Space

Cassini orbiter documents Saturn’s changing north pole

Cassini orbiter documents Saturn’s changing north pole

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found something very interesting about Saturn: the ringed planet's north polar region is changing color. When the spacecraft photographed Saturn's north pole in 2012, we saw images of a blue hexagon that stood out from the rest of the planet. Upon photographing the region again in 2016, that hexagon has changed to a gold color.

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Uranus may have two more tiny shepherd moons

Uranus may have two more tiny shepherd moons

Uranus may have two more (tiny) moons, researchers say, a potential discovery facilitated by the NASA Voyager 2 mission. According to the study, these two moons — assuming they exist — may be located close to Uranus’s rings. Both the alpha and beta rings show patterns that hint at the existence of these moons, with the patterns themselves hinting that whatever is causing the pattern is a reoccurring event.

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Cygnus Cargo spacecraft successfully docks with ISS

Cygnus Cargo spacecraft successfully docks with ISS

Orbital ATK has successfully launched a cargo spacecraft that docked with the ISS on October 23, 2016. The cargo ship was hauling much needed supplies and science experiments for the crew of six aboard the ISS to work on. Cygnus was captured by the robotic arm of the space station at 7:28am EDT to be attached later in the morning to the berthing port on the space station.

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NASA (probably) found ESA’s lost Mars lander

NASA (probably) found ESA’s lost Mars lander

NASA has likely spotted the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli Mars test lander, which went missing after it failed to make the gentle landing ESA had anticipated. The lander was likely spotted in a new image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; in it, we see a dark spot on the Red Planet’s surface, as well as a light spot thought to be its parachute. All signs point toward the lander crashing into the surface and exploding upon impact.

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ExoMars TGO enters orbit around Mars, lander status currently unknown

ExoMars TGO enters orbit around Mars, lander status currently unknown

It would appear that the European Space Agency's ExoMars mission is - at least in part - successful. The Agency announced today that its ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has entered orbit around the red planet, after the 139-minute long burn needed to be captured by Mars' gravity. That means one important part of the mission has been finished and passed with flying colors, but the other part of the mission remains.

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Chinese astronauts launch into space for 30d stay on experimental space station

Chinese astronauts launch into space for 30d stay on experimental space station

A Chinese Long March-2F rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center recently and aboard were a pair of Chinese astronauts. The pair of astronauts is headed to a rendezvous with an experimental space station where they will spend a month living and working, the Shenzhou 11 mission lifted off at 2330 GMT.

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Scientists believe a comet impact may have helped mammals take over Earth

Scientists believe a comet impact may have helped mammals take over Earth

Scientists have been conducting research into what may have helped mammals dominate the Earth. New evidence suggests that a comet impact 55 million years ago may have helped mammals become the dominant form of life on our planet. The team of American researchers on the project say that the comet impact could have triggered rapid global warming linked to the expansion of mammals in the Eocene time period.

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There are ten times more galaxies in the universe than scientists thought

There are ten times more galaxies in the universe than scientists thought

Scientists have made some errors in their past census of exactly how many galaxies lurked in the universe and it was a big one. According to a new census that has been made that is more accurate than past counts, the universe has ten times more galaxies than scientists previously estimated. That adds up to over a trillion galaxies in the universe.

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Moon is pummeled with impacts much more often than predicted

Moon is pummeled with impacts much more often than predicted

All you have to do is look out your window at night and you can see the evidence in the night sky that the moon has been pummeled by asteroids and other impacts throughout its life. Since there is no wind on the surface of the moon, there is no erosion and the craters simply stay for eternity. While we can clearly see that the Moon has been struck with objects that form craters, scientists believed that this was not a very common occurrence. It now seems that the scientists were wrong.

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Scientists discover new dwarf planet beyond Pluto’s orbit

Scientists discover new dwarf planet beyond Pluto’s orbit

Our solar system family is getting larger with the discovery of a new dwarf planet found orbiting beyond Pluto. This new dwarf planet doesn't have a fancy name like the major planets of the solar system, it's called 2014 UZ224 and is about 330-miles across. This little dwarf planet is about 8.5 billion miles away from the sun. Interestingly the dwarf planet is smaller than Pluto's moon Charon, which is about 750 miles in diameter.

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Proxima B might have oceans of liquid water on its surface

Proxima B might have oceans of liquid water on its surface

Back in August we first talked about the Earth-like planet called Proxima B. The cool bit about this planet is that it is relatively close to the Earth and is believed to be potentially life supporting. Proxima B lies 4.25 light-years from the Earth and is orbiting the star Proxima Centauri. Now a few months after we first heard about the planet and scientists are talking up something even more interesting.

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Voyager Golden Record is humanity’s soundtrack

Voyager Golden Record is humanity’s soundtrack

Back in 1977 NASA launched a pair of spacecraft called Voyager I and Voyager II. These spacecraft were meant to tour our entire solar system and then venture out into interstellar space. In fact, Voyager I became the first object made by humans to reach interstellar space back on 2013. One of the coolest things about Voyager I and II was that NASA put a record on the spacecrafts just in case ET ever found them.

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