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NASA Kepler spacecraft very low on fuel, put into hibernation mode

NASA Kepler spacecraft very low on fuel, put into hibernation mode

NASA has announced that its Kepler team has put the spacecraft into a state similar to hibernation. The decision to put Kepler into the hibernation-like state was due to a recent "indication" that it is "very low" on fuel. During this low-power state, the space agency's team will prepare to download scientific data gathered by the spacecraft, after which point it may continue onto a new mission.

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Mars’ global dust storm size visualized in new animation

Mars’ global dust storm size visualized in new animation

A new animation helps us visualize just how massive the Mars dust storm is. This storm, which obscured the Sun and resulted in NASA's Opportunity rover going into a deep sleep, at one point was "only" as big as North America. In the weeks following that detail, NASA continued to update the public on this storm's size, using countries as a reference. A new image, though, shows us exactly how much of the Red Planet is covered by this storm.

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This is how NASA’s Sun probe will survive 2,500F temperatures

This is how NASA’s Sun probe will survive 2,500F temperatures

An eight-foot wide slice of foam with a few special layers will be all that's protecting NASA's Parker Solar Probe as it braves almost 2,500 degree Fahrenheit temperatures in the Sun's corona. The spacecraft isn't set to launch until August of this year, but it has already gained one of its most important features.

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Scientists snap pic of still forming young planet only 5-6 million years old

Scientists snap pic of still forming young planet only 5-6 million years old

The photo you see here is significant. Scientists say that this is the very first direct image of the birth of a planet that is still forming around a star. The planet is said to be very young at only 5-6 million years old. That might sound ancient to we puny humans, but the Earth is 4.5 billion years old.

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Japanese private rocket crashes in flames right after launch

Japanese private rocket crashes in flames right after launch

It appears that Japan's private rocket industry still has ways to go before it catches up with the US's SpaceX and Blue Origin. On Saturday, the Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies attempted to launch its MOMO-2 rocket, only for the vehicle to come crashing down in the seconds after liftoff and burst into flames. The incident took place on the northern island of Hokkaido, was the second launch attempt by Interstellar Technologies.

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This floating AI robot is headed to the ISS: 5 things to know

This floating AI robot is headed to the ISS: 5 things to know

A SpaceX Dragon capsule is carrying a new cache of items to the International Space Station, among them being a small spherical robot named CIMON. Designed as a companion for researchers located on the ISS, CIMON will float around the space station as a "cyber colleague" that uses artificial intelligence to assistant astronauts. Not familiar with the robot? Here are the five big things to know.

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SpaceX CRS-15 launch a huge success with ISS-bound AI onboard

SpaceX CRS-15 launch a huge success with ISS-bound AI onboard

In the pre-dawn hours of this morning, SpaceX launched its 15th International Space Station resupply mission. The mission, known as CRS-15, is notable for more reasons than one, but it's particularly exciting because both the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft have been used in previous launches. The Dragon capsule is taking more than 5,900 pounds of research, hardware, and equipment to the ISS, with some interesting items on board.

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Study gives claims distant exoplanet is more Earth-like than we thought

Study gives claims distant exoplanet is more Earth-like than we thought

The Georgia Institute of Technology has published a study that looks at a distant exoplanet that is believed to be Earth-like. This exoplanet is called Kepler-186f and it is the first Earth-sized planet outside the solar system that has been found orbiting in a habitable zone. That means the planet is orbiting where liquid water could be present on the surface.

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Oumuamua interstellar interloper is speeding up

Oumuamua interstellar interloper is speeding up

Normally in a science fiction movie when an object like an asteroid begins to speed up its time to assume it's an alien spacecraft sent to destroy the Earth. Not so much in real life. While the Oumuamua object has begun to speed up compared to its speed before the debate is one of asteroid or comet. Scientists say that something other than the gravity of the Sun and planets in our solar system is causing the acceleration.

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‘Oumuamua interstellar space object isn’t an asteroid after all

‘Oumuamua interstellar space object isn’t an asteroid after all

Remember the ‘Oumuamua space object? The mysterious rock appeared late last year, confusing researchers who weren't quite sure what it was. That kicked off months of investigation, slowly revealing details about the rock and its potential origins. Many have referred to ‘Oumuamua as an asteroid, but a new study has something else to say on the matter. Turns out, ‘Oumuamua is actually a comet.

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Saturn moon Enceladus ingredients for life discovered in Cassini data

Saturn moon Enceladus ingredients for life discovered in Cassini data

Saturn's moon Enceladus has ingredients for life, researchers have announced. The discovery was made by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which was deliberately crashed into Saturn last year after running low on fuel. Researchers analyzing data gathered by Cassini before its demise reveal large and complex organic compounds present in the Enceladus's icy plumes -- that is, the essential building blocks for life.

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NASA Webb Telescope launch set as review phase complete

NASA Webb Telescope launch set as review phase complete

This week the folks at the NASA-created Independent Review Board (IRB) announced their review of the James Webb Space Telescope was complete. As this review reaches its end, the telescope's development can continue. As such, NASA said that this, the "world’s premier science observatory," has a new launch date - that's March 30th, 2021. So you've got some time if you're planning a trip over there at some point.

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