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Earth was very much like Venus 4.5 billion years ago according to researchers

Earth was very much like Venus 4.5 billion years ago according to researchers

The team of scientists led by ETH researcher Paolo Sossi have completed an investigation that has implications for the possible origins of life on Earth. According to the researchers, insights into the atmosphere of the earth 4.5 billion years ago show that our planet would be hard to recognize compared to what we know today.

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The ISS is getting a new airlock with a larger door

The ISS is getting a new airlock with a larger door

For the last 20 years, the airlocks aboard the ISS have worked without issue. However, additional researchers and companies want to expand the scope and size of projects sent to the ISS for experiments, meaning a larger door is needed. A company called Nanoracks LLC, headquartered in Webster, Texas, received support from NASA to build a different kind of entryway to the space station.

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NASA MOXIE device will create oxygen on Mars

NASA MOXIE device will create oxygen on Mars

The NASA Perseverance Rover has a device aboard called MOXIE that will convert the air available on Mars into oxygen. The device is a test, and if the technology was used on a larger scale could produce oxygen for humans to breathe on the Red Planet and could be used for rocket fuel. NASA knows that one of the most challenging parts of putting people on Mars will be getting them off the planet and back to Earth.

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NASA offers fun ‘virtual passports’ as part of its next ISS resupply run

NASA offers fun ‘virtual passports’ as part of its next ISS resupply run

Early next month, NASA and SpaceX will launch the next cargo ship destined for the International Space Station, sending with it all the gear the astronauts need during their time in space, as well as scientific experiments and more. The space agency has a fun offer for those who participate in the virtual launch event: a stamp for a launch passport.

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Groundbreaking study finally explains how the Sun shines

Groundbreaking study finally explains how the Sun shines

Italy's Borexino detector has confirmed a decades-old theory, finding the first-ever evidence of a carbon-nitrogen-oxygen (CNO) cycle that produces neutrinos in our Sun. The researchers call this a historic achievement, one confirming an 80-year-old theory about the star and shedding light on the 'dominant channel in the universe for hydrogen burning.'

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Geology at the Martian equator suggests a massive flood in the distant past

Geology at the Martian equator suggests a massive flood in the distant past

Researchers have been looking at the field geology on the equator of Mars and found that it suggests an ancient flood of an unimaginable magnitude washed through Gale Crater on the Martian equator about 4 billion years ago. The finding suggests that there is a possibility life may have existed around Gale Crater billions of years ago.

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Chinese Chang’e 5 mission launches to the moon

Chinese Chang’e 5 mission launches to the moon

Early Tuesday morning at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in South China's Hainan province, the China National Space Administration successfully launched its Chang'e 5 mission to the moon. The mission is intended to bring back samples of lunar material from the moon for the first time in 44 years. Chang'e 5 launched atop a Long March 5 heavy-lift carrier rocket, the biggest and most powerful launch vehicle China has.

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A new study shows space might not be pitch black after all

A new study shows space might not be pitch black after all

There are certainly some extremely bright stars and planets in the vastness of space. But many of us expect most of space to be extremely dark with nothing but pitch black darkness to be seen. However, a new study will be published soon has found that outer space isn't pitch black after all. According to the study, outer space is filled with light.

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Chinese spacecraft launches this week to bring rocks back from the moon

Chinese spacecraft launches this week to bring rocks back from the moon

Most samples of moon dust and rocks that are available for scientists to study on Earth date back to the Apollo era, with the last samples being returned from the moon in the 70s. China wants to change that, and this week will launch the Chang'e-5 probe that will collect material from the moon's surface and return it to Earth for study. The mission will test China's ability to pick up samples remotely in preparation for more complicated missions in the future.

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NASA photo shows off the great ‘cinnamon bun’ in space

NASA photo shows off the great ‘cinnamon bun’ in space

NASA has published a photo of a distant 'cinnamon bun' in space, one made of stars and gas dust collected together in an unusual way. The image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, which observed the faint galaxy where it is located way over in the Andromeda constellation. Despite its appearance, NASA says the 'cinnamon bun' is a spiral galaxy.

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NASA report finds human return to Moon in 2024 is ambitious and unlikely

NASA report finds human return to Moon in 2024 is ambitious and unlikely

The NASA Office of Inspector General has published its 2020 report detailing the challenges the space agency faces and how they may shape the next few years. A total of seven challenges are listed, the first revolving around NASA's ambitious goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024. According to the report, it may not be able to achieve that deadline.

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Rocket Lab successfully recovers its first stage booster

Rocket Lab successfully recovers its first stage booster

Rocket Lab is a company aiming to follow SpaceX and Blue Origin in putting commercial payloads into space. SpaceX lost many first-stage rockets in the recovery attempt before successfully and routinely recovering its rockets today. Rocket Lab recently launched a payload and attempted to recover its first stage rocket for the first time.

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