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NASA publishes first images of Jovian moon’s colorful North Pole

NASA publishes first images of Jovian moon’s colorful North Pole

Jupiter, the massive, mysterious planet referred to by the adjective 'Jovian,' has multiple moons, one of which is called Ganymede. In a new announcement this week, NASA shared a series of images showing off Ganymede's North Pole, the first images to reveal this part of the celestial body. The photos were captured by the Juno spacecraft during its mission back in December 2019, but this is the first time they've been published.

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NASA’s next space mission will involve a football stadium-sized balloon

NASA’s next space mission will involve a football stadium-sized balloon

NASA has announced the intention to release a massive balloon into Earth's stratosphere as part of its mission to study the space around our planet. The balloon is described as around the size of a football stadium, which is officially large enough to carry an 8.4ft telescope to nearly the edge of space. NASA plans to use this telescope -- called ASTHROS -- to study certain light wavelengths.

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Astronomers capture the first image of a multi-planet system around a Sun-like star

Astronomers capture the first image of a multi-planet system around a Sun-like star

Astronomers are thrilled with the latest image captured by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope. The image is the first-ever taken of a Sun-like star that has a pair of giant exoplanets in orbit around it. Images of systems that have multiple planets are exceedingly rare and this particular image, seen below, is the first to ever directly observed with more than one planet orbiting.

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Official US Space Force logo and motto revealed

Official US Space Force logo and motto revealed

The newest branch of the United States military is the US Space Force. The logo and motto for the new branch of the armed services has been unveiled and can be seen below. The motto is Semper Supra, which means "Always Above." That's a fitting motto for a space force.

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New 3D models provide evidence that Venus is still geologically active

New 3D models provide evidence that Venus is still geologically active

A new scientific study has identified 30 recently active volcanoes on the surface of Venus. The study offers some of the best evidence ever that Venus is still a geologically active planet. The research was conducted by scientists at the University of Maryland and the Institute of geophysics at ETH Zürich. One researcher says that this is the first time scientists have been able to point to specific structures and say that it's not an ancient volcano, rather it's an active volcano.

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eBOSS 3D map of known universe fills 11 billion years of history

eBOSS 3D map of known universe fills 11 billion years of history

Astrophysicists revealed a new 3D map of our known universe this week, filling a gap of 11 billion years of history. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) released this map on July 20, 2020, as a comprehensive analysis of what's now the largest 3D map of the Universe ever constructed. This map was created over the last half-decade by the SDSS team, itself the combined effort of more than 20 years of mapping our Universe with the Sloan Foundation telescope.

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Watch SpaceX dramatically catch both halves of its Falcon fairing

Watch SpaceX dramatically catch both halves of its Falcon fairing

On Monday, July 20, SpaceX added another milestone to its list of 'firsts,' this time announcing that it had successfully caught both halves of its Falcon 9 fairings. The achievement was first revealed by Elon Musk; SpaceX is back today with two videos that let the public watch this success for itself. As anticipated, SpaceX also successfully landed the Falcon 9 first stage on the 'Just Read the Instructions' droneship.

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SpaceX makes history again by catching both Falcon 9 fairing halves

SpaceX makes history again by catching both Falcon 9 fairing halves

Many of SpaceX's rocket launches of late have almost become unexciting and normal, which is actually a good thing for the company's goals. Just as each and every plane flight has become almost banal, so too will space flight become in SpaceX's and Elon Musk's vision. That said, there are still some things that the company has to check off its list and it has just reached not just one but two milestones in what would have normally been an uneventful 90th Falcon 9 launch.

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NASA’s latest podcast episode is all about Mars Perseverance rover

NASA’s latest podcast episode is all about Mars Perseverance rover

NASA's Johnson Space Center has published the latest episode of its 'Houston We Have a Podcast' audio show, this one focusing on the space agency's new Perseverance rover. NASA plans to launch the rover later this summer with the goal of landing it on Mars in February 2021, marking the latest machine the agency has put on the Red Planet. The podcast is free to download on a variety of platforms.

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UAE Hope successfully launches first Mars mission

UAE Hope successfully launches first Mars mission

The US and sometimes China and Europe often get the lion's share of space-faring news but they are hardly the only ones with their eyes set on the heavens above. Like the New Frontier of old, outer space and the heavenly bodies are pretty much fair game for anyone that can reach them. The problem, of course, is the last part, and the United Arab Emirates has just proven to the world that it indeed can with the successful launch of its first-ever space mission, the Martian probe Al-Amal, or Hope.

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United Arab Emirates Hope probe Mars mission is set to launch today

United Arab Emirates Hope probe Mars mission is set to launch today

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) set to launch its first mission to Mars on July 19, which is today. If the weather holds, the mission is set to launch at 5:58 PM EDT. The Hope Mission, also known as the Emirates Mars Mission, will launch atop a Japanese H-IIA rocket from the Tanegshima Space Center.

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Chinese Tianwen-1 Mars mission now sits on the launch pad

Chinese Tianwen-1 Mars mission now sits on the launch pad

China is one step closer to launching its Tianwen-1 Mars mission as the rocket that will send the mission into space now sits on the launch pad. Chinese mission planners are using a launch pad at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in the Hainan Province in southern China. The rocket the mission will use to reach orbit is a Long March-5.

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