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NASA model improves odds of finding habitable exoplanets

NASA model improves odds of finding habitable exoplanets

NASA has a new model that improves the space agency's odds of identifying habitable exoplanets. The model is based on new NASA research that determines conditions across three different dimensions instead of one, as previous models did. With this, NASA says, researchers will be better able to determine which exoplanets are worth exploring (from a habitability standpoint).

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Explore the Mars landscape in Chrome via Google’s Access Mars project

Explore the Mars landscape in Chrome via Google’s Access Mars project

NASA rovers have taken a huge number of photos from the Mars surface, enabling researchers on the ground to combine them into a single massive, highly detailed 3D model of the planet's landscape. This 3D model, thanks to a Google project called Access Mars, is now easily accessible to anyone with access to Chrome or your Internet browser of choice.

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Google Maps now lets you navigate through our solar system

Google Maps now lets you navigate through our solar system

While we’re probably still dozens of years away from actually getting lost in our travels between planets in our neighborhood, that doesn’t mean we can’t start pretending already. Google Maps was originally created as a way to navigate our own terra firm but has long expanded to ocean depths, volcanoes, and, now, outer space. Google has just added not a few round objects from our solar system, both planets, moons, and one former planet, so you can live out your space-faring fantasies while companies scamper to make that a thing.

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Hubble makes milestone observation of gravitational-wave source

Hubble makes milestone observation of gravitational-wave source

NASA has announced a new milestone observation made possible via Hubble, which spotted light that has been connected to a gravitational-wave event. According to the space agency, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope first detected a high-energy light pulse on August 17. Following this, the National Science Foundation's LIGO picked up on the gravitational waves from colliding stars that were related to the gamma-ray burst.

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Dwarf planet Haumea has its own ring system

Dwarf planet Haumea has its own ring system

Scientists are studying a dwarf planet dubbed Haumea and earlier this year that planet passed between the Earth and a distant star allowing scientists to study the celestial body in finer detail. The findings of that intense study were announced this week and scientists found something very cool about the dwarf planet, which lives in our solar system in the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune.

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NASA coordination project will test vital asteroid early warning system tomorrow

NASA coordination project will test vital asteroid early warning system tomorrow

An asteroid will whiz by Earth tomorrow, but there's no need to worry. The space rock won't be anywhere close to hitting our planet, though researchers will use it for a very important task: to test a particular early warning system that aims to warn Earth ahead of time about a potential asteroid impact. Such systems may be vital for avoiding disaster.

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Chinese FAST telescope finds multiple pulsars in early use

Chinese FAST telescope finds multiple pulsars in early use

China has been operating the FAST or Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope for about a year now in its trial operations. FAST is the world's largest single-dish radio telescope. During its trial operation, the telescope has been used to discover multiple pulsars according to the National Astronomical Observatories of China.

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Blue Origin may start taking tourists to space in early 2019

Blue Origin may start taking tourists to space in early 2019

If you dream of space, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin is about to make you very happy. The company plans to kick off its space tourism business in April 2019, giving non-astronauts the chance to take a trip into space via a Blue Origin rocket. This isn't the first time the company has discussed plans to offer tourists a seat to space, but it does provide the most recent time frame on the plans.

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First ever 360-degree spacewalk video is out of this world

First ever 360-degree spacewalk video is out of this world

The first ever 360-degree video taken in space has been released. The video was shot while a pair of Russian cosmonauts were launching nanosatellites from outside of the International Space Station. In the video you can see the pair working and you can pan around and see what the duo is doing.

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Pence says NASA will put people on the moon again

Pence says NASA will put people on the moon again

In a statement today, US Vice President Mike Pence stated that NASA will once again put people on the moon, though no time frame for this planned project was given. The announcement appears to be more of an inspirational message than part of a larger concrete plan. Pence touched on the topic of Russian and Chinese anti-satellite technology as part of his speech, ultimately calling such future moon missions 'vital' for the nation.

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Lockheed Martin Mars Base Camp could take us to the Red Planet in a decade

Lockheed Martin Mars Base Camp could take us to the Red Planet in a decade

Lockheed Martin is at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Australia and at the event it has offered up details on its Mars Base Camp. Among the detail is how Lockheed would align it vision with the NASA lunar deep space gateway and Mars surface lander plans. Mars Base Camp is Lockheed's vision of how to send humans to mars in about ten years.

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Elon Musk’s multiplanetary vision includes our own Blue planet

Elon Musk’s multiplanetary vision includes our own Blue planet

Elon Musk just held a press conference revolving around his "multiplanetary species" campaign and, while a large part of his presentation recapped SpaceX's adventures and misadventures, the ambitious luminary didn't fail to impart some extraordinary plans as well. By now, it is no secret that he plans to set up camp on Mars and even on the moon. But it seems that Musk's dream of making life multiplantery will also come back full circle to make life here on Earth just as spectacular.

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