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NASA’s new Hubble ebook details the lives of stars and it’s free to download

NASA’s new Hubble ebook details the lives of stars and it’s free to download

NASA has published a new ebook for space enthusiasts, one that details the observations and discoveries made by its Hubble Space Telescope. The book is around 55 pages long and includes a number of images of both the telescope and the parts of the universe it has explored. As with other materials NASA publishes, the ebook is free to download.

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Hubble Space Telescope pinpoints the locations of five fast radio bursts

Hubble Space Telescope pinpoints the locations of five fast radio bursts

Astronomers have used the Hubble Space Telescope to trace the locations of five very brief and powerful fast radio bursts (FRBs). FRBs are events that generate as much energy in a thousand of a second as the sun does in an entire year. By their nature, FRBs are transient and disappear faster than the blink of an eye. Because of the speed at which they originate and disappear, scientists have had difficulty determining where they come from.

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NASA plans sixth Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flight

NASA plans sixth Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flight

The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has been so successful with its five previous test flights that NASA has announced it's now planning a sixth flight. The mission is in the planning phase currently and is expected to happen in the next week. NASA points out that this flight will be the first executed under the helicopter's operations demonstration phase and will see the helicopter scout multiple surface features from the air and land at a different airfield.

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NASA reveals launch plan for VIPER, its first mobile lunar robot

NASA reveals launch plan for VIPER, its first mobile lunar robot

NASA plans to send its Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) to the Moon in 2023, the space agency has announced. This will be its first mobile robot, NASA said, and it'll be tasked with exploring the lunar surface's most extreme areas. The goal is to map resources found around the Moon's South Pole, ones that astronauts may be able to harvest one day.

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ESA pushes ahead on Starlink-GPS style hybrid network for the Moon

ESA pushes ahead on Starlink-GPS style hybrid network for the Moon

An incredible network of lunar satellites, ringing the Moon and powering a telecoms and navigation system there, is another step closer to reality, the European Space Agency has announced today. The ESA's Moonlight plan would address one of the growing areas of concern as humanity plans a crewed return to the lunar surface, delivering stable communications between teams and back with mission control on Earth.

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Scientists made tardigrade bullets to test space travel water bear ballistics

Scientists made tardigrade bullets to test space travel water bear ballistics

If you were to rank animals by scale versus fascinating physical features, tardigrades - aka water bears - would probably land top of the heap. Though microscopic, the creatures' incredible resilience has made them a source of outsize interest for scientists, not to mention putting them into some deeply odd experiments.

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Astronomers discover heavy metal vapor inside comets

Astronomers discover heavy metal vapor inside comets

The team of researchers from Belgium have used data gathered by the European Southern Observatories Very Large Telescope and discovered that iron and nickel exist in the atmosphere of comets distributed throughout the solar system. The researchers say the same metal vapors are also found in comets that are very far from the sun. Another team of researchers from Poland also used data from the ESO and found that nickel vapor is present in the icy interstellar comet 2I/Borisov.

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Discovery plans TV competition that’ll send one person to space

Discovery plans TV competition that’ll send one person to space

Discovery has announced an upcoming competition show that aims to send one person to the International Space Station for eight days, making it the first of its kind to offer such an adventure. The show currently has the working title Who Wants to be an Astronaut?, and it is slated to premiere in 2022. The opportunity will be made available to 'everyday people,' according to the network.

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China Tianwen-1 rover returns first surface photos from Mars

China Tianwen-1 rover returns first surface photos from Mars

The Zhurong rover returned its first photos from Mars this week, marking another first for China. China is now the second nation on our planet Earth to land a craft on Mars and keep said probe operational for a period long enough to snap some photos. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) released video of the release of the craft from China's orbiter before landing as well as photos from the landed craft this week.

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Mars human city plans start now, with Nüwa

Mars human city plans start now, with Nüwa

A team of creators called Detrell revealed plans to create a city on Mars. This is the first major - or at least first public - set of plans to be submitted to the Mars Society, and one of the most impressive plans we've seen for such a thing so far. Detrell is made up of the architectural firm ABIBOO Studio and the Sustainable Offworld Network (SONet) community, and they have a very interesting plan.

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MIT study says all black holes undergo similar accretion cycles

MIT study says all black holes undergo similar accretion cycles

MIT researchers have been conducting a study into black holes of various sizes. On September 9, 2018, a fortuitous event occurred when astronomers spied a flash of light from a galaxy about 860 million light-years away. The source of the flash of light was a supermassive black hole approximately 50 times the mass of the sun that was normally very quiet.

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NASA study explores mental health benefits of gardening in space

NASA study explores mental health benefits of gardening in space

Gardening will play an important role in future long-term space missions, offering astronauts a source of healthy, fresh leafy greens -- and perhaps other plant foods -- while away from home. This may not be the only benefit that comes with gardening in space, however. As part of a new study, NASA is exploring whether these gardens may also help astronauts deal with the isolation of space life.

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