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SpaceX Mars ITS fuel tank tests end in success

SpaceX Mars ITS fuel tank tests end in success

SpaceX just moved one step closer to realizing its dreams of a mission to Mars. The company has been recently testing a lot of the components that will make the trip to Mars, with the latest test being one for the massive fuel tank that will be attached to its Interplanetary Transport System. SpaceX announced this week that the tests were a success, taking to Twitter to share a photo of the tests in progress.

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NASA’s News on Pluto: a new underground ocean

NASA’s News on Pluto: a new underground ocean

Signs point to an underground ocean on Pluto thanks to information gathered by NASA's New Horizons probe. While the probe passed Pluto in July of 2015, information continues to travel back to Earth even now. Researchers pore over the information gathered and turn up new revelations every day. While not every finding in the data sent back to our planet is worthy of a massive news story - this one certainly is.

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Monday’s supermoon will be the closest since 1948, so don’t miss it

Monday’s supermoon will be the closest since 1948, so don’t miss it

It seems like supermoons are happening all the time, but some of them are indeed more special than others. This upcoming Monday, the moon will be the closest it has been to Earth since 1948…’making it an extra-super moon,’ says NASA. If you miss this upcoming supermoon, you won’t see another one this close until November 25th in the year 2034, a full 18 years from now. This super moon will be followed up by another one on December 14.

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NASA paper leaks claiming that the physics violating EM Drive works

NASA paper leaks claiming that the physics violating EM Drive works

Every now and again scientists make a discovery that seems to violate the laws of physics as we know them. A paper has leaked from NASA that indicates that a new type of propulsion drive for space travel actually works despite violating Newton's third law of physics. That particular law states that every reaction has an equal and opposite reaction. The EM Drive offers the possibility of creating thrust in the vacuum of space without needing fuel.

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NASA ‘smallsats’ swarm will help space agency study Earth’s weather

NASA ‘smallsats’ swarm will help space agency study Earth’s weather

NASA is set to launch a swarm of small satellites into Earth’s orbit, enabling the space agency to study our planet’s climate as it changes, as well as the weather patterns that result from that. These small satellites are, appropriately enough, called 'smallsats,' and they're described as being 'next-gen' versions of this technology. The space agency detailed the smallsats yesterday during a conference, and plans to release them into orbit in the upcoming months.

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SpaceX has identified the cause of the recent Falcon 9 rocket explosion

SpaceX has identified the cause of the recent Falcon 9 rocket explosion

Back in early September, one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets abruptly exploded during a routine filling operation, and it left the space agency confused by the mystery, with founder Elon Musk calling it their "most difficult and complex failure" they've ever experienced. Well, it seems a cause has finally been identified, with investigations completed and Musk stating that it was a "surprising problem that's never been encountered before in the history of rocketry."

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NASA Bio-Indicator Lidar Instrument could sniff out life on Mars

NASA Bio-Indicator Lidar Instrument could sniff out life on Mars

NASA has a new prototype instrument that takes advantage of a sensing technique that is currently used by the military to monitor air remotely in an effort to detect chemicals, toxins, and pathogens that could threaten the lives of servicemen and women. The NASA instrument is called the Bio-indicator Lidar instrument or BILI and rather than sniffing out hazards, it would be used to sniff out life on Mars.

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‘Pumpkin stars’ spin so fast they resemble pumpkins

‘Pumpkin stars’ spin so fast they resemble pumpkins

Thanks to NASA’s Swift and Kepler efforts, researchers have discovered a type of star dubbed a ‘pumpkin star’ due to its rapid spinning and the shape it appears to have as a result. Chief among the newly found stars is the KSw 71, a giant orange star that completes a rotation in only 5.5 days. In addition, this massive ‘pumpkin’ star is 10 times the size of the sun with x-ray emissions great than 4,000 times the sun’s solar maximum.

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NASA has a new asteroid ‘Intruder Alert’ for risky NEOs

NASA has a new asteroid ‘Intruder Alert’ for risky NEOs

NASA has a new 'Intruder Alert' system that warns researchers when a near-Earth-object (NEO) is risky. Called Scout, this alert is the brainchild of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory researchers, and it works by constantly watching sky data for signs of an NEO. When one is spotted, Scout does some quick math to figure out if the celestial object is potentially dangerous or no big deal.

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ISS fly-through video shot with 4K fisheye lens is almost like being there

ISS fly-through video shot with 4K fisheye lens is almost like being there

If you are among the masses stranded here on Earth who has dreamed of visiting the ISS odds are you will never get that chance. As close as the vast majority of us will ever get to the ISS is this beautiful fly through that NASA had published of the ISS in 4K resolution. The video was produced by Harmonic exclusively for NASA TV UHD and is over 18 minutes long.

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NASA finds prolonged space travel can affect the spine

NASA finds prolonged space travel can affect the spine

With a manned mission to Mars in the cards for NASA, the space agency is spending lots of money and time researching the effects of prolonged space travel on the human body. A new study has been published that has found that space travel will affect the spine of astronauts. Specifically the study has proven that atrophy of the muscles supporting the spine occurs after long travel in space.

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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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