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New NASA Space Telescope Photo Reveals Thousands of Stars, and Maybe Planets Too


There are more than 200,000 pinpricks of light in this image, each a massive knot of burning hot matter an inconceivable distance away from where you sit on Earth today. As scientists have only begun to confirm this millennium, the odds are good that every one of those stars has at least one planet in its orbit. By that math,…

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Astronomers found new evidence that a giant ghost planet may lurk in our solar system


caption There could be a massive hidden planet lurking somewhere past Neptune. source NASA/ JPL Scientists found surprising evidence that there may be a ninth planet in our solar system. In a new paper, scientists announced the discovery of an object, called 2015 BP519, that may orbit a hidden planet. That planet may have a mass that’s 10 times Earth’s.…

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That NASA climate science program Trump axed? House lawmakers just moved to restore it


Representative John Culberson (R–TX), center, with NASA officials in 2015. NASA SMAP/T. Wynne By Jeffrey Mervis, Science News StaffMay. 17, 2018 , 4:32 PM A U.S. House of Representatives spending panel voted today to restore a small NASA climate research program that President Donald Trump’s administration had quietly axed. (Click here to read our earlier coverage.) The House appropriations panel that…

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Someone, somewhere, is making a banned chemical that destroys the ozone layer, scientists suspect


Emissions of a banned, ozone-depleting chemical are on the rise, a group of scientists reported Wednesday, suggesting someone may be secretly manufacturing the pollutant in violation of an international accord. Emissions of CFC-11 have climbed 25 percent since 2012, despite the chemical being part of a group of ozone pollutants that were phased out under the 1987 Montreal Protocol. “I’ve been making these measurements for…

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‘Lost’ Asteroid 2010 WC9 Makes an Unusually Close Flyby of Earth


A jumbo-jet-size asteroid gave Earth a close shave today (May 15), whizzing past our planet at a safe distance of 126,000 miles (203,000 kilometers) — or about half the distance between Earth and the moon. The asteroid, which is officially designated 2010 WC9, made its closest approach at 6:05 p.m. EDT (2205 GMT) while traveling at a speed of…

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This May Be the Best Evidence Yet of a Water Plume on Jupiter’s Moon Europa


The case for a giant plume of water vapor wafting from Jupiter’s potentially life-supporting moon Europa just got a lot stronger. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted tantalizing signs of such a plume multiple times over the past half decade, but those measurements were near the limits of the powerful instrument’s sensitivity. Now, researchers report in a new study that NASA’s…

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Asteroid Possibly Longer Than Football Field Will Soon Have Near-Earth Encounter


An asteroid that may be longer than a football field will zoom past Earth on May 15. According to NASA, it will be the closest flyby for an asteroid of its size in almost 300 years.  ( Ethan Miller | Getty Images ) An asteroid that may be longer than a football field will soon have a near-Earth encounter as…

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Yes, NASA Is Actually Sending a Helicopter to Mars: Here’s What It Will Do


NASA will include a small, autonomous helicopter in the agency’s upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission, officials announced today (May 11). The craft will undergo a 30-day test campaign once it reaches the Red Planet to demonstrate the viability of travel above the Martian surface with a heavier-than-air craft. “NASA has a proud history of firsts,” NASA’s administrator, Jim Bridenstine,…

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SpaceX’s Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket Aces Maiden Flight, Sticks Landing


The newest, and final, version of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket debuted today (May 11) with a picture-perfect satellite launch — and the booster’s first stage aced its landing as well. The first-ever “Block 5” Falcon 9 vehicle launched the Bangabandhu Satellite-1, the first communications satellite for the government of Bangladesh, today at 4:14 p.m. EDT (2014 GMT), lifting off from…

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Elon Musk’s latest innovation attempt: A SpaceX rocket that can fly twice in one day


SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk speaking in 2015 in Hawthorne, Calif.  (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP) The latest version of the Falcon 9 rocket that SpaceX was to launch from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center Thursday afternoon is designed to be reused so quickly that it would eventually mimic a commercial airliner, according to SpaceX’s founder Elon Musk. In a call with reporters before…

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