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3D printed Moon base could use astronaut urine as a key ingredient

3D printed Moon base could use astronaut urine as a key ingredient

The European Space Agency is exploring how astronaut urine could be repurposed as a valuable building material, potentially enabling stronger 3D printed Moon bases and more. The research, published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, focused on using what would normally be a waste byproduct requiring disposal, and making it much more useful.

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Mesmerizing “lucky” Jupiter image reveals monumental storm secrets

Mesmerizing “lucky” Jupiter image reveals monumental storm secrets

Groundbreaking new images of Jupiter have pieced together a "lucky image" of the mysterious planet, giving astronomers unprecedented insights into the fierce storms that churn the gas giant's clouds. Using the Gemini North telescope on Hawaii's Maunakea, a mosaic of shots designed to bypass the effect of Earth's atmosphere allow us to see Jupiter as if we were in orbit around it.

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NASA “memory metal” tires could give future Mars rovers a wheel upgrade

NASA “memory metal” tires could give future Mars rovers a wheel upgrade

NASA is working on shape memory alloy tires for future missions to Mars, figuring out ways to give rovers and more an airless, shapeshifting wheel. While NASA's Perseverance rover is headed off to Mars later this year with six aluminum wheels, in the future NASA vehicles - and vehicles a lot closer to home - could take advantage of memory metals.

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Scientists find the first evidence of Martian rivers in long-term action

Scientists find the first evidence of Martian rivers in long-term action

Scientist have known that Mars, at some point in its life, had water on its surface. Scientists have now found the first evidence of rivers in long-term action preserved in the rock of an exposed cliff-face on the Red Planet. The team says that rivers continuously shifted in their gullies, creating sandbanks similar to the Rhine or rivers found in Northern Italy.

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ESO astronomers discover a black hole only 1000 light-years from Earth

ESO astronomers discover a black hole only 1000 light-years from Earth

A group of astronomers from the European Southern Observatory, or ESO, and other institutes has discovered a black hole that's only 1000 light-years from Earth. While the distance is vast, the new black hole is closer to our Solar System than any other black hole found so far. The black hole forms part of a triple system that can be seen with the naked eye.

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NASA details precise microbial ‘fingerprints’ astronauts leave in space

NASA details precise microbial ‘fingerprints’ astronauts leave in space

NASA has detailed a new study that found precise microbial 'fingerprints' that astronauts left behind on the International Space Station. According to the research, microorganisms transferred from astronauts' bodies to the ISS environment retained a close resemblance to their source and scientists were able to determine which part of the astronaut's body they came from.

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Artemis Accords moon mining pact in the works with Trump admin: Report

Artemis Accords moon mining pact in the works with Trump admin: Report

A "legal blueprint for mining on the moon" was tipped to be in the works in the White House under the U.S.-sponsored international agreement called the Artemis Accords. A report this week suggests that a draft pact has not yet been "formally shared" with any U.S. allies as of yet. This agreement would be made in association with NASA and ideally agreed upon by by government officials around the world.

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Scientists discover bands of clouds streaking across a brown dwarf

Scientists discover bands of clouds streaking across a brown dwarf

Astronomers have detected something interesting on the surface of a cool star-like body known as a brown dwarf. The team of astronomers has identified what appear to be bands of clouds that are streaking across the surface of the brown dwarf. Those cloud bands are said to resemble clouds that stripe the surface of Jupiter and were discovered using a technique called polarimetry.

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Researchers have created a working rotating detonation engine

Researchers have created a working rotating detonation engine

A team of researchers in Florida, working with the United States Air Force, claim to have built and tested an experimental model of a rotating detonation rocket engine. This type of engine uses spinning explosions inside a ring channel to create extremely efficient thrust. The engine is capable of running until the fuel is turned off.

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Tom Cruise, SpaceX to shoot a film on the International Space Station

Tom Cruise, SpaceX to shoot a film on the International Space Station

There have been countless movies that have been set in outer space but not all of them can make a claim to be really based on reality. For that to happen, one will have to actually be in space or at least shoot some scenes there. Considering the logistics, not to mention legal and regulatory requirements, of that stunt, it's no surprise that almost no one has even bothered to do so. Tom Cruise and SpaceX, however, want to change that and they have their eyes on the ISS from the get-go.

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Steve Carell’s Space Force trailer tips Netflix release date

Steve Carell’s Space Force trailer tips Netflix release date

This morning the first major trailer for the show Space Force was revealed with Steve Carell as the star. This show will focus on a fictional iteration of the real deal, the Space Force, the space-centric "force" of the military decidedly announced by President Donald Trump. The trailer suggests that this television show will start streaming on Netflix this month.

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MIT researchers think life may thrive on hydrogen planets

MIT researchers think life may thrive on hydrogen planets

Sara Seager, the Class of 1941 Professor of Planetary Science, Physics, and Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, wants to avoid a situation where humans might encounter alien organisms but fail to recognize it as actual life. Seager wants to cast a wider net when looking for environments beyond our own that might be habitable. Seager and fellow researchers recently published a paper noting observations and laboratory studies that show microbes can survive and thrive in atmospheres that are dominated by hydrogen.

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