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Sep 28, 2020

New Venus Balloon Mission Study Aims To Find Life By 2022

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Finding Venus life on the cheap. A $20 million balloon flotilla could probe Venus’ mid-level atmosphere now with off-the-shelf technology, say researchers.

Sep 28, 2020

Water on Mars: discovery of three buried lakes intrigues scientists

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Researchers say they have detected a group of lakes hidden under the red planet’s icy surface.

Sep 28, 2020

Venus: A Brief history of exploration

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Our twin planet hasn’t been in limelight until recently. What does that mean for our exploration plans?

Sep 28, 2020

More Lakes Found Under the Martian Ice

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More lakes discovered under Martian ice. Could these liquid water pools be inhabited by life?


But would such cold places be habitable?

Sep 28, 2020

NASA wants ideas for keeping Moon missions powered in the dark

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NASA is crowdsourcing ideas for energy systems that would keep Moon missions powered, even in the dark.

Sep 27, 2020

The far side of the Moon

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The far side of the Moon is the hemisphere of the Moon that always faces away from Earth. The far side’s terrain is rugged with a multitude of impact craters and relatively few flat lunar maria compared to the near side. It has one of the largest craters in the Solar System, the South Pole–Aitken basin.

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Sep 27, 2020

A Physicist Has Come Up With Math That Makes ‘Paradox-Free’ Time Travel Plausible

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No one has yet managed to travel through time – at least to our knowledge – but the question of whether or not such a feat would be theoretically possible continues to fascinate scientists.

As movies such as The Terminator, Donnie Darko, Back to the Future and many others show, moving around in time creates a lot of problems for the fundamental rules of the Universe: if you go back in time and stop your parents from meeting, for instance, how can you possibly exist in order to go back in time in the first place?

It’s a monumental head-scratcher known as the ‘grandfather paradox’, but now a physics student Germain Tobar, from the University of Queensland in Australia, says he has worked out how to “square the numbers” to make time travel viable without the paradoxes.

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Sep 26, 2020

NASA gearing up for epic asteroid-sampling maneuver next month

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Circle Oct. 20 on your calendars.


The OSIRIS-REx probe is scheduled to pull off NASA’s first-ever asteroid-sampling operation on Oct. 20, snagging precious dirt and gravel from a carbon-rich space rock called Bennu.

Sep 26, 2020

HyImpulse hybrid rocket motor roars to life for the first time

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HyImpulse completed the first hot-fire test of the company’s 16,800-pounds-force hybrid rocket motor on Sept. 15. Credit: HyImpulse.


VALLETTA, Malta — Launch startup HyImpulse successfully tested its 16,800-pounds-force hybrid rocket motor this month at German space agency DLR’s Lampoldshausen facility.

Headquartered in Neuenstadt am Kocher, Germany, HyImpulse is developing its three-stage SL1 launch vehicle designed to carry payloads of up to 500 kilogram to Sun-synchronous orbit. The light-lift launch vehicle will be powered by twelve 16,800-pounds-force hybrid rocket motors — eight on its first stage, and four on its second stage — plus four smaller but otherwise identical engines powering its third stage.

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Sep 25, 2020

NASA’s new $23 million space toilet is ready for launch

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The upgraded toilet could be used on moon flights one day.


The bathroom on the International Space System is getting a major upgrade with a new, high-tech, compact space toilet to be delivered next week.

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