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Hayabusa 2 sends back highest resolution images of Ryugu yet

Hayabusa 2 sends back highest resolution images of Ryugu yet

Japan has been operating a mission on the surface of an asteroid for a while now. The Hayabusa2 spacecraft has been snapping images and its rovers have been cruising the surface of the asteroid snapping pics. Recently JAXA, the Japanese space agency, shared the highest resolution images of Ryugu to date.

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NASA RainCube mini weather satellites may improve forecast accuracy

NASA RainCube mini weather satellites may improve forecast accuracy

In July, NASA astronauts on the International Space Station deployed a small satellite called RainCube that monitors storms and sends information about them to researchers. The tiny CubeSat sent back its first storm images in August, relaying data it had captured of a storm over Mexico. Following that, RainCube then captured images of Hurricane Florence's first rainfall.

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ESA’s Gaia has found stars that might be the home of Oumuamua interstellar object

ESA’s Gaia has found stars that might be the home of Oumuamua interstellar object

Scientists and astronomers around the globe were aflutter last year when an interstellar object called Oumuamua was discovered. The argument over the object spanned from if it was an asteroid or comet to what star system the object originated from. The ESA has been using data gleaned from the Gaia spacecraft to try and determine what star systems Oumuamua could have possibly originated from.

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NASA Opportunity rover spied in distant Mars aerial image

NASA Opportunity rover spied in distant Mars aerial image

The possibly doomed NASA Opportunity rover was spotted in an aerial image of Mars, the space agency has revealed. The team still hasn't managed to communicate with the rover, which lost most of its power during a global dust storm that blotted out the Sun. Thanks to the NASA Reconnaissance Orbiter, however, the space agency has been able to visually see its rover for the first time in many weeks.

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Saturn’s moon Titan also has dust storms

Saturn’s moon Titan also has dust storms

Contrary to what most of us may have imagined as kids, the planets in our solar system aren’t all just spheres of solid rock. Some are completely gaseous, others may be liquid. Their moons are just as varied in composition and behavior. Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, is strangely one of the few members of our neighborhood that has some similarities to our own Earth. Now scientists may have discovered yet another similarity. Titan, just like Earth and Mars, may actually have dust storms.

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This NASA space laser has climate change in its sights

This NASA space laser has climate change in its sights

NASA's mission to measure the impact of climate change and other factors on melting polar ice caps is off to a good start, with ICESat-2 set to use lasers to track just how precarious the situation is. ICESat-2 - or the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 - will pick up where its predecessor left off, only with a much higher degree of accuracy.

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Climate change is making Earth wobble more as it spins

Climate change is making Earth wobble more as it spins

The Earth, as many of us are (hopefully) already aware, rotates on its own axis, and that rotation serves as the basis for our 24-hour day. However, the Earth doesn't exactly experience what can be described as a smooth rotation, as it wobbles as it spins. Scientists with NASA have discovered new causes of this spin-axis drift, dubbed "polar motion," and it seems that climate change is behind one of the three.

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Hayabusa2 MINERVA-II1 hopping rovers send back asteroid pics

Hayabusa2 MINERVA-II1 hopping rovers send back asteroid pics

Conspiracy theories aside, man has landed rovers on the moon and on Mars. But on something as “mobile” as an asteroid? Hardly. But that is exactly the achievement that the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency or JAXA celebrated a few days ago when it reported that its Hayabus2 mission successfully launched two MINERVA-II1 rovers. And more than such having successfully landed on the Ryugu asteroid, the rovers are in working condition and are already sending home some rather curious photos.

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TESS planet hunter gifts NASA two new exoplanets

TESS planet hunter gifts NASA two new exoplanets

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has shared its first observations with NASA, revealing the existence of two exoplanets previously unknown to researchers. The satellite was launched in April with the mission to find new planets, something it has already achieved with more sure to come. In addition to the two exoplanets, TESS found at least 73 stars that could have nearby exoplanets.

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ESA’s Gaia finds the Milky Way is still recovering from near collision

ESA’s Gaia finds the Milky Way is still recovering from near collision

Gaia is a star mapping mission that the ESA is conducting, and it recently discovered something very interesting. Gaia has found that the Milky Way galaxy is still facing the effects of a near collision that set millions of stars to rippling like water in a lake. ESA scientists believe that the near collision happened in the past 300-900 million years.

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ESA and Nissan team to build off-road observatory for astronomers

ESA and Nissan team to build off-road observatory for astronomers

The European Space Agency has teamed with Nissan to develop an off-road mobile observatory capable of traveling to the world's darkest regions. The new vehicle, which is described as a concept at this time, is named the Nissan Navara "Dark Sky." According to the space agency, this concept includes a trailer featuring a high-powered observatory-class PlaneWave telescope.

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Hubble discovery could change our understanding of neutron star evolution

Hubble discovery could change our understanding of neutron star evolution

Despite its many years of service, the Hubble Space Telescope is still helping astronomers and scientists to understand the universe. Hubble has discovered features around a neutron star that have never been seen before leaving scientists trying to figure out what has been discovered. Hubble found an unusual infrared light emission around a nearby neutron star.

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