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SpaceX nails launch & landing of a used rocket for second time

SpaceX nails launch & landing of a used rocket for second time

SpaceX's record of success continues to grow as the space company successfully launched and landed a used Falcon 9 rocket for the second time on Friday. As the second instance of reusing one of its rockets, this marks 12 completed landings out of 17 attempts for SpaceX, and the 7th successful recovery at sea, where the rocket's first stage touches down upright on a floating drone platform.

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Scientists say another Earth-like planet may be hiding in our solar system

Scientists say another Earth-like planet may be hiding in our solar system

As if the so-called 'Planet 9' wasn't interesting enough, researchers with the University of Arizona have detailed a newly discovered 'planetary mass object' that could prove to be a Planet 10. This object is said to be in the fringes of our own solar system, and all signs point toward it being a yet-undiscovered planet. If it is, researchers estimate that its mass lies somewhere between that of Earth and Mars. As well, this possible planet is said to be much closer than Planet 9.

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NASA CHESS mission will probe ’empty’ deep space

NASA CHESS mission will probe ’empty’ deep space

NASA plans to probe the seemingly empty space that lies between stars via its new CHESS mission, helping researchers understand the earliest parts of a star's slow formation. CHESS, in this case, is short for Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph, a special payload that will be sent into space on the suborbital sounding rocket called Black Brant IX. The launch will take place next week.

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NASA’s Mars telescope spied Curiosity rover on planet’s rocky surface

NASA’s Mars telescope spied Curiosity rover on planet’s rocky surface

A new NASA photo shows a small blue dot in the middle of a bumpy, rocky brown landscape. That landscape, the space agency says, is Mars, and the small blue dot? That's the Mars Curiosity rover as seen by NASA's own Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The photo was taken last month by the space agency's super powerful Mars telescope, which only takes photos a handful of times a year. The capturing of Curiosity, it seems, was a happy coincidence.

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NASA’s Kepler telescope finds more than 200 new planet candidates

NASA’s Kepler telescope finds more than 200 new planet candidates

While there are a lot of interesting things happening in our own solar system - from Curiosity's continuing adventure on Mars to New Horizons giving us an up-close look at Pluto - NASA's Kepler space observatory has been looking into the depths of space. It's been looking for other planets that may be out there, and today, NASA has published a new mission catalog that names more than 200 new planet candidates.

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NASA re-schedules a colorful rocket launch for Father’s Day

NASA re-schedules a colorful rocket launch for Father’s Day

NASA hopes to mark Father's Day with a colorful show of luminescent clouds, all the way above the mid-Atlantic coast. The NASA Terrier Improved Malemute mission will see a sounding rocket launch from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, and then release several canisters of colored vapor. Dubbed "vapor tracers", they'll allow the scientists behind the project to observe how particle motions in space behave.

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Mars Rover Concept looks more like a sci-fi armored van

Mars Rover Concept looks more like a sci-fi armored van

When you hear or read about off-planet rovers, you probably think of unmanned, somewhat smaller vehicles built for exploration and scientific missions. This concept Mars rover, in contrast, looks like something the Dark Knight himself would ride into battle. More armored car than mobile lab, this Rover Concept from NASA’s “Summer of Mars” promotion isn’t meant to actually roam the Red Planet. It serves more as a seedbed for actual rover technologies, as well as an inspiration to those visiting the Kennedy Space Center complex.

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NASA has announced its next 12 astronaut candidates: training starts in August

NASA has announced its next 12 astronaut candidates: training starts in August

NASA opened itself up to new astronaut applications last year, and after shifting through thousands of potential candidates, the space agency has revealed the 12 individuals selected to undergo astronaut training. These people were selected from a pool of more than 18,000 people, according to NASA, which says all twelve are now among its 2017 astronaut class. Alongside the announcement, NASA as released videos introducing the whole team.

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NASA is going to start a fire on a spacecraft for science

NASA is going to start a fire on a spacecraft for science

NASA has announced plans to start a fire on a spacecraft in order to help researchers understand how such fires grow and which materials burn up in a microgravity environment. This isn't the first time NASA has started a fire in space -- in fact, it has done this twice before -- but it will mark the last time the space agency does so. The project is called SAFFIRE III, and is part of a series of experiments.

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NASA approves studies into autonomous aircraft technology

NASA approves studies into autonomous aircraft technology

NASA has approved a trio of studies that will help lay the foundation for the development and use of aircraft-based autonomous technologies, the space agency has announced. The studies are part of NASA's larger Convergent Aeronautics Solutions project, which itself is shelling out the funds for 'new technologies that are ambitious and potentially transformative,' according to the project's acting director Richard Barhydt.

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SpaceX lands 11th rocket following first launch of reused Dragon capsule

SpaceX lands 11th rocket following first launch of reused Dragon capsule

SpaceX has now achieved its fifth successful ground-based landing for its Falcon 9 rockets, but what makes this weekend's launch really special was that it was also the first time the rocket company reused one of its Dragon cargo capsules. The Saturday launch saw SpaceX tasked with delivering cargo and supplies to the International Space Station, but this time around it was with the refurbished capsule that had been used back in September 2014.

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LIGO detects third gravitational wave event from ancient black hole collision

LIGO detects third gravitational wave event from ancient black hole collision

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration has made another monumental announcement related to LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory -- it has detected a gravitational wave event for the third time, a process that has been billions of years in the making. Before this detection is the story of two massive black holes that collided about three billion years ago, leaving behind one giant black hole approximately 49 times heavier than our Sun...and energy that would, over the past 18 months, wash over our planet three times.

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