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Martian ovens

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Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Cooking martian soil in the search for life.

Science lab onboard

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The miniature science laboratory that will analyse Mars soil for signs of life is packed onboard the ExoMars rover

Reprogrammable satellite takes shape

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The payload and platform of the first European satellite that can be completely reprogrammed after launch have been successfully joined together. The assembly of Eutelsat Quantum took place in the Airbus...

Mission control 'saves science'

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Every minute, ESA’s Earth observation satellites gather dozens of gigabytes of data about our planet – enough information to fill the pages on a 100-metre long bookshelf. Flying in low-Earth...

A unique experiment to explore black holes

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What happens when two supermassive black holes collide? Combining the observing power of two future ESA missions, Athena and LISA, would allow us to study these cosmic clashes and their...

Clocks, gravity, and the limits of relativity

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The International Space Station will host the most precise clocks ever to leave Earth. Accurate to a second in 300 million years the clocks will push the measurement of time...

Micro-Cameras and Space Exploration to join Pioneer-IODA project

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Space cameras to monitor the deployment of satellites and check the health of spacecraft will be developed under the Pioneer-IODA project by Micro-Cameras and Space Exploration based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Europe to Mars – and back!

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Europe has been in orbit around Mars for more than 15 years and is almost a year away from launching its first rover mission, but ambitions are already running high...

Getting ready for Mars – on the Space Station

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From disrupted biological clocks to radiation and contamination hazards, Europe is running experiments on the International Space Station to take human exploration one step closer to Mars.

Did ancient supernovae prompt human ancestors to walk upright?

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Supernovae bombarded Earth with cosmic energy starting as many as 8 million years ago, with a peak some 2.6 million years ago, initiating an avalanche of electrons in the lower...

Hyperactive Comets Hint at Origins of Earth's Oceans

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A new study suggests primordial seawater may lurk hidden at the hearts of many comets -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

SpaceX’s Starlink Could Cause Cascades of Space Junk

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Plans for thousands of new communications satellites would revolutionize global telecommunications but also raise risks of disaster in Earth orbit -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Apollo-Era Tremors Reveal a Dynamic, Active Moon

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Moonquakes still shake and reshape the lunar surface in ways that could threaten future astronauts and habitats -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

From the Lunar Far Side, China's Rover Reveals the Moon's Hidden Depths

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The Chang’e-4 mission appears to have found material excavated from a frozen magma ocean far below the lunar surface -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

How Wild Should We Let the Solar System Be?

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Experts argue that more than 85 percent of the solar system should be left untouched so that we can sustainably move off-world -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

NASA photo showcases landing site for Mars 2020

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A new photo captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and shared online this week features the landing site for the space agency's Mars 2020 mission.

Raiders WR Antonio Brown forming bonds with Derek Carr, Vontaze Burfict

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Oakland star receiver Antonio Brown heaped praise on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and revealed how he's getting along with former rival and linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

Director F. Gary Gray gets star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Director F. Gary Gray received the 2,665th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday.

Elon Musk Says It's 'So Far, So Good' for SpaceX's 1st 60 Starlink Satellites

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The first 60 satellites in SpaceX's huge Starlink constellation haven't experienced any hiccups in orbit thus far.

Wow! This Is What SpaceX's Starlink Satellites Look Like in the Night Sky

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A satellite tracker has spotted SpaceX's Starlink fleet in the sky a day after the 60-satellite launch. The view is amazing!

An Asteroid with Its Own Moon Will Zip Past Earth Tonight

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A very big asteroid with its own little moon is going to zip past Earth tonight (May 25) — close enough that, with some preparation and a decent telescope, amateur...

Could We Move the Entire Planet Earth to a New Orbit?

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The big move could help our rocky planet escape the expanding sun and prevent a collision with Jupiter.

Hidden Winds on Jupiter May Be Messing with Its Enormous Magnetic Field

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Jupiter's magnetic field has changed since the 1970s, and now physicists think they know why it's happening.

Day Meets Night in This Amazing Astronaut Photo of Earth from Space

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An evocative new photo from the International Space Station shows what it's like to fly along the line between darkness and daylight on planet Earth.

How to See SpaceX's Starlink Satellite 'Train' in the Night Sky

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SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites in a train Thursday (May 24) and you can see them in the night sky now! Here's how to find out where and when to...

Elon Musk: SpaceX's Bright Starlink Satellites Won't Ruin the Night Sky

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SpaceX's brilliant train of Starlink satellites wowed skywatchers after launch. Elon Musk says astronomers shouldn't be worried.

Lightning Strikes Russian Rocket During Satellite Launch (But Everything's Fine)

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A bolt of lightning struck a Russian Soyuz rocket during a satellite launch Monday (May 27), but did not hinder the mission.

Why Are Two Stars in Our Galaxy Suddenly Acting Very Strange?

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There's a binary star system out there in the Milky Way, and it's followed a very simple pattern since the 1890s. Now, it's breaking its old habits.