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NASA explains how it’ll know when InSight touches down on Mars

NASA explains how it’ll know when InSight touches down on Mars

NASA has detailed how its team will know when the InSight lander touches down on the Red Planet. The process was recently explained by scientists with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which has been tasked with managing the mission for the space agency's Science Mission Directorate. Assuming everything goes according to plan, InSight lander will make touch down on November 26.

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Cygnus ISS cargo launch will be livestreamed on NASA TV tomorrow

Cygnus ISS cargo launch will be livestreamed on NASA TV tomorrow

NASA plans to livestream Northrop Grumman's Cygnus cargo capsule launch early tomorrow morning. The launch is scheduled to take place from Virginia at around 4AM on Saturday and NASA is already prepared to broadcast it to the world. Anyone will be able to stream the live launch broadcast through NASA's Television website.

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Russian Progress 71 spacecraft successfully launches with ISS cargo

Russian Progress 71 spacecraft successfully launches with ISS cargo

Russia's Progress 71 spacecraft has launched with three tons of supplies destined for the International Space Station. The launch took place from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome a little after 1PM EST today. Everything went as planned, according to NASA, which says the spacecraft successfully entered preliminary orbit, deployed its solar arrays, and deployed the antennas used for navigation.

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NASA JPL says recent signal was not from Mars Opportunity rover

NASA JPL says recent signal was not from Mars Opportunity rover

Earlier today, an unofficial bot tracking NASA Deep Space Network activity published a tweet stating that data was being transmitted by the Opportunity rover, which fell silent during a global dust storm on Mars this past summer. The tweet briefly raised hope that the rover had recharged and made contact, but NASA has some bad news.

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SpaceX Es’hail-2 satellite launch successfully reused a Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX Es’hail-2 satellite launch successfully reused a Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX successfully launched Qatar's Es'hail-2 satellite today, marking its first mission for the state. The launch involved a Falcon 9 rocket, which lifted off the from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida this afternoon. The Falcon 9 rocket was then successfully landed on one of SpaceX's drone ships for reuse at a later date.

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Russian nuclear rocket engine aims for the ultimate reusability

Russian nuclear rocket engine aims for the ultimate reusability

One of the keys to making space travel between planets more achievable is to make rockets more powerful and reusable. A rocket that can be reused makes space mission of all sorts cheaper. SpaceX has done a good job with this for its Falcon rockets and the Falcon Heavy that it plans to launch in 2020 with its first government payload aboard. While SpaceX and others are using current technology for their rocket engines, a Russian research group claims to have created a rocket engine that uses new tech.

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Frozen Super-Earth discovered orbiting nearby Barnard’s star

Frozen Super-Earth discovered orbiting nearby Barnard’s star

Astronomers have announced the discovery of a frozen Super-Earth orbiting Barnard's star, a single star closest to the Sun. According to the study, which included a handful of researchers with the Carnegie Institution for Science, the Super-Earth has a mass that is at least 3.2 times greater than our own planet; the orbit around its star lasts only 233 days and its surface temperature is estimated to be a frigid -150 degrees Celsius.

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Gaia satellite spots dim, low-density galaxy hiding in the Milky Way’s shadow

Gaia satellite spots dim, low-density galaxy hiding in the Milky Way’s shadow

Massive amounts of data are generated by orbiting scientific platforms like the Hubble, and the ESA's Gaia satellite; so much data that it often takes years for researchers to pour through. An international team of astronomers were pouring through Gaia data recently and discovered a massive "ghost" galaxy hiding behind the shroud of the Milky Way's disc. The new galaxy has been named Antila 2 or Ant 2 and is said to be an extremely low-density galaxy.

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NASA says Mars’ global dust storm is finally over

NASA says Mars’ global dust storm is finally over

NASA says the global dust storm on Mars that incapacitated its Opportunity rover has finally ended. The space agency made the determination based on tau, which is the amount of sunlight that manages to penetrate the hazy dust in the planet's atmosphere. According to the agency's latest update, the measurement is now back to normal.

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Autodesk and NASA use AI to design spider-like interplanetary lander

Autodesk and NASA use AI to design spider-like interplanetary lander

Autodesk teamed with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to design an interplanetary lander concept that looks like a giant spider. Unlike the Mars rovers, Autodesk's concept lander is designed to travel hundreds of millions of miles into space for anticipated future missions near Saturn and Jupiter. The project involves machine learning and experimental generative design technologies.

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These terrifying NASA photos show the California Camp Fire raging

These terrifying NASA photos show the California Camp Fire raging

NASA has released shocking photos of the California Camp Fire, showing the spread of the record-breaking blaze from space. Already named the state's most destructive fire in recorded history, although the Camp Fire only began on November 8, it has already spread to a whopping 125,000 acres in size.

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ESA ExoMars mission leans towards Oxia Planum for Mars landing site

ESA ExoMars mission leans towards Oxia Planum for Mars landing site

The ESA is working on a mission that will put another rover on the surface of Mars with launch aiming at 2020. The ExoMars Landing Site Selection Working Grop has now issued its recommendation on a landing site for that mission; the landing site is a location called Oxia Planum. The final step in the selection process is an internal review by the ESA and Roscosmos.

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