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Budweiser will send barley to ISS for space brewing experiments

Budweiser will send barley to ISS for space brewing experiments

Following Anheuser-Busch's previous announcement about brewing beer on Mars comes an update that'll actually get the project started. The company has revealed that it will send barley to the International Space Station early next month for a series of experiments in space. This will help the company understand how microgravity affects the ingredients used to make Budweiser beer.

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Man Plans to launch himself in a steam-powered rocket

Man Plans to launch himself in a steam-powered rocket

A 61-year-old man called "Mad" Mike Hughes has spent about $20,000 on the construction of a rocket that is powered by steam. The man plans to fly the rocket over a ghost town in California called Amboy. If you are worried for Hughes, you aren’t alone.

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Our first interstellar visitor is a long, ominous asteroid

Our first interstellar visitor is a long, ominous asteroid

Asteroids passing us by, and even potentially sending us to our deaths, is not news even for astronomers. But one that comes from outside our solar system definitely is. That is exactly why the asteroid named `Oumuamua has astronomers all over the world scampering when it passed by almost undetected. In addition to the asteroid’s unusual shape, `Oumuamua has been estimated to have been traveling hundreds of millions of years before its chance, and probably only, encounter with our solar system.

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Mars streaks are probably caused by dust and sand, not water

Mars streaks are probably caused by dust and sand, not water

Mars photos show an interesting landscape feature: dark streaks that appear to show flowing movement, which some thought may be water. A new study says that is probably not the case, though, instead being more likely attributed to dry flow processes. This is based in part on assessments made with the Mars orbiter's telescopic camera. That's bad news in the hunt for microbes, unfortunately.

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NASA Earth time lapse shows 20 years of seasonal changes in 2.5 minutes

NASA Earth time lapse shows 20 years of seasonal changes in 2.5 minutes

A new NASA time lapse shows 20 years of seasonal landscape changes around the globe, condensing the years down to a mere 2.5 minutes. Though NASA is known primarily for its space missions, the agency focuses extensively on Earth science, too, training a variety of satellites down toward our own planet. The content presented in this new video was gathered by NASA satellites every year since 1997.

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METI space messages invite aliens to communicate with Earth

METI space messages invite aliens to communicate with Earth

Researchers have undertaken a controversial plan to get aliens to contact humans: sending an invitation out into space. The efforts come from METI, which stands for Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and it involved sending messages toward a star system located about 12 light-years from our own. Assuming the messages are received and a reply is sent, we should get it about 25 years from now.

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Temperate Earth-mass exoplanet discovered 11 light-years away

Temperate Earth-mass exoplanet discovered 11 light-years away

Scientists and space agencies all around the world are scouring the heavens in a search for planets that could potentially harbor life. A new discovery has been made that was found using the ESO's planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The exoplanet has been dubbed Ross 128 b and is the second closest temperate planet detected with Proxima b being the closest.

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Dream Chaser spacecraft conducts first successful atmospheric glide test

Dream Chaser spacecraft conducts first successful atmospheric glide test

Sierra Nevada Corp. has announced that it has concluded its first successful atmospheric glide test. The Dream Chaser spacecraft landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California on Saturday. The successful glide test was able to verify the spacecraft handling qualities and guidance systems before the spacecraft can move on to the next round of testing.

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Uber gets NASA deal to develop flying taxi management system

Uber gets NASA deal to develop flying taxi management system

Uber is working with NASA to develop software for managing low-altitude air taxis, potentially opening the door for a future where people can travel short distances in the air rather than on the ground. In addition, Uber is planning to test a flying taxi service of some sort in Los Angeles in a couple years, introducing an alternative to both traditional air and ground travel.

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Long space missions cause potentially severe brain changes: study

Long space missions cause potentially severe brain changes: study

A new study sheds light on the potentially severe effects long term space flight can have on the human brain, the consequences of which could affect an astronaut's vision and more. The study was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine; it details the brain changes that happen in most astronauts who spend a prolonged amount of time in space. Among those changes is an upward shifting of the brain, as well as greater levels of cerebrospinal fluid.

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NASA’s 2020 Mars rover supercharge with 23 eyes

NASA’s 2020 Mars rover supercharge with 23 eyes

NASA is working on the next rover that will cruise around the surface of Mars taking scientific measurements and generally checking out what the Red Planet has to offer. The rover is called the 2020 Mars rover and it will have some nice upgrades compared to the rover on Mars right now called Curiosity. Namely, the 2020 Mars rover will have 23 different cameras.

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A giant planet is orbiting a tiny star and it has experts confused

A giant planet is orbiting a tiny star and it has experts confused

Researchers have disclosed the discovery of a giant planet that is orbiting a comparatively tiny star, an unusual pairing that contradicts what scientists previously thought was possible. The planet is called NGTS-1b, and it is the largest planet, again comparatively speaking, to be orbiting such a small companion star, revealing that the pairing is indeed possible. The discovery was made in part using the Next-Generation Transit Survey facility.

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