing, SpaceX delays have NASA scrambling for crew contingency plan

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report detailing the NASA Commercial Crew Program and delays its two contracted companies, Boeing and SpaceX, are experiencing. Both space companies are behind schedule, with the report revealing that NASA anticipates Boeing being slightly closer to completion than SpaceX.

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Scientists say rare black hole-neutron stars could identify rate of universe’s expansion

Scientists say rare black hole-neutron stars could identify rate of universe’s expansion

Scientists say that the universe has been expanding ever since it came into existence about 13.8 billion years ago. As the universe expands the planets, galaxies, and stars have been carried along with it. Scientists have long tried to measure the rate of expansion in the universe.

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Russian Progress resupply mission docks with ISS hours after launch

Russian Progress resupply mission docks with ISS hours after launch

The ISS had a resupply mission recently that lifted off in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz-2.1a booster. The resupply mission was Progress MS-09. About nine minutes after liftoff, the three-stage rocket released the Progress MS-09 spacecraft to continue its trip to the ISS.

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Airbus Fetch Rover could return Mars rocks to Earth

Airbus Fetch Rover could return Mars rocks to Earth

The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA are working together to get specs for a rover that could one day cruise the surface of Mars. Aircraft maker Airbus is conducting feasibility studies on a rover called the "fetch rover." This concept rover is meant o be able to mine Martian rocks and send it back to Earth for hands-on study.

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Virgin Galactic plans Italy spaceport for future space travelers

Virgin Galactic plans Italy spaceport for future space travelers

Richard Branson's space company Virgin Galactic has announced a new deal that with bring spaceflights to Italy, where the company plans to build a spaceport for future suborbital launches. The company is keeping its headquarters in New Mexico, where it has its Spaceport America facility. ENAC, Italy's aviation authority, has already chosen a location for the future flights.

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NASA Kepler spacecraft very low on fuel, put into hibernation mode

NASA Kepler spacecraft very low on fuel, put into hibernation mode

NASA has announced that its Kepler team has put the spacecraft into a state similar to hibernation. The decision to put Kepler into the hibernation-like state was due to a recent "indication" that it is "very low" on fuel. During this low-power state, the space agency's team will prepare to download scientific data gathered by the spacecraft, after which point it may continue onto a new mission.

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Mars’ global dust storm size visualized in new animation

Mars’ global dust storm size visualized in new animation

A new animation helps us visualize just how massive the Mars dust storm is. This storm, which obscured the Sun and resulted in NASA's Opportunity rover going into a deep sleep, at one point was "only" as big as North America. In the weeks following that detail, NASA continued to update the public on this storm's size, using countries as a reference. A new image, though, shows us exactly how much of the Red Planet is covered by this storm.

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