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NASA seeks small crew of participants to spend 8 months in isolation

NASA seeks small crew of participants to spend 8 months in isolation

NASA is seeking participants who are willing to spend 8 months in isolation with only a small crew of people, something that will help the space agency understand the effects of isolation during long space trips. The isolation will take place at a facility located in Moscow, Russia, where the participants will be exposed to living conditions similar to the ones astronauts are expected to experience in a future Mars mission.

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NASA’s parallel universe, backwards time, and a paywall

NASA’s parallel universe, backwards time, and a paywall

This week a report from ANITA (maintained by NASA) showed results of a study that've subsequently been skewed beyond sense. This is largely due to a single report that was partially blocked behind a paywall. Because a great many news sources used this article on the original report, instead of seeking out the original report, they had to assume that what was visible to the public was the whole story - and it most certainly is not.

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NASA’s WFIRST space telescope becomes the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope

NASA’s WFIRST space telescope becomes the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope

NASA has announced that it has renamed its next-generation space telescope that is currently under development. The telescope was called the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope or WFIRST. The telescope is being renamed in honor of Nancy Grace Roman, NASA's first chief astronomer. Roman paved the way for space telescopes focused on the broader universe.

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ESO VLT observes signs of a planet being born around a distant star

ESO VLT observes signs of a planet being born around a distant star

Astronomers have observed what appears to be a planet being born using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope or VLT. The signs of planet formation were observed around a young star called AB Aurigae that has a dense disc of dust and gas around it. Inside that disc, the astronomers spotted a prominent spiral structure with a twist that marks the site where the planet could be forming.

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NASA OSIRIS-REx mission asteroid touchdown date bumped to October

NASA OSIRIS-REx mission asteroid touchdown date bumped to October

NASA's ambitious OSIRIS-REx mission, which aims to collect a physical sample from the asteroid Bennu, finally has a date for the first touchdown attempt. Later this year, according to the space agency, its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will touchdown at a previously determined location, collect some sample materials from the asteroid's surface, then return to space, eventually bringing that sample back to Earth.

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Huge landforms on Mars may have been caused by mud, not lava

Huge landforms on Mars may have been caused by mud, not lava

The Martian surface is covered with thousands of lava-like flows similar to the kind we see from volcanoes on Earth. Questions have remained over what these flows are made of -- were they the result of lava or something else entirely? A new study out of Lancaster University has settled the question, pointing to massive floods that happened in Mars' distant past.

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Scientists have a new theory on how Jupiter’s moons were formed

Scientists have a new theory on how Jupiter’s moons were formed

Science has known that Jupiter has a quartet of moons since the days of Galileo. Those moons include Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. Each of the four moons is significantly different than the other. Interestingly, all of the satellites are of similar size at about one-fourth of the Earth's radius.

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Astronomers created an environmental color decoder to find habitable exoplanets

Astronomers created an environmental color decoder to find habitable exoplanets

Astronomers from Cornell have developed a practical model that they call an environmental color decoder. The new practical model is designed to find climate clues to help in the search for potentially habitable exoplanets. The astronomers looked at how different planetary surfaces in the habitable zones of distant solar systems could impact the climate on the exoplanets.

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The NASA hunt for dark energy and exoplanets has some big news

The NASA hunt for dark energy and exoplanets has some big news

NASA plans to make a special announcement related to its WFIRST space telescope mission this week, the space agency said on Monday. The announcement will reveal something about the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, likely a new detail about the upcoming mission, followed by a live stream chat with members working on the project.

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Researchers discover rare Super-Earth planet towards the galactic center

Researchers discover rare Super-Earth planet towards the galactic center

Astronomers from the University of Canterbury have discovered an incredibly rare Super-Earth planet located towards the center of the galaxy. The scientists say the planet is only one of a handful that have been discovered with both size and orbit comparable to that of the Earth. UC researchers Doctor Antonio Herrera Martin and Associate Professor Michael Albrow are part of an international team who collaborated to discover the planet.

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US Space Force successfully launches secretive X-37B space plane

US Space Force successfully launches secretive X-37B space plane

Following a delay caused by poor weather, the US Space Force and United Launch Alliance have successfully launched the military's secretive X-37B space plane. The craft was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida using the Atlas V rocket, sending it off on its sixth space mission. Space Force recently revealed that the space plane is carrying multiple experiments, including some for NASA, though many details on the spacecraft remain a secret.

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NASA’s Artemis Accords are controversial new rules of space

NASA’s Artemis Accords are controversial new rules of space

NASA has revealed the Artemis Accords, a set of principles guiding its upcoming crewed mission to the Moon and, beyond that, deeper into space to destinations like Mars. The guidelines and commitments cover topics like transparency, release of scientific data, and avoiding littering space with mission junk. However they're unlikely to reassure anybody who suspects Artemis is also a lunar resources land-grab.

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