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NASA’s plucky Cassini is about to buzz Saturn’s epic rings

NASA’s plucky Cassini is about to buzz Saturn’s epic rings

It's been a whirlwind adventure for NASA's Cassini spacecraft, beaming back incredible photos from Saturn over the past years, but its most exciting mission is almost upon us. The research probe has been surveying Saturn from different angles since 2004, along the way capturing shots of its moons and more, but now it's the turn of the planet's most notorious feature to get some attention. Cassini is about to buzz Saturn's rings.

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NASA: Mars’ hidden ice deposit has as much water as Lake Superior

NASA: Mars’ hidden ice deposit has as much water as Lake Superior

According to NASA, Mars is home to an ice deposit that has about as much water as Lake Superior. The ice deposit was found using the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s ground-penetrating radar, says the space agency, with the deposit itself being located in the planet’s Utopia Planitia region. The sheet of soil covering the ice deposit prevents it from being turned into water vapor.

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Einstein’s speed of light constant could be proven wrong

Einstein’s speed of light constant could be proven wrong

Albert Einstein might be known for a great many things, but even the layman might be familiar with at least one thing: E = mc2, the formula for mass-energy equivalence. However, a critical part of that formula might soon be debunked. According to Einstein’s physics, light has, does, and always will travel at a constant speed. Some physicists and cosmologists have begun challenging that observation, and may just have gotten closer to proving that the venerable scientist may have been wrong.

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SpaceX wins contract to launch ocean-monitoring satellite for NASA

SpaceX wins contract to launch ocean-monitoring satellite for NASA

Despite their recent troubles over a rocket explosion, Elon Musk's SpaceX has won another contract from NASA to launch a satellite for the agency. April 2021 will see the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite sent into orbit on one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets that's launched from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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Schiaparelli lander’s mysterious crash partially solved

Schiaparelli lander’s mysterious crash partially solved

On 19th October, the European Space Agency rejoiced as its first ExoMars mission successfully completed one of two initial goals. The Trace Gas Orbiter was finally in orbit around its red planet target. However, rejoicing gave way to scratched heads and furrowed brows as the second part of that phase remained in question. The Schiaparelli lander had mysteriously vanished after it detached from the orbiter to land on the surface. Its remains were found three days later and now the ESA has released its initial findings on what may have caused its premature demise.

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See Ceres’ bright spot up close in latest NASA space photo

See Ceres’ bright spot up close in latest NASA space photo

Remember the formerly mysterious bright spots on Ceres that intrigued researchers and the Internet alike? The space agency has released a new photograph shot by the Dawn spacecraft, and in it we get a clear, up-close look at one of these bright spots and the crater in which it is located. The spot isn't very shiny and bright in this photo; rather, we see just how rough the terrain in this area is.

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NOAA GOES-R weather satellite launch goes off without a hitch

NOAA GOES-R weather satellite launch goes off without a hitch

NASA has announced a successful launch of a highly advanced National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather satellite. The satellite is called the NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R or GOES-R. The launch happened at 6:42 p.m. EST on November 19 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The GOES-R satellite will boost the nation's weather observation capability allowing more accurate and timely weather forecasts, watches, and warnings.

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SpaceX Mars ITS fuel tank tests end in success

SpaceX Mars ITS fuel tank tests end in success

SpaceX just moved one step closer to realizing its dreams of a mission to Mars. The company has been recently testing a lot of the components that will make the trip to Mars, with the latest test being one for the massive fuel tank that will be attached to its Interplanetary Transport System. SpaceX announced this week that the tests were a success, taking to Twitter to share a photo of the tests in progress.

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NASA’s News on Pluto: a new underground ocean

NASA’s News on Pluto: a new underground ocean

Signs point to an underground ocean on Pluto thanks to information gathered by NASA's New Horizons probe. While the probe passed Pluto in July of 2015, information continues to travel back to Earth even now. Researchers pore over the information gathered and turn up new revelations every day. While not every finding in the data sent back to our planet is worthy of a massive news story - this one certainly is.

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Monday’s supermoon will be the closest since 1948, so don’t miss it

Monday’s supermoon will be the closest since 1948, so don’t miss it

It seems like supermoons are happening all the time, but some of them are indeed more special than others. This upcoming Monday, the moon will be the closest it has been to Earth since 1948…’making it an extra-super moon,’ says NASA. If you miss this upcoming supermoon, you won’t see another one this close until November 25th in the year 2034, a full 18 years from now. This super moon will be followed up by another one on December 14.

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NASA paper leaks claiming that the physics violating EM Drive works

NASA paper leaks claiming that the physics violating EM Drive works

Every now and again scientists make a discovery that seems to violate the laws of physics as we know them. A paper has leaked from NASA that indicates that a new type of propulsion drive for space travel actually works despite violating Newton's third law of physics. That particular law states that every reaction has an equal and opposite reaction. The EM Drive offers the possibility of creating thrust in the vacuum of space without needing fuel.

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NASA ‘smallsats’ swarm will help space agency study Earth’s weather

NASA ‘smallsats’ swarm will help space agency study Earth’s weather

NASA is set to launch a swarm of small satellites into Earth’s orbit, enabling the space agency to study our planet’s climate as it changes, as well as the weather patterns that result from that. These small satellites are, appropriately enough, called 'smallsats,' and they're described as being 'next-gen' versions of this technology. The space agency detailed the smallsats yesterday during a conference, and plans to release them into orbit in the upcoming months.

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