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Space

Space and science coverage including asteroids, galaxies, planets, NASA and SpaceX launches.

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NASA discovers Saturn’s moons are caked in ring dust

April 2nd, 2019

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has long since bitten the proverbial dust, but data it sent back years ago is now revealing how actual dust affects some of the planet’s many moons. As NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory explains in a new blog post, Saturn’s iconic rings tend to litter some of its moons with a variety of …

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Student astronomer spots two new planets with the help of AI

April 2nd, 2019

Discovering planets that nobody has ever seen before is even harder than it sounds. Space telescopes from NASA and other scientific bodies have gathered an incredible amount of data that will take astronomers years and years to sift through, and many times there’s just nothing there to be found. But humans don’t have to do …

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Watch NASA astronauts live on a spacewalk outside the ISS

March 29th, 2019

NASA was forced to cancel a planned all-female spacewalk this week, replacing astronaut Anne McClain with fellow ISS resident Nick Hague due to a lack of available space suits in the correct sizes. The space program has gotten a lot of (largely undeserved) criticism for the situation, but the show must go on, and the …

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NASA spots ‘Space Butterfly’ giving birth to new stars

March 27th, 2019

Our Sun is one of the big reasons we’re all here today. It provides much of the energy needed for life to exist, and without it I wouldn’t be writing this and you wouldn’t be here to read it. We think of stars as ancient things that have been there forever but new ones are …