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Phobos' Shadow: Experience an Eclipse on Mars with NASA's InSight Lander

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The InSight Mars lander focuses its sensitive instruments on the Martian surface and below, but it took a moment to appreciate celestial events last week: two eclipses of the sun...

Halo Drive: Lasers and Black Holes Could Launch Spaceships to Near Light Speed

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Future spaceships could use black holes as powerful launch pads to explore the stars.

Moon Mining Could Actually Work, with the Right Approach

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Space mining could help open up the inner solar system to exploration.

A Strange, Sleeping Magnetar Just Woke Up After a Decade of Silence

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A particularly odd, spinning star has woken up, and it's spitting bright flashes of radio waves at us again.

See NASA's InSight Lander On Mars from Space in This Satellite View!

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To mark the three-year anniversary of the Trace Gas Orbiter's arrival at Mars, the European Space Agency has released a stunning image the craft captured of NASA's InSight lander earlier...

Ice Samples Reveal a Massive Sun Storm Hit Earth in Ancient Times...And It Could Happen Again

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A gigantic solar storm hit Earth about 2,600 years ago, one about 10 times stronger than any solar storm recorded in the modern day, a new study finds.

Why Are These Massive, Baby Stars Orbiting So Close Together?

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This massively bright "star" is actually two stars.

CHIME: Mapping the Early Universe

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The CHIME radio telescope aims to explain two poorly understood cosmic phenomena, one dating back to the early universe and one taking place today.

US Air Force Launches Advanced Military Communication Satellite

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A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket took to the skies during an early evening launch today (March 15), lofting a military satellite to become the 10th piece of a...

Rovers Learn New Gait to Avoid Getting Stuck in the Sand on Other Worlds

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Rovers, whatever world they're designed to explore, tend to work like little cars, but that can leave them vulnerable to getting stuck, as Spirit infamously did on Mars.

Cosmic Bat Nebula Photographed by ESO's Very Large Telescope

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A new image from the European Southern Observatory captures a cosmic bat tucked away in one of the darkest corners of the Orion constellation.

Era of Big NASA Space Telescopes May Be Ending

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If the White House's proposed 2020 budget is enacted, NASA won't have the money to develop an ambitious, big-budget space telescope for the foreseeable future.

Comet 21P Crosses Paths with a Star Cluster in Sparkling Deep-Space Image

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In this deep-space photo, the bright-green Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner blazes across a sparkling star field, passing by the open star cluster M37 as it makes its way through the Auriga constellation.

What’s the Closest Planet to Earth? Not Venus, Scientists Say

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That acronym you learned to memorize the order of the planets has led you astray.

Little Short for a Stormtrooper? Newfound Spiders Named for 'Star Wars' Villains

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Like the white-armored and -helmeted Stormtroopers from "Star Wars," these spiders are tough to tell apart.

China Launched Its 300th Long March Rocket This Month

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China launched its 300th Long March rocket mission March 10 with the communications satellite ChinaSat 6C.

Japan Taps Toyota to Build Futuristic Moon Rover

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Japan wants to build the ultimate moon rover for astronauts and has tapped Toyota to help develop a futuristic, off-road, lunar vehicle that could potentially launch in 2029.

83 Gargantuan Black Holes Spotted Guzzling Down Dinner at the Edge of the Universe

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The supermassive black holes were birthed during the universe's infancy.

Seoul official: North Korea could be dismantling rocket launch pad

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South Korea's unification minister said Monday North Korea activity at a missile launch site could be preparations for a "demolition."

Fermilab, partners break ground on particle accelerator to study ghostly particles, new forces

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Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory officially broke ground March 15 on a major new particle accelerator project that will power cutting-edge physics experiments for many decades to come.

ESA’s Hera asteroid mission borrows eyes of NASA’s Dawn

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The mission to the smallest asteroid ever explored will employ the same main camera as the mission to the largest asteroids of all. ESA’s proposed Hera spacecraft to the Didymos...

Space Is Very Big. Some of Its New Explorers Will Be Tiny.

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The success of NASA’s MarCO mission means that so-called cubesats likely will travel to distant reaches of our solar system.

Belgian pigeon flies high in record 1.25 million euros auction

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A star racing pigeon named Armando has fetched a record 1.25 million euros in an online auction, Belgian media reported Sunday.

Be Kind, Please Rewind: Oregon Blockbuster is last on Earth

6 days ago from Physorg

There are challenges that come with running the last Blockbuster Video on the planet.

South Korea police identify investors linked to nightclub Burning Sun

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South Korean police are investigating the relationship between shuttered nightclub Burning Sun and the upscale hotel in which the club was located.

Ethiopian Airlines black box data shows 'clear similarities' to Lion Air crash

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The Ethiopian Airlines crash showed "clear similarities" to a Lion Air crash involving the same model of plane in October, Ethiopia's transport minister said.

Dormant viruses activate during spaceflight

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Herpes viruses reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions. While only a small proportion develop symptoms, virus reactivation rates increase with spaceflight...

Filming on Peter Sarsgaard's 'Interrogation' begins in New Mexico

1 week ago from UPI

Production is underway in New Mexico on "Interrogation," a true-crime drama starring Peter Sarsgaard, CBS All Access announced this week.