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NASA and SpaceX Make History with Successful Crew Dragon Launch!

NASA and SpaceX made history today with the launch of second demonstration flight of the Crew Dragon (Demo-2), which signalled the restoration of the US' domestic launch capability!

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Maybe the Elusive Planet 9 Doesn’t Exist After All

Oh Planet Nine, when will you stop toying with us? Whether you call it Planet Nine, Planet X, the Perturber, Jehoshaphat, “Phattie,” or any of the other proposed names—either serious or flippant—this scientific back and forth over its existence is getting exhausting. Is this what it was like when they were arguing whether Earth is …

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SN4, We Hardly Knew You. Another Starship Prototype Lost!

SpaceX suffered yet another setback when their SN4 prototype exploded into a fireball during a static fire test of its single Raptor engine.

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Due to Weather Delay, NASA & SpaceX Push Historic Launch to Saturday

This Saturday, NASA and SpaceX will make their second attempt to send astronauts to the ISS from US soil for the first time since 2011!

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Mars Doesn’t Have Much of a Magnetosphere, But Here’s a Map

Even though Earthling scientists are studying Mars intently, it’s still a mysterious place. One of the striking things about Mars is all of the evidence, clearly visible on its surface, that it harbored liquid water. Now, all that water is gone, and in fact, liquid water couldn’t survive on the surface of the Red Planet. …

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A New Kind of Supernova Explosion has been Discovered: Fast Blue Optical Transients

For the child inside all of us space-enthusiasts, there might be nothing better than discovering a new type of explosion. (Except maybe bigger rockets.) And it looks like that’s what’s happened. Three objects discovered separately—one in 2016 and two in 2018—add up to a new type of supernova that astronomers are calling Fast Blue Optical …

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How to Make the Food and Water Mars-Bound Astronauts Will Need for Their Mission

New technologies are being developed that will ensure astronauts have plenty of drinking water and food wherever resupply missions are not readily available

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Powerful Telescope Confirms There’s an Earth-Sized World Orbiting Proxima Centauri

There is an Earth-sized planet only four light years from Earth. Whether it has life is yet to be known.

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