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LIGO looks to the future after detecting second round of gravitational waves

LIGO looks to the future after detecting second round of gravitational waves

Back in September of 2015, physicists operating the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory or LIGO for short detected the first round of gravitational waves seemingly proving Einstein's theory of General Relativity. Before scientists could prove that gravitational waves existed and the first discovery wasn't a fluke, they needed to find a second round of the waves, which they did earlier this month. After proving that the first find wasn’t a fluke, the LIGO team is looking to the future.

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Blue Origin successfully lands 4th rocket, crew capsule survives crash

Blue Origin successfully lands 4th rocket, crew capsule survives crash

Just a few hours ago, private space agency Blue Origin conducted a fourth launch of its New Shepard rocket, once again successfully landing in an upright position after reaching the edge of space. This launch, which took place at roughly 10:30am ET, also saw several 'firsts,' including Blue Origin live streaming the whole event, as well as the crew capsule undergoing an intentional parachute failure to test its ability to survive.

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3 ISS astronauts return to Earth after 186 days in space

3 ISS astronauts return to Earth after 186 days in space

Most people would agree there's nothing like sleeping in your own bed after a decent amount of time away from home, but for these three astronauts, they're probably just happy to be back on Earth, regardless of where they sleep. Early Saturday morning saw the return of NASA's Commander Tim Kopra, the European Space Agency's Tim Peake, and Yuri Malenchenko of Russia's Roscomos after spending 186 consecutive days in space.

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SpaceX comes oh so close to sticking another Falcon 9 landing

SpaceX comes oh so close to sticking another Falcon 9 landing

This week was another big one for private space company SpaceX. On June 15, SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket to deliver a pair of commercial communications satellites into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbits (GTO). The two satellites that went into space inside the Falcon 9 rocket's nose cone were the Eutelsat 117 West B and ABS-2A units.

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Gravitational Waves Appear Again; New Era in Astronomy Begins

Gravitational Waves Appear Again; New Era in Astronomy Begins

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has made another observation of gravitational waves resulting from one big crash of a couple of black holes. Collision, that is, and merger soon thereafter. This observed signal is dubbed GW151226, while the black whole merger event from late last year goes by the name GW150914. This newest signal was detected by the same set of instruments as the first, 2x instruments of Advanced LIGO situated in Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana.

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Mars’ history may be filled with explosive volcanoes

Mars’ history may be filled with explosive volcanoes

According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Mars may have had explosive volcanoes at some point in its history. Such a conclusion comes via a sample the Mars Curiosity rover took of the landscape, with testing of the sample revealing that it contains a mineral commonly associated with explosive volcanoes: tridymite.

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NASA and UAE Space Agency sign peaceful space exploration agreement

NASA and UAE Space Agency sign peaceful space exploration agreement

NASA and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency have entered into an agreement that will result in the duo working together for certain aeronautics research, NASA announced on Sunday. This agreement will see NASA and the UAE Space Agency cooperating in the use of airspace and the exploration of said airspace “for peaceful purposes,” said the space agency, with the deal ultimately serving to aid NASA’s ambitious plan to get humans to Mars.

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BEAM inflatable ISS module hatch opened for the first time this week

BEAM inflatable ISS module hatch opened for the first time this week

In late March, a resupply capsule lifted off and headed to the ISS and among the gear and supplies on board was the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module known as BEAM. After many weeks of work, the BEAM module was finally inflated and astronaut Jeff Williams entered the BEAM module for the first time this week. Upon entering the new module, Williams checked sensors, installed air ducts, and reported to controllers on Earth that the module was in working order.

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NASA Pluto photo shows wispy clouds in a stunning glow

NASA Pluto photo shows wispy clouds in a stunning glow

In summer 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft took an incredible photo of Pluto that NASA has made public today. The image shows the planet as a dark shadow, its shape visible only due to the soft white glow coming from its backlit side. The image is newsworthy itself due to its sheer beauty — this is definitely one to get framed for your office — but it also has some small features exposed for researchers and the public alike to see. One of those features is a small low-hanging cloud.

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Blue Origin scores NASA partnership for delivering new technologies to space

Blue Origin scores NASA partnership for delivering new technologies to space

SpaceX has already been working with NASA for some time, with the private space agency delivering supplies to the ISS with its reusable rockets, but now rival Blue Origin has landed a similar partnership. The Jeff Bezos-owned space tourism company is now approved for helping NASA deliver new technologies to the edge space for testing. This will be done with Blue Origin's similarly reusable New Shepard rocket, which is capable of reaching suborbital heights.

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NASA unveils new planet-themed stamps for the USPS

NASA unveils new planet-themed stamps for the USPS

The USPS has just launched a new packet of space-themed stamps, and NASA recently showed them off. Rolling out now at your local post office is a new themed stamp pack called “Views of Our Planets,” and they include images of the various planets in our solar system. The images are stunning, colorful, and include Earth. The pack features a total of 16 Forever stamps.

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Kepler-62f could have oceans and be habitable, study finds

Kepler-62f could have oceans and be habitable, study finds

There’s a planet called Kepler-62f located about 1,200 lightyears from our own planet, and NASA introduced it to the public back in early 2013. At the time, NASA had said the planet is located in a “habitable zone,” and now a new study suggests the planet could itself be habitable. A group of researchers studied the planet and came to several conclusions about it, including that it likely has liquid water — possibly oceans — and could have an atmosphere that is the same as our own planet's.

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