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This one-of-a-kind comet aurora could help make crewed Mars missions safer

This one-of-a-kind comet aurora could help make crewed Mars missions safer

A mysterious ultraviolet glow spotted for the first time around a comet could help pave the way to protecting astronauts from solar radiation, NASA has said today. The new research into data gathered by the Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko overturns an old theory about the unusually-shaped rock's aura, and presents a far more fascinating possibility.

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ESA shares a new view of Saturn’s moon Enceladus

ESA shares a new view of Saturn’s moon Enceladus

The European Space Agency (ESA) has created a global infrared mosaic of the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The mosaic was created using a complete dataset from the Casini spacecraft that orbited Saturn and its moons between 2004 and 2017. Cassini's mission ended after the spacecraft was intentionally sent into the atmosphere of the planet.

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MIT engineers produce a completely flat fisheye lens

MIT engineers produce a completely flat fisheye lens

Fisheye lenses have been around for a long time and are used to capture panoramic views in a single shot. These ultra-wide-angle lenses are made from multiple pieces of curved glass that can distort light to produce the wide images. The challenge with traditional fisheye lenses is that the spherical design and multiple pieces of glass makes them bulky and expensive to produce.

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Solar flare activity could have contributed to the Titanic sinking

Solar flare activity could have contributed to the Titanic sinking

A new paper has been published concerning the iconic and tragic wreck of the Titanic. The research paper speculates that the solar flare activity could have contributed to the massive ship's sinking. The Titanic sunk on April 14, 1912, and the new study has found that the northern hemisphere was being hit by a moderate to severe magnetic storm on the very night the ship sank.

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NASA requests white papers to help choose Artemis science operations

NASA requests white papers to help choose Artemis science operations

One of the biggest missions NASA is working on today is getting prepared for the Artemis mission that will return humans to the moon. NASA recently requested science white papers to help the agency design a framework for the Artemis mission's science operations. One of the proposals suggests astronauts on the mission should bring back samples of lunar ice and samples of lunar regolith.

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Halloween 2020 will have an extremely rare full moon

Halloween 2020 will have an extremely rare full moon

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in the United States, and this year Halloween will be particularly special. Halloween 2020 will be the first since 1944 were nearly all the time zones in the world will experience a full moon. The last time a full moon happened on Halloween in the US was in 2001 for the Central and Pacific time zones.

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Study claims sea ice triggered the Little Ice Age in the 1300s

Study claims sea ice triggered the Little Ice Age in the 1300s

A new study has been published that has found sea ice can cause climate change. The study has found that sea ice isn't simply a passive responder to climate change. According to the study, the growth of sea ice could have contributed to the demise of Norse colonies in Greenland during the 14th and 15th centuries.

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Contest wants to send a reality show winner to the ISS

Contest wants to send a reality show winner to the ISS

People seem to be getting more interested in the International Space Station in recent months. There's talk of a new venture that would host a reality TV show. The winner of that reality TV show would be sent to the ISS in orbit above the earth. The television production company pushing the contest is called Space Hero LLC.

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NASA says Artemis astronauts may not visit the lunar South Pole

NASA says Artemis astronauts may not visit the lunar South Pole

NASA has had a primary focus for many months on putting astronauts back on the moon in 2024. The space agency originally said that the astronauts would be placed on the moon's south pole, but that may be changing. The Artemis program's landing site was the subject of two separate events held by agency leaders recently. The first was with NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine in a digital meeting held by the NASA advisory group called the Letter Exploration Analysis Group.

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Arctic sea ice melt is increasing due to warm Atlantic water from below

Arctic sea ice melt is increasing due to warm Atlantic water from below

Scientists are pointing out that ice melt in the Arctic is increasing. The researchers say the rate of ice melt is increasing due to warm water from the Atlantic Ocean flowing under the Arctic ice. Researchers say that it's been long known when summer ends in the Arctic and sea ice begins to grow once more. That point is known as the annual sea ice minimum extent, and they say it has decreased consistently over the last 15 years.

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Roscosmos director says Venus is a Russian planet

Roscosmos director says Venus is a Russian planet

Officials in Russia have been up to some shenanigans, seemingly trying to lay claim to an entire planet. Last week the Director-General of the Russian space corporation, Roscosmos, claimed that Venus was a Russian planet. Director-General Dmitry Rogozin told reporters that resuming the exploration of Venus was on Russia's agenda.

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ESA funds Hera mission as part of planetary defense project with NASA

ESA funds Hera mission as part of planetary defense project with NASA

The European Space Agency has announced the funding of Hera, its part of the overall AIDA mission it will participate in with NASA. The Hera mission will involve sending a probe to investigate the impact of a NASA mission on an asteroid, two aspects of an overall mission designed to help protect our planet from asteroids. The awarded contract covers spacecraft design and more.

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