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Space

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

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Crew of last year’s failed Soyuz rocket will try again tomorrow

March 13th, 2019

It seems like only yesterday the world watched as a Russian Soyuz rocket experienced a last-second launch abort that sent NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin careening back down to Earth. Both men survived the ordeal with little more than rattled nerves and now, five months later, they’re ready to try again. The …

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Japan might get an awesome new Moon rover built by Toyota

March 12th, 2019

Sending humans back to the Moon is something that NASA and a number of other space agencies around the world are currently working towards. Getting back there won’t be easy, but that’s not stopping anyone from trying. It’s been several decades since man has walked on the lunar surface, and the last time we were …

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NASA boss says first Martian ‘likely to be a woman’

March 12th, 2019

An upcoming spacewalk at the International Space Station will feature two female astronauts for the very first time. NASA didn’t specifically plan it as an “all-woman spacewalk,” but things just kind of shook out that way, and as NASA’s ranks are inching closer to an even split between male and female astronauts, some are wondering …

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Scientists found moving water on the Moon

March 11th, 2019

The Moon apparently isn’t nearly as dry as scientists once thought. That’s the message from researchers using data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to detect water molecules and the behavior of the moisture over the course of a lunar day. Earth’s Moon was once assumed to be a dry and dusty place, but over time …

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NASA’s deep space launch system is ‘coming together’

March 11th, 2019

Anyone who dreams of seeing humans travel to Mars will be happy to hear that NASA just offered a detailed update on the progress of the vehicle that could get us there. The Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew capsule are both “coming together,” according to NASA. NASA offered a rough timeline of when …

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Just guess how much the Milky Way weighs

March 11th, 2019

Judging the size of something is often best done when comparing it to other things, but that line of thinking tends to break down when you start talking about objects in space. Earth is huge, but not when you compare it to something like Jupiter, and Jupiter is tiny compare to our Sun, and our …