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You can now visit a black hole in virtual reality

November 19th, 2018

Black holes are scary. They’re like bottomless pits that nothing can escape from, even light, and you probably wouldn’t want to get too close to one. Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, is thought to feature a supermassive black hole at its center. at a point known as Sagittarius A*, and thanks to the wonders …

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Here’s how NASA said goodbye to the Kepler space telescope

November 18th, 2018

NASA was forced to plan for the inevitable death of the exoplanet-hunting Kepler space telescope a few weeks ago. The spacecraft, which had already discovered literally thousands of new planets, ran out of fuel and couldn’t continue its science observations. Now, NASA has finally said goodnight to its trusty telescope. In a new post NASA’s …

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NASA says the Hubble is back up and running after bizarre gyroscope issues

October 29th, 2018

The Hubble Space Telescope — one of NASA’s most reliable and important pieces of space hardware — has had a rough couple of weeks. Earlier this month NASA revealed that the Hubble was experiencing some unexpected downtime after one of its gyroscopes failed and the backup gyro returned bizarre readings. NASA’s engineers remained at a …

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Jupiter’s Europa might be a spiky, dangerous place to land a ship

October 8th, 2018

As telescope technology and other observational tools has improved over the decades we’ve learned more and more about the planets and moons in our Solar System. We’ve begun to check off the places that could have possibly harbored life, but a handful of promising destinations still remain. Jupiter’s moon Europa is one of the most …

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There’s something wrong with the Hubble Space Telescope

October 8th, 2018

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is one of the most reliable pieces of hardware ever launched into Earth orbit. It’s been peering into the depths of space for nearly three decades now, and while it’s had a few hiccups in the past, it’s always managed to push through them and continue providing humanity with amazing observations. …