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NASA’s planet-hunting probe just discovered a world hidden in a debris disk

NASA’s planet-hunting probe just discovered a world hidden in a debris...

An artist's impression of a hypothetical planet around AU Microscopii. NASA/ESA/G. Bacon (STScI) For the last 15 years, astronomers have been hoping to find a hidden planet orbiting the young star AU Microscopii, a red dwarf about 32 light-years away. The small star is only an infant (in star terms) at around 20 million years…
NASA’s planet-hunting telescope discovers super-Neptune hidden in a debris disk

NASA’s planet-hunting telescope discovers super-Neptune hidden in a debris disk

An artist's impression of a hypothetical planet around AU Microscopii. NASA/ESA/G. Bacon (STScI) For the last 15 years, astronomers have been hoping to find a hidden planet orbiting the young star AU Microscopii, a red dwarf about 32 light-years away. The small star is only an infant (in star terms) at around 20 million years…
NASA’s New Horizons probes ‘alien sky’ at the edge of the solar system

NASA’s New Horizons probes ‘alien sky’ at the edge of the...

An artist's render of the New Horizons spacecraft. NASA NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has quite the resume. It departed for Pluto in 2005 and, a decade later, imaged the dwarf planet in all its heart-shaped glory. Then it continued on its journey past a bizarre, bi-lobed world known as "Arrokoth" last year. As it blazes its…
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope delayed again, this time by COVID-19

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope delayed again, this time by COVID-19

The James Webb Space Telescope tests the unfolding of its secondary mirror system. NASA Three full decades after the Hubble Space Telescope launched, its successor remains in launch limbo as a NASA executive says its James Webb Space Telescope will be delayed once again. JWST has been under development in some form since 1989 and at…
NASA’s SpaceX astronauts to bring back a very special flag from the ISS

NASA’s SpaceX astronauts to bring back a very special flag from...

This flag will finally come home after flying on the first and last shuttle missions. NASA It's a game of capture the flag that's taken nine years and billions of dollars. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will lay claim to a unique patriotic symbol that's been waiting for them on the International Space Station.Behnken…
NASA’s new cosmic ray simulator is one small step toward the moon and Mars

NASA’s new cosmic ray simulator is one small step toward the...

In space, astronauts are constantly bombarded by cosmic rays. Now NASA has a way to study the effect on Earth.  NASA The Milky Way is a wild west of highly energetic, subatomic particles blitzing across the galaxy at speeds approaching the speed of light. As these galactic cosmic rays careen around our corner of space,…
NASA’s bold Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, could open the skies on other worlds

NASA’s bold Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, could open the skies on other...

The NASA Mars helicopter team attaches a piece to the flight model in early 2019. NASA/JPL-Caltech When NASA's Perseverance rover touches down on Mars in early 2021, it won't be arriving alone. There's a tiny helicopter named Ingenuity tucked into the rover's belly, and the innovative chopper aims to expand the possibilities for exploration on other…
How NASA’s Mars helicopter could change the future of space exploration video

How NASA’s Mars helicopter could change the future of space exploration...

When NASA launches the Perseverance rover to Mars in July 2020, it will carry a special cargo: Ingenuity, the first spacecraft designed to fly on another planet. If it can take to the skies of Mars, it will herald a shift in the way we explore distant worlds.
NASA’s daring Mars helicopter gets fitting name, Ingenuity, thanks to teen

NASA’s daring Mars helicopter gets fitting name, Ingenuity, thanks to teen

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The NASA Mars helicopter team attaches a piece to the flight model in early 2019. NASA/JPL-Caltech The NASA Perseverance rover won't be the only machine going boldly to Mars when it launches mid-year. It will carry the newly named Ingenuity Mars helicopter along with it.The space agency announced the name choice on Wednesday. "Our Mars…
NASA’s incredible new moon map will serve as blueprint for human missions

NASA’s incredible new moon map will serve as blueprint for human...

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The most comprehensive geologic map of the moon ever.  NASA/GSFC/USGS NASA is preparing for new missions to the moon, setting an ambitious goal for putting walkin', talkin' humans (including the first woman) back on the lunar surface by 2024. There's plenty of gigantic hurdles to overcome before that future is realized, but this stunning, detailed…

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