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Deinococcus radiodurans survived an entire year outside the ISS

Deinococcus radiodurans survived an entire year outside the ISS

The environment in outer space is extremely hazardous to most life. Once in space, objects are battered with cosmic radiation, solar UV radiation, extreme vacuum, and significant temperature fluctuations. It sounds like an environment where nothing alive could survive without complex protective systems such as those used by astronauts. Despite the extreme environment, a bacteria called Deinococcus radiodurans was recently recovered after spending a year in low Earth orbit outside the International Space Station.

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NASA administrator will leave under Biden even if asked to stay

NASA administrator will leave under Biden even if asked to stay

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has revealed that he will be leaving as head of the space agency under the Biden administration even if asked to remain. Bridenstine explained that he believes it is in the best interest of NASA that its administrator has 'a close relationship with the president' and who is trusted by the administration.

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NASA shows off glowing moon Europa with a mysterious blue light

NASA shows off glowing moon Europa with a mysterious blue light

Jupiter's icy moon Europa is the subject of NASA's latest image, one showing the moon bathed in a bright frosty blue glow. The image focuses on the 'night side' of the moon, the part that faces away from the Sun, revealing what its glow may look like as a result of the radiation from Jupiter.

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Asteroid Bennu may be hollow according to a new study

Asteroid Bennu may be hollow according to a new study

One of the more exciting things that NASA has done in recent memory is landing a probe on the surface of asteroid Bennu. OSIRIS-REx successfully touched down briefly on the asteroid's surface and gobbled up a bunch of samples that will be returned to earth for study. After orbiting the asteroid for a couple of years, some new data has now been published that sheds more light on the asteroid's composition.

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Blue Origin shares information on planned 2023 lunar cargo delivery

Blue Origin shares information on planned 2023  lunar cargo delivery

Blue Origin is a space business owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Recently the company shed some light on its plans to deliver cargo to the moon in 2023. The mission would be in support of a possible mission to put astronauts on the moon as early as 2024.

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The Milky Way may be full of Earth-like planets

The Milky Way may be full of Earth-like planets

The results of a new study have been published, and the researchers found exoplanet data suggests there could be at least 300 million potentially habitable planets in the Milky Way. The scientists found that about half of the sun-like stars in the Milky Way could be home to Earth-like planets.

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Look to the skies next week to view the Taurids meteor shower

Look to the skies next week to view the Taurids meteor shower

Amateur astronomers and skywatchers need to have their eyes on the heavens next week as the Taurid meteor shower could result in some impressive fireballs. Fireballs are a technical term for extremely bright meteors streaking through the atmosphere. For those unfamiliar, the Taurids are split into the Northern Taurids and the Southern Taurids.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon “Resilience” is fueled up and ready for launch

SpaceX Crew Dragon “Resilience” is fueled up and ready for launch

SpaceX is gearing up for its historic Crew-1 trip to the ISS to deliver astronauts to the orbiting research station. The Crew Dragon capsule that will be used for the mission has been dubbed "Resilience" and is currently scheduled to launch with astronauts aboard to the ISS later this month. SpaceX delivered the spacecraft to its hangar at Kennedy Space Center earlier this week.

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NASA seeks partners to tell the story of its return to the Moon

NASA seeks partners to tell the story of its return to the Moon

NASA is once again seeking partners for its Artemis program, but this time it isn't interested in sending payloads or developing new exploration technologies. Instead, NASA wants partners who can help tell the story of its return to the Moon, seeking to 'engage, excite, and inspire a worldwide audience.' NASA Administrator Bridenstine said the space agency is looking for content that exceeds its 'standard coverage.'

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Rocket Lab plans to attempt recovery of its first stage rocket

Rocket Lab plans to attempt recovery of its first stage rocket

It's very difficult to launch rockets into space successfully, and only a few companies and governments have been able to do it. It's even more challenging to launch a rocket into space and then recover the first stage for use to lessen the expense of rocket launches. So far, SpaceX has proven very adept at recovering its Falcon 9 first stage rockets regularly to be refitted and re-flown.

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Hubble begins a survey of nearby stars using ultraviolet-light

Hubble begins a survey of nearby stars using ultraviolet-light

A new initiative has been launched by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScl) in Baltimore, Maryland, using the Hubble Space Telescope called ULLYSES, which stands for UV Legacy Library of Young Stars as Essential Standards. ULLYSES is the largest observation program ever to use the Hubble telescope in terms of the amount of time dedicated to it. Over 300 stars will be included in the observing program.

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NASA and Caltech help discover the source of a fast radio burst in our galaxy

NASA and Caltech help discover the source of a fast radio burst in our galaxy

Something exciting happened on April 28 of this year when a strong x-ray radio burst occurred within our galaxy. Typically finding the source of x-ray radio bursts out in the universe is very difficult to do. The fact that this one was within the Milky Way galaxy made it easier for scientists at NASA and Caltech to pinpoint the source of the unique x-ray, radial burst. Researchers were able to determine the source was a supermagnetized stellar remnant known as a magnetar.

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