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

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 …

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NASA’s confidence in SpaceX and Boeing may be wavering

February 21st, 2019

To say that NASA bet big on U.S. companies Boeing and SpaceX to provide solutions for manned spaceflight would be a colossal understatement. The space agency basically put all its eggs in two baskets, and neither of them seem to be capable of staying on track, with countless delays, setbacks, and the cost overruns that …

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Japan’s asteroid probe is about to shoot a bullet at an asteroid

February 21st, 2019

Last year, the Japanese space program (JAXA) successfully arrived at the diamond-shaped space rock known as Ryugu. The spacecraft, known as Hayabusa2, spent the latter half of 2018 deploying tiny rovers to the asteroid’s surface and relaying lots of awesome images. Now, the probe is set to attempt its most challenging maneuver to date. JAXA …