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NASA's New Horizons is showering loads of attention on Pluto and its largest moon Charon, but what about the dwarf planet's tinier moons? Don't worry, the probe is giving these smaller celestial bodies their time in the spotlight. The spacecraft has delivered images of two moons, Nix and Hydra,...

July 21st 2015 at 3:50pm 0 Comments
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It's been two years since the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) was last active aboard the ISS, but now it's back with new functions to offer. The RRM (seen above) was originally an experimental set of tools that can refuel the propellant tanks of satellites while in orbit. With the help of Dextre,...

July 21st 2015 at 7:02am 0 Comments
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A team of German scientists are employing advanced imaging technology to help understand one of the unusual effects of long-term space habitation — thinning skin. Led by Professor Karsten Koenig of Saarland University, the study is an offshoot of the European Space Agency's Skin B project de...

July 21st 2015 at 2:01am 0 Comments
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The hunt for extraterrestrial life just got a big leg up. Internet investor Yuri Milner and his Breakthrough Prize Foundation will spend $100 million supporting Breakthrough Listen, a project that will use radio telescopes, lasers and other equipment to search for alien signals. The cash will no...

July 20th 2015 at 8:58pm 0 Comments
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It looks like the Philae comet lander's moment in the sun was short-lived. Just weeks after getting back in touch, the European ground crew has once again lost contact with its celestial explorer -- the lander is sending irregular bursts of data, but that's about it. It's not clear as to what went...

July 20th 2015 at 2:13pm 0 Comments
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What's does Earth look like from a million miles away? Well, NASA provided the masses with a glimpse today, thanks to the first photo snapped from the Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite (DSCOVR) launched by SpaceX's Falcon 9 in February. More specifically, the image is constructed from three...

July 20th 2015 at 12:18pm 0 Comments
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If you've ever wanted to lend a hand preserving a piece of US history, now's your chance. The Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign to gain support for restoring Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit for display at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. While the artifact hasn't been on...

July 20th 2015 at 11:26am 0 Comments
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How much does it take to launch a satellite? According to Rocket Lab's Peter Beck "You pretty much have to write a check for a billion dollars." Beck, along with Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are part of a new wave of inventors looking to make this cheaper by developing low cost or reusable rockets for...

July 20th 2015 at 9:46am 0 Comments
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The ISS crew sure had a rough morning yesterday: a piece of an old Russian satellite came hurtling towards them, and the team didn't have enough time to move the station out of the way. Since they only had an hour and a half to spare, the crew chose to seal off modules to contain possible damage a...

July 17th 2015 at 12:30am 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: A prototype marijuana breathalyzer came out and oh lord, the glory days are over. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft got the best ever photos of Pluto and these scientists are adorably jacked up about it. And a Swiss motion capture company wants to put sensors and VR...

July 15th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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New Horizons has already sent back one of the clearest, closest photos of Pluto ever, but it has more in store for NASA and all space lovers. The agency is waiting to hear back from the probe by around 9PM today: it's slated to beam back a series of status updates that will let NASA know if it's i...

July 14th 2015 at 8:39pm 0 Comments
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Sure, Pluto may be hogging the spotlight (if deservedly so), but what about its largest moon, Charon? Don't worry, NASA hasn't forgotten about checking in on this celestial neighbor. The New Horizons probe has delivered one of the first true close-ups of Charon, and it's clear that this is much...

July 12th 2015 at 11:51pm 0 Comments