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SpaceX CRS-12 launches: Mars supercomputer headed to ISS

SpaceX CRS-12 launches: Mars supercomputer headed to ISS

SpaceX has aced its latest Dragon launch, with CRS-12 successfully taking off from Cape Canaveral this morning and the Falcon 9 rocket landing back safely. The mission, CRS-12, is SpaceX's twelfth resupply mission to the International Space Station. Among the cargo is a new supercomputer, which it's hoped will pave the way for a successful mission to Mars.

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The moon will get a private LTE cell station in late 2018

The moon will get a private LTE cell station in late 2018

We've seen various plans and efforts to bring Internet to the moon, but how about ordinary cell phone service? One startup called Part Time Scientists has detailed a plan to launch LTE connectivity on the moon's surface, enabling the company's rovers to communicate with the team back on Earth using something other than direct Earth communications. This will save both time and money.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch animation shows how things should go

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch animation shows how things should go

Elon Musk is not one to shy away from media or controversy if it means pushing his dreams forward. That has been true with Tesla and even The Boring Company and while SpaceX has enjoyed a good amount of success, there are still naysayers just waiting for him to fail. They might have their chance in about three months, when SpaceX makes its first attempt to launch a Falcon Heavy rocket. Amusingly, Musk himself seems almost prepared for that as well.

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Virgin Galactic’s rocket system just aced a huge test

Virgin Galactic’s rocket system just aced a huge test

Early this morning, Virgin Galactic completed two successful flights of its VSS Unity and VMS Eve crafts, a process that kicked off around 9AM in the Mojave Desert. This marks the first time the VSS Unity, something known as a rocket-powered manned SpaceShipTwo space-plane, has taken to the sky in a couple months. Virgin Galactic explains that this latest flight was something of a dry-run ahead of more powerful flights.

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Google has solar eclipse glasses for the masses

Google has solar eclipse glasses for the masses

We're not sure if you've heard, but this total solar eclipse we've got coming up is a pretty big deal. It's definitely a rare event to have a total solar eclipse like this cross from the United States' west coast to the east coast, and indeed, the next one to do so won't occur until August 12, 2045. It's little surprise, then, that Google has teamed up with Mystery Science to get people outside to view the event.

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NASA wants a ‘Planetary Protection Officer’ to protect Earth from microbes

NASA wants a ‘Planetary Protection Officer’ to protect Earth from microbes

NASA is seeking a new 'Planetary Protection Officer,' according to a recent job listing, and whomever gets the position will be tasked with protecting our planet from alien life (though likely not in the way you're thinking). The position was recently listed on the USA Jobs government website, where it reveals that this well-paying position falls under the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance for Planetary Protection.

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Saturn’s moon Titan has two vital ingredients that could produce life

Saturn’s moon Titan has two vital ingredients that could produce life

Researchers have made an exciting announcement about Saturn's moon Titan -- it may hold the key ingredients for life. The discovery was made by the Cassini spacecraft, which found two potential compounds that could lead to life. One of the compounds, vinyl cyanide, originates from Titan's upper atmosphere, while the second compound, carbon chain anions, were found in the moon's ionosphere.

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First ever exomoon may have been found 4,000 light-years away

First ever exomoon may have been found 4,000 light-years away

Researchers have announced the possible discovery of the first-ever exomoon -- that is, the first moon spotted outside of our own solar system. The findings were made by researchers with Columbia University, which report good odds that the signal they detected reveals the presence of a moon orbiting a far away planet. The moon was found by looking for decreases in light from distant planets that results when the moon passes between it and the observing telescope.

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Sony A7s II shoots in outer space from outside ISS

Sony A7s II shoots in outer space from outside ISS

It came from outer space! Actually, it went to outer space. We’re talking about Sony’s nearly two-year old full-frame mirrorless camera, the (alpha) A7s II. In addition to its boasted top of the line (as of 2015) features, the camera can now boast of being the first commercial camera to have the honor of staying outside the International Space Station to capture 4K video of the Earth, of space, and of everything in between.

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Phobos makes surprise appearance in Hubble Mars photo

Phobos makes surprise appearance in Hubble Mars photo

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recently captured a time lapse of Phobos, a tiny rock-like moon, orbiting around Mars. The resulting composite image of the 13 total exposures shows what appears to be a bright dot of light near Mars...it looks something like a spec of dust that reflected light back at a camera. That 'speck of dust,' though, is a great look at one of the Red Planet's two small moons.

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Street View in Space: Google Maps on the International Space Station

Street View in Space: Google Maps on the International Space Station

Google Street View has escaped Earth and made it to the International Space Station, with the first-person Google Maps add-on venturing out into zero gravity. European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet spent half a year on the ISS, returning to Earth last month. While on the orbiting research platform he captured numerous Street View images which Google has now released publicly.

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SpaceX’s next-gen Dragon won’t have propulsion landings after all

SpaceX’s next-gen Dragon won’t have propulsion landings after all

SpaceX has abandoned plans to use powered landings for its Mars-destined Dragon spacecraft, company CEO Elon Musk recently revealed. The original plan involved utilizing thrusters to help the Dragon land, but a 'tough decision' was made to eliminate that ability, or at least part of it. Musk explains that while the technical ability is still there, it has removed from the design the small legs that would pop out for the spacecraft to land on.

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