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

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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 …

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Russia doesn’t appear thrilled with SpaceX Crew Dragon’s success

March 7th, 2019

SpaceX made history earlier this week with a successful launch of its Crew Dragon capsule, sending it to the International Space Station where it successfully docked and allowed ISS crew members to explore its interior. It’s a major step for both NASA and SpaceX, but Russia’s space agency might not feel the same way. Roscosmos, …

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Killing an asteroid might be a lot harder than anyone thought

March 7th, 2019

We’ve all seen Armageddon, so it’s easy to imagine that Earth could potentially be saved from a killer asteroid by a ragtag group of scientists and engineers led by Bruce Willis, but the reality is of course much different. Now, a new study suggests that not only would destroying an incoming asteroid be difficult, but …

China is going to Mars with a new rover next year

March 4th, 2019

China got a very, very late start in its efforts to explore space. The U.S., Russia, and other countries forged new paths to the Moon and beyond before China even got started, but it’s making up for lost time in a big way. Following successful Moon missions, including landing on the far side of the …

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A new farthest-ever object has been found in our solar system

February 28th, 2019

It wasn’t long ago that astronomers detected the presence of what was then considered the most distant object in our solar system. The object, called 2018 VG18, was given the fitting nickname of “FarOut” by the researchers that discovered it. Unfortunately, the thing about naming space objects is that eventually someone will find one that …

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NASA will spend $42 million to better understand space weather

February 27th, 2019

Getting the daily weather forecast for your area is something that countless people do every single morning, but Earth’s weather systems aren’t the only kind of weather that could have a dramatic impact on your life. Space weather — that is, the ebbs and flows of particles around Earth, much of which comes from our …