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Scientists research why the moon is rusting

Scientists research why the moon is rusting

Scientists are currently investigating why the surface of the moon is rusting. What baffles scientists so much is that there is no air or water on the moon, which are both required for hematite, which is a type of rust, to form. The new study looks at data gathered by the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 orbiter.

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NASA digs up old Mars photo to highlight twin peaks hiding in plain sight

NASA digs up old Mars photo to highlight twin peaks hiding in plain sight

NASA has pulled an old Mars image from its archives, bringing it to the attention of a new generation of space enthusiasts. The image was captured by one of the space agency's earlier Martian rovers, one that operated for less than three months before retiring in the late 1990s. What makes this particular image so unique? It reveals 'twin peaks' that, NASA only realized in retrospect, had been hiding in plain sight for two decades.

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Black holes collide in universe-shaker science said should never happen

Black holes collide in universe-shaker science said should never happen

Two colossal black holes merging and creating a single, even larger black hole have given astrophysicists the biggest gravitational wave spike yet detected, a space-time shaking collision generating wave energy equal to eight Suns. The mysterious signal was captured by the National Science Foundation’s Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and Virgo detectors on May 21, 2019, a vanishingly brief jolt with huge implications.

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Researchers create a novel way to remove moon dust

Researchers create a novel way to remove moon dust

One significant challenge for astronauts who ventured to the moon during the Apollo era was controlling the fine, powdery dust that coated everything during moon missions. A team of researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder is working on a new solution to help control moon dust for future missions to Earth's satellite. The dust of the moon is called regolith, and it has the ability to stick to all kinds of surfaces, including spacesuits, solar panels, and helmets. The dust can damage equipment.

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NASA says Artemis I Orion spacecraft has passed key certification tests

NASA says Artemis I Orion spacecraft has passed key certification tests

In an announcement on Tuesday, NASA revealed that the spacecraft it will launch as part of its Artemis I lunar mission has passed key certification tests, paving the way for the agency's hopeful launch in 2024. The Artemis I will involve the Orion spacecraft, as well as the Space Launch System (SLS) and the Exploration Ground Systems programs. Artemis I will be followed shortly after by a second mission aptly named Artemis II.

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Future astronauts may zap away annoying, messy Moon dust

Future astronauts may zap away annoying, messy Moon dust

If you think sand is annoying, wait until you hear astronauts describe their experiences with Moon dust. The substance is apparently easy to kick up into the environment, causing it to settle all over the place: on suits, in vehicles, and other places it could end up being a problem. How will future astronauts, particularly ones stationed on the lunar surface for long periods of time, deal with this nuisance?

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OGO-1 satellite burns up on reentry after 56 years in service

OGO-1 satellite burns up on reentry after 56 years in service

With so many satellites in space today, when they are no longer functional, they can't simply remain in place. If at all possible, satellites are pushed back into the atmosphere with the final burn of their thrusters where they burn up on reentry. A satellite that had been in orbit for over five and a half decades, called OGO-1, recently burned up on reentry.

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NASA shares stunning photo of Earth painted with sunrise shadows

NASA shares stunning photo of Earth painted with sunrise shadows

NASA has captured thousands of images from space, many of which are made available on the agency's website. Though many of these images aren't terribly exciting, some of them have proven stunning, particularly ones showing off our own planet in a way we can't perceive from the surface. The latest example of this kind of content is a new image that shows Earth bathed in sunrise shadows.

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Rocket Lab celebrates its latest successful launch

Rocket Lab celebrates its latest successful launch

Rocket Lab had a successful launch today that helped the company shake off its failed launch last month. The launch that happened today was the company's 13th orbital launch, and the rocket performed flawlessly. This particular mission put the Sequoia satellite into orbit for Capella Space.

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Giant asteroid to zoom past Earth on September 1

Giant asteroid to zoom past Earth on September 1

NASA recently announced that a giant asteroid approximately the size of a multistory building will fly by the Earth on September 1. The asteroid is called 2011 ES4, and it has measurements of between 22 and 49 meters. NASA believes that the asteroid will pass at a minimum distance to Earth of about 120,000 kilometers.

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SpaceX bags first polar mission from Florida in 50 years

SpaceX bags first polar mission from Florida in 50 years

Just when you thought the company couldn't make history anymore, SpaceX just launched yet another one. Although it had to cancel the first of its two planned launches on Sunday due to unfavorable weather conditions, luck seemed to still smile on it as it launched what may be the more historic one. Not only that, but it was also able to safely land the Falcon 9 rocket that has now flown four times and is now also the first rocket to be launched from Florida on a polar corridor mission since 1969.

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NASA shares a gorgeous image of Cygnus supernova blast wave

NASA shares a gorgeous image of Cygnus supernova blast wave

NASA has shared a new and very cool photograph via its Instagram page. The image looks almost as if it was created using Photoshop, showing an undulating orange ribbon across space. NASA says the image is actually of a small section of Cygnus' supernova blast wave.

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