Space

NASA’s Cassini finds the space between Saturn and its rings is unusually empty

NASA’s Cassini finds the space between Saturn and its rings is unusually empty

NASA researchers have dubbed the space between Saturn and its rings 'the big empty' due to the surprising lack of dust in the expanse. This discovery was made by the space agency's Cassini spacecraft, which made its first pass through the empty space on April 26. Researchers had expected this region to contain a certain level of dust, but instead received data back that indicated quite the opposite -- there's not much dust at all, relatively speaking.

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Watch SpaceX nail Falcon 9 landing after launching US spy satellite

Watch SpaceX nail Falcon 9 landing after launching US spy satellite

Today was a good day for SpaceX, because not only was its Falcon 9 rocket at the center of a military launch - a longtime goal of Elon Musk's - but the entire mission went off without a hitch too. Well, we assume the whole thing went off without a hitch, as we don't have many details on the mission itself. The landing, however, was just about as perfect as SpaceX could want, with the Falcon 9 rocket landing safely back on Earth.

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SpaceX’s first military satellite launch delayed one day

SpaceX’s first military satellite launch delayed one day

Sunday morning was the scheduled time for SpaceX's latest Falcon 9 launch, where it would carry out its first mission for the US military, but the rocket company was forced call a one-day delay at the last moment. The launch was due to take place at Cape Canaveral at 7:00 AM ET on April 30th, but a sensor issue with the rocket prompted a cancellation less than 60 seconds to lift-off.

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NASA showcases inflatable greenhouse for future Mars astronauts

NASA showcases inflatable greenhouse for future Mars astronauts

NASA has published a series of images showcasing the prototype of an inflatable greenhouse that may one day be used to grow food in Earth-like conditions...while on Mars. The greenhouse and others like it would exist to provide food for human astronauts who eventually make their way to the Red Planet. This prototype joins numerous studies conducted by the space agency that evaluate which foods are ideal for space growth and the best ways to encourage their growth in adverse conditions.

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LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V unveiled ahead of June 1 launch

LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V unveiled ahead of June 1 launch

NASA has taken the wraps off its new LEGO Ideas 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V kit, a model that was designed by Felix Stiessen and Valeri Roche for LEGO Ideas. The kit features a 1:110-scale replica of the NASA Apollo Saturn V rocket, which measures in at about a meter tall. This was the notable rocket that first put humans on the moon, and in LEGO form it contains three stages that can be assembled together for a complete model. The company will also be launching new astronaut minifigs and more.

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USPS ‘Total Solar Eclipse’ Forever Stamp arrives in June

USPS ‘Total Solar Eclipse’ Forever Stamp arrives in June

As we've previously reported, this upcoming August will offer a rare total solar eclipse that stretches a path from the western coast to the eastern coast of the United States. This will be the first time such an eclipse stretches across the entire nation since the last event in 1918. Overall, people in a total of 14 states will be able to witness the event. Ahead of that, though, comes a new US Postal Service Forever Stamp to mark the event.

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NASA ‘4D’-printed chainmail may one day protect spacecraft from meteors

NASA ‘4D’-printed chainmail may one day protect spacecraft from meteors

NASA may one day use a sort of chainmail to protect its spacecraft from meteors, among other things, thanks to so-called '4D'-printed technology. The material, though it appears to be created from many small parts, is in fact created as a solid sheet, and astronauts may one day be able to print their own version of it while in space. As the photo shows, the metallic material is flexible and can be folded, allowing it to be used on a variety of objects.

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China launches first cargo spacecraft, successfully docks with orbiting station

China launches first cargo spacecraft, successfully docks with orbiting station

A Chinese cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the country's Tiangong-2 space lab on Saturday, marking a significant achievement for the nation's space agency. The Tianzhou-1 cargo ship was launched on April 20th from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Southern China, and is the first such supply delivery mission to the space station. Once the spacecraft arrived, it connected to the station via automated docking process.

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Lyrid Meteor Shower starts tonight: how and where to watch

Lyrid Meteor Shower starts tonight: how and where to watch

The second notable meteor shower of 2017 is kicking off tonight, and it'll be your best chance of seeing the celestial event. The Lyrid Meteor Shower will be happening on both April 22 and 23, but if you can't catch it tonight, tomorrow's viewing will be less notable, so take note. NASA says viewers will be able to watch the meteor shower by finding the the Summer Triangle in the sky, where about 18 meteors will pass every hour.

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You can now find all of NASA’s photos on a single, searchable site

You can now find all of NASA’s photos on a single, searchable site

NASA, as wonderful as it is, has never made finding content on its website simple. The space agency, which is spread across many centers and entities like the JPL and Johnson Space Center, has made its public photos and videos available across many different parts of its overall website. If you didn't have a list of all the possible places in which the photo may be published, it could be very difficult to find a particular bit of content. All of that, thankfully, has just changed.

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Saturn’s and Jupiter’s moons might be able to sustain life

Saturn’s and Jupiter’s moons might be able to sustain life

Finding life or indeed living on other planets ourselves has always been a dream but, at the rate that we’re going, it might soon become a critical necessity. Much of our off-planet colonization fantasies have focused on planets outside our solar system but, as NASA scientists are finding out, we might not have to look that far. Two separate and rather old NASA missions are discovering clues that Enceladus, Saturn’s icy moon, and Europa, Jupiter’s equally icy moon, might have just the right elements to sustain life, either ours or someone else’s.

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NASA: Saturn moon Enceladus is ‘like a candy store for microbes’

NASA: Saturn moon Enceladus is ‘like a candy store for microbes’

NASA has just announced a new milestone discovery revolving around Saturn's moon Enceladus, revealing that it has most of the ingredients necessary to support life, and that it likely contains the rest of the missing -- that is, not yet discovered -- components. Most notably, this ocean world, as the space agency calls it, has ample amounts of hydrogen gas in its oceans, something that may work with carbon dioxide in the oceans' waters to support life.

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