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Dream Chaser Mini-Shuttle to Fly ISS Resupply Missions on ULA Atlas V

Dream Chaser Mini-Shuttle to Fly ISS Resupply Missions on ULA Atlas V

Artist’s concept of the Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser spacecraft launching atop the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in the 552 configuration on cargo missions to the International Space Station. Credit: ULA The first two missions of the unmanned Dream Chaser mini-shuttle carrying critical cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) will fly on the most powerful version of …

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Ancient Volcanoes on Mars Could Have Been the Place for Life

Ancient Volcanoes on Mars Could Have Been the Place for Life

For decades, Mars has been the focal point of intense research. Beginning in the 1960s, literally dozens of robotic spacecraft, orbiters and rovers have explored Mars’ atmosphere and surface, looking for clues to the planet’s past. From this, scientists now know that billions of years ago, Mars was a warmer, wetter place. Not only did liquid water exist on its …

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Gets a Better View of Saturn’s Rings

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Gets a Better View of Saturn’s Rings

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft captured this new image of Saturn’s rings on April 10th at a distance of 1.1 million kilometers. Although the rings lack the many colors of the rainbow, they arc across the sky of Saturn. From equatorial locations on the planet, they’d appear very thin since they would be seen edge-on. Closer to the poles, the rings would …

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Good News for Future Moon Bases. There’s Water Inside the Moon

Good News for Future Moon Bases. There’s Water Inside the Moon

Since the Apollo program wrapped up in the early 1970s, people all around the world have dreamed of the day when we might return to the Moon, and stay there. And in recent years, however, that actual proposals for a lunar settlement have begun to take shape. As a result, a great deal of attention and research has been focused …

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Hologram Announces the World’s Largest LTE Software-Defined Cellular Network for IoT

Hologram Announces the World’s Largest LTE Software-Defined Cellular Network for IoT

CHICAGO–( BUSINESS WIRE )–Today, technology company Hologram announces availability of the world’s largest LTE software-defined global cellular network to enable connectivity for the next generation of IoT devices and smart machines. The software-defined global network provides access to 600 cellular networks worldwide and is configurable through Hologram’s programmable network and APIs. The new network introduces micro pricing options down to …

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NEOWISE Reveals Size Distributions of Comet Populations

NEOWISE Reveals Size Distributions of Comet Populations

This illustration shows how scientists used data from NASA’s WISE spacecraft to determine the nucleus sizes of comets. They subtracted a model of how dust and gas behave in comets in order to obtain the core size. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech Using NEOWISE data from the four-band and three-band cryogenic phases of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, astronomers reveal that large, …

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Cassini Continues to Reveal Surprises During Its Grand Finale

Cassini Continues to Reveal Surprises During Its Grand Finale

This mosaic combines views captured by Cassini as it made the first dive of the mission’s Grand Finale on April 26, 2017, and shows details in bands and swirls in the atmosphere. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Hampton University The Cassini Spacecraft continues to make its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings, revealing surprising details about the planet. Scientists are …

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ESO Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 7098

ESO Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 7098

The European Southern Observatory’s image of the week gives us a closer look at spiral galaxy NGC 7098. Approximately 95 million light-years away, in the southern constellation of Octans (The Octant), lies NGC 7098 — an intriguing spiral galaxy with numerous sets of double features. The first of NGC 7098’s double features is a duo of distinct ring-like structures that …

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Messier 51 – the Whirlpool Galaxy

Messier 51 – the Whirlpool Galaxy

Welcome back to Messier Monday! In our ongoing tribute to the great Tammy Plotner, we take a look at Orion’s Nebula’s “little brother”, the De Marian’s Nebula! During the 18th century, famed French astronomer Charles Messier noted the presence of several “nebulous objects” in the night sky. Having originally mistaken them for comets, he began compiling a list of them …

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The moon may be hiding lots of water below its surface

The moon may be hiding lots of water below its surface

Since 2008, we’ve known that there is water on the moon. The lack of atmosphere and a magnetic field means that most of the water on our satellite’s surface would be immediately stripped by the sun. However, that doesn’t apply within the Moon’s interior; an analysis of Apollo 15 and Apollo 17 moon rocks almost a decade ago revealed small …

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