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ESA’s Mars Express snaps stunning image of Red Planet’s icy cap

ESA’s Mars Express snaps stunning image of Red Planet’s icy cap

The European Space Agency has shared a new image of Mars captured using the camera on its Mars Express spacecraft. In the photo, we see Mars' north pole covered with large sheets of snowy white ice surrounded by otherwise reddish and dusty landscape. The image is surprisingly clear and smooth, resembling something one may capture with a 4K drone camera or DSLR.

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These are NASA’s newest astronauts

These are NASA’s newest astronauts

NASA has revealed its newest astronauts, the future crews for missions to the Moon and, eventually, Mars. Eleven new additions have been made to NASA's exclusive ranks, though even then the total number of active astronauts cleared for crewed missions remains small.

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ESA XMM-Newton X-ray observatory sees hot gas sloshing in a galaxy

ESA XMM-Newton X-ray observatory sees hot gas sloshing in a galaxy

The ESA has announced that it has used the XMM-Newton X-ray observatory to view hot gas sloshing around inside a galaxy cluster for the first time. This behavior may have been driven by turbulent merger events. The ESA says that galaxy clusters are the largest systems in the Universe bound together by gravity.

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Hubble Space Telescope detects smallest dark matter clumps ever

Hubble Space Telescope detects smallest dark matter clumps ever

NASA has announced that the Hubble Space Telescope has detected the smallest known dark matter clumps using a new observation technique. The technique has confirmed that dark matter forms much smaller clumps than previously known. NASA says that the result confirms a fundamental prediction of the "cold dark matter" theory.

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NEID instrument lets scientists determine the density of distant planets

NEID instrument lets scientists determine the density of distant planets

NASA and the National Science Foundation funded a new instrument called NEID. NEID is designed to help scientists to measure the masses of planets that are outside of our solar system. The tool observes the gravitational pull that planets exert on their parent stars.

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NASA Artemis rocket takes same ferry trip as Apollo 11

NASA Artemis rocket takes same ferry trip as Apollo 11

This week NASA loaded their first Artemis mission Space Launch System (SLS) Rocket Core Stage onboard the Pegasus barge in New Orleans. This stage of the hardware needed for Artemis was loaded onboard the barge on January 8th with plans to deliver to NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. This ferry journey mimics that of the NASA Apollo missions in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Astronomers say that the universe is expanding faster than expected

Astronomers say that the universe is expanding faster than expected

Astronomers have used the NASA Hubble Space Telescope to determine that the universe is expanding faster than expected. The team measured the expansion rate, which is called the Hubble constant, using gravitational lensing. That is a new technique that is completely independent of any previous method of measuring the expansion.

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Elon Musk reveals how SpaceX Starlink customers will get online

Elon Musk reveals how SpaceX Starlink customers will get online

SpaceX's Starlink satellite constellation may be starting to take shape in orbit, but we're only just starting to find out what the user-experience of the internet service will be like down on the ground. Elon Musk's ambitious plan to build a network of satellites tens of thousands in number will eventually, if the plan pans out, deliver internet connections to areas previously underserved by ISPs or offline altogether.

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Gravitational ripples from a pair of colliding neutron stars detected

Gravitational ripples from a pair of colliding neutron stars detected

Caltech researchers are reporting that the LIGO Livingston Observatory has picked up what appears to be gravitational ripples from the collision of a pair of neutron stars. LIGO Livingston is part of the gravitational-wave network that incudes LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) funded by the National Science Foundation, and the European Virgo detector.

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NASA’s TESS discovers first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone

NASA’s TESS discovers first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone

NASA has used the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) to find exoplanets since the mission launched. The goal is to discover exoplanets that might be orbiting stars in their habitable zone to search for habitable worlds and potentially extraterrestrial life. TESS has found its first Earth-sized planet that is in a star's habitable zone.

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NASA and Boeing will form a team to investigate Starliner glitch

NASA and Boeing will form a team to investigate Starliner glitch

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has published an update on the failed Boeing Orbital Flight Test, revealing that the space agency is working with the private company to launch a joint independent team to investigate what went wrong. The people on this team will be tasked with looking into the problems that led to the Orbital Test Flight issue and with making recommendations to help protect future launches.

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SpaceX Starlink satellite launch today will be first under U.S. Space Force

SpaceX Starlink satellite launch today will be first under U.S. Space Force

SpaceX is set to put a new string of Starlink satellites into orbit today in a launch planned to happen at Cape Canaveral. If the launch goes off, it will be the first launch of 2020 and will be the 45th Space Wing's inaugural launch as part of the U.S. Space Force. The 45th Space Wing is one of five Air Force space wings that have been assigned to the U.S. Space Force effective December 20, 2019.

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