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SpaceX’s Starship SN3 prototype imploded on the test bed

SpaceX’s Starship SN3 prototype imploded on the test bed

SpaceX's latest Starship prototype trial didn't quite go according to plan, with a fairly dramatic implosion during cryogenic proof testing early on Friday morning. Started on Thursday, it was meant to show that the full-scale Starship prototype, known as SN3, was capable of surviving the sort of pressures it'll eventually face in flight.

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NASA offers details on new lunar surface sustainability concept

NASA offers details on new lunar surface sustainability concept

NASA is planning to send astronauts to the surface of the moon by 2024. If the mission carries on as planned, it will be the first time since the '60s humans have walked on the surface of another planetary body. Before humans can go to the moon in 2024, infrastructure to support a long-term sustainable presence has to be put in place. The Artemis program will allow mankind to explore for the moon like never before and help to prepare for a future crewed mission to Mars.

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MIT creates 3D printed soft brain implants

MIT creates 3D printed soft brain implants

Scientists MIT have created a new type of brain implant that is much better than the traditional rigid brain implant commonly used today. The scientists say that brain implants made from metal or other rigid materials can, over time, cause inflammation and the buildup of scar tissue inside the brain. The implants that the MIT researchers have created are 3D printed soft, rubbery implants.

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NASA’s new era of spaceflight revives a much-loved logo

NASA’s new era of spaceflight revives a much-loved logo

Next month when NASA and SpaceX conduct the first crewed test flight of the private space company's Crew Dragon spacecraft, the Falcon 9 rocket that launches the team will feature NASA's retro 'worm' logo. The space agency announced its plans to revive this iconic, but dated, logo for its new round of manned space activity, pointing back through its history and the place this logo has had in modern spaceflight.

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NASA Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope will search for exoplanets with wide orbits

NASA Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope will search for exoplanets with wide orbits

NASA's talking about a mission called the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope or WFIRST. The mission is designed to search for planets outside our solar system where the majority of stars are. Studying the properties of these distant planets will help scientists to understand planetary systems throughout the galaxy and how planets form and evolve. Data gathered from WFIRST will be combined with data from Kepler and TESS missions to complete the first planet census that is sensitive to a wide range of planet masses and orbits.

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NASA attaches Send Your Name placard to Perseverance Rover

NASA attaches Send Your Name placard to Perseverance Rover

NASA ran the "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign inviting people from around the world to submit their names to hitch a ride to Mars aboard the new Perseverance Rover. Nearly 11 million people submitted their names, and all the names were stenciled by an electron beam onto a trio of fingernail-sized silicon chips. Also stenciled on the chips were essays from 155 finalists in NASA's "Name the Rover" contest.

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NASA expands groundwater maps globally to help reveal remote droughts

NASA expands groundwater maps globally to help reveal remote droughts

NASA has teamed up with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's National Drought Mitigation Center to distribute maps showing the current and projected state of groundwater and soil moisture around the world. This marks an important expansion of the maps from covering just the US to the entire world, shedding light on remote and rural regions where droughts and other water issues may not be as readily discovered.

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12,000+ people applied to be a NASA astronaut for missions to our Moon and Mars

12,000+ people applied to be a NASA astronaut for missions to our Moon and Mars

More than 12,000 individuals applied for the job of astronaut in NASA's 2020 call for interest in the Artemis Generation. Those chosen for the program will be involved in Artemis missions to our Moon and beyond. "We've entered a bold new era of space exploration with the Artemis program," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "We are thrilled to see so many incredible Americans apply to join us."

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90m year old Antarctic rainforest raises huge climate change question

90m year old Antarctic rainforest raises huge climate change question

Antarctica may be inhospitable ice today, but 90 million years ago it could've been home to a flourishing rainforest, new research has discovered. Published today, the study rewrites our assumptions about the polar region, and ignites new questions about how Earth's climate could change so dramatically.

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Hubble Space Telescope discovers evidence of an intermediate-mass black hole

Hubble Space Telescope discovers evidence of an intermediate-mass black hole

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have found the best evidence so far for an elusive type of black hole known as an "intermediate-mass" black hole. The existence of the elusive kind of black hole was discovered after it tore apart a star that passed too close. Scientists say that the intermediate-mass black hole is about 50,000 times the mass of our Sun.

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James Webb Space Telescope full mirror deployment was a success

James Webb Space Telescope full mirror deployment was a success

NASA recently tested the mirror array of the James Webb Space Telescope by fully deploying the primary mirror into the same configuration that it will have when in space. The telescope is currently set for liftoff in 2021. Technicians and engineers are working diligently to complete a long list of final tests before the observatory can launch.

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NASA’s Mars Helicopter gets one last spin before launch

NASA’s Mars Helicopter gets one last spin before launch

Last week at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA wrapped up what it says was 'important testing' involving the small helicopter that will be shipped with its Perseverance Mars rover next year. This was the last time the helicopter's rotor blades will spin until the vehicle arrives on the Martian surface, where NASA hopes to operate the first-ever aircraft on a planet other than Earth.

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