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Covert NRO Satellite Fades into Capes Cloudy Night Skies Shrouded in Liftoff Secrecy: Gallery – As ULA Atlas Wins Landsat Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL — As one Atlas rocket carrying a covert spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) to monitor Earth for national security purposes faded into cloudy nighttime skies over the Cape in the dead of night shrouded in liftoff secrecy, rocket builder United Launch Alliance (ULA) won another significant Atlas launch contract for NASA's Landsat 9 satellite to monitor the health of Earth's environment.

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Good News Everyone! There are Fewer Deadly Undiscovered Asteroids than we Thought

According to a new analysis, the number of undiscovered and potentially-hazardous asteroids could be lower than previously thought.

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Looking for Signs of Life on Distant Planets Just Got Easier

A recent study from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) has produced a new 3-D model for determining exoplanet habitability.

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Sky Pointing Curiosity Captures Breathtaking Vista of Mount Sharp and Crater Rim, Climbs Vera Rubin Seeking Hydrated Martian Minerals

5 years after a heart throbbing Martian touchdown, Curiosity is climbing Vera Rubin Ridge in search of aqueous minerals and clays for clues to possible past life while capturing truly breathtaking vistas of humongous Mount Sharp - her primary destination – and the stark eroded rim of the Gale Crater landing zone from ever higher elevations, NASA scientists tell Universe Today in a new mission update.

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Nope, our Temporary Moon Isn’t Space Junk, it’s an Asteroid

A team of astronomers from the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory has confirmed that Earth's "temporary Moon" is an asteroid, and not space junk.

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Bigelow and ULA are Sending a Habitat to Lunar Orbit by 2022

Bigelow Aerospace and United Launch Alliance announced on Tuesday that they’ll be sending their own inflatable habitat to lunar orbit by 2022. They’re calling it the Lunar Depot. Part laboratory, part hotel, the habitat will serve as a destination for anyone planning to visit the Moon. Suddenly the Moon has become all the rage for […]

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Where Do Comets Come From? Exploring the Oort Cloud

Some comets orbit the Sun on a regular basis, but others come in from deep space, a region known as the Oort Cloud. What causes them to make this journey, and will we ever be able to explore the Oort Cloud?

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Forecast for Titan: Cold, with a Chance of Noxious Ice Clouds

One of the many interesting finds made by the Cassini orbiter before it crashed into Saturn was evidence of a hybrid, toxic ice cloud above Titan's southern pole.

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