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NASA is building a balloon as big as a football stadium

July 27th, 2020

NASA is sending a new space observatory skyward, but it’s going to use a balloon instead of a rocket. The observatory ASTHROS will be carried skyward by a balloon stretching 400 feet wide. The mission will last up to a month and will be conducted around the South Pole. Sending an observatory into space is …

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NASA just flipped the switch on its new atomic clock

August 27th, 2019

When you imagine all the incredible hurdles mankind will have to eventually overcome if we plan on sending humans to other planets or, even better, other star systems, knowing what time it is probably doesn’t rank high on the list. For NASA, however, ensuring that missions deep into space have accurate readings of time is …

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Watch NASA scientists pretend the Australian Outback is Mars

August 24th, 2019

Next year is going to be a pretty big deal for scientists studying Mars, with both NASA’s Mars 2020 mission and the ExoMars rover mission kicking off in the summer. NASA, the European Space Agency, and Russia’s Roscosmos are all doing their best to plan for the landing of their respective rovers, and they recently …

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NASA’s Spitzer just spotted a galaxy perfectly aligned with Earth

August 7th, 2019

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is capable of capturing some truly stunning snapshots of distant features in space, and usually, when we see images of vast spiral galaxies we get to see them face-first. A new photo shot by Spitzer of a distant galaxy called NGC 5866 is much different, but no less interesting. We don’t …