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Star Trek’s William Shatner joins Blue Origin NS-18 space launch

Star Trek’s William Shatner joins Blue Origin NS-18 space launch

Blue Origin has confirmed the final crew-members for the upcoming NS-18 launch, with Star Trek actor William Shatner set to occupy one of the last two seats in the spacecraft. Shatner will join Blue Origin's own Audrey Powers on NS-18, which is expected to launch later this month.

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Climate change is making the Earth reflect less light

Climate change is making the Earth reflect less light

New research suggests that as the climate on Earth changes, the planet is reflecting less light. The link between climate change and the brightness of the planet is clouds. Scientists have long struggled to create models showing how clouds respond to climate change. Researchers also want to know how changing clouds might shape the climate of the Earth in the future.

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Researchers create fuel from greenhouse gas

Researchers create fuel from greenhouse gas

Engineers at the University of Cincinnati have developed a method of creating fuel using greenhouse gases. The process has the potential to be able to create fuel both here on Earth and on Mars. If the process can be perfected, it could prove to be exactly what NASA needs to provide fuel for rockets and other uses on the surface of Mars for future human missions.

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BepiColumbo mission shares its first image of Mercury

BepiColumbo mission shares its first image of Mercury

BepiColumbo is a joint ESA-JAXA mission that is currently in space conducting operations. Recently, the ESA shared an image of the planet Mercury taken on October 1, 2021. The image was snapped as the BepiColumbo spacecraft flew past Mercury for any gravity assist maneuver.

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NASA administrator says first SLS launch unlikely until 2022

NASA administrator says first SLS launch unlikely until 2022

Recently a NASA administrator said there was no firm first launch date for the Space Launch System (SLS). However, the administrator said that NASA would soon set a target launch date, but that target would likely be early 2022. Another NASA administrator named Bob Cabana recently participated in the Maryland Space Business Roundtable webinar that was held on September 30.

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NOAA shares dramatic Hurricane Sam video recorded on ocean’s surface

NOAA shares dramatic Hurricane Sam video recorded on ocean’s surface

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has shared a dramatic high-quality video of Hurricane Sam as experienced while floating on the ocean's surface. The video was captured by a 'saildrone,' which is a type of floating drone that resembles a sailboat, only with a bright orange coating and a large solar panel.

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A newly discovered three-star system may have orbiting planets

A newly discovered three-star system may have orbiting planets

Researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, have worked with colleagues to identify a three-star solar system. The fact that the system has three stars isn't what's exciting. It appears that the star system may have orbiting planets. If planets are orbiting the trio of stars, it would be the first triple star system ever discovered with planets orbiting.

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MRO’s HiRise spots Perseverance rover from orbit

MRO’s HiRise spots Perseverance rover from orbit

In the image below, if you look closely, you can make out a white spec in the center of the photograph. That speck is NASA's Perseverance rover cruising the South Seitah region of the Jezero Crater on Mars. The image was taken from orbit around Mars by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). HiRise is a camera on the MRO, also known as High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment.

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NASA reveals the four people who will live and work in its Mars habitat

NASA reveals the four people who will live and work in its Mars habitat

This past summer, NASA announced that it was seeking applications from professionals who had certain qualifications and who were interested in spending more than a month in a simulated Mars habitat. Fast-forward to today, October 1, and the space agency is back with the names of the four people who will spend 45 days living and working in HERA, the Human Exploration Research Analog developed for the project.

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LIGO will get new mirror coatings to expand its reach

LIGO will get new mirror coatings to expand its reach

The National Science Foundation funds LIGO observatories, and currently, they are working on applying updates to allow the observatories to reach further into the cosmos. Currently, there are LIGO observatories in Hanford, Washington, and Livingston, Louisiana. In 2015, the observatories detected gravitational waves produced as a pair of black holes collided.

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A gigantic comet was originally mistaken for a dwarf planet

A gigantic comet was originally mistaken for a dwarf planet

Astronomers believe they may have discovered the largest comet in history. The massive comet is called Bernardinelli-Bernstein after its discoverers. It's so massive that when initially discovered, astronomers mistook it for a dwarf planet.

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Experiment predicts syllables birds will sing based on brain signals

Experiment predicts syllables birds will sing based on brain signals

Researchers from the University of California San Diego have been conducting experiments involving birds and their brains. The team conducted experiments that predicted syllables a bird would sing and when they would sing them solely by reading electrical signals from its brain. The team believes gaining the ability to predict a bird's behavior based solely on brain activity is the next step towards creating a vocal prosthetic for humans.

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