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Another U.S. Air Force Weather Satellite Just Broke Up in Orbit

By Space By Brian Berger A third U.S. Air Force weather satellite that launched more than 20 years ago has broken up in orbit, Air Force Space Command disclosed Monday evening. Air Force officials confirmed the breakup of the long-retired Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 12 satellite (DMSP F-12) after the Joint Space Operations Center at […]

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DoD will spend $2 billion on space control this year

By The Pentagon will spend $2 billion on space control measures this year to counter emerging threats to its national security satellites, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said March 22. The Defense Department had not previously disclosed a figure related to spending on space control, which often implies offensive space capabilities, for the current year’s budget. In […]

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ISS crew returns to Earth after nearly year in space

By After spending almost a year aboard the International Space Station, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko and US astronaut Scott Kelly finally stepped back onto terra firma when the Russian Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft successfully touched down in Kazakhstan. Besides Kelly and Kornienko a third crew member of Expedition 46 – Russian cosmonaut Sergey Volkov, was […]

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Watch this spacetime: gravitational wave discovery expected

By A decades-long search for gravitational waves is expected to end in triumph this week when scientists declare they have discovered ripples in the fabric of spacetime, possibly created by the collision of two massive black holes traveling at close to the speed of light. First predicted by Einstein, and generated by the most […]

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Computer simulations heat up hunt for Planet Nine

By For a planet that hasn’t technically been discovered yet, Planet Nine is generating a lot of buzz. Astronomers have not actually found a new planet orbiting the sun, but some remote icy bodies are dropping tantalizing clues about a giant orb lurking in the fringes of the solar system. Six hunks of ice in […]

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Newfound gas cloud may be graveyard of first stars

By A newly discovered gas cloud contains hydrogen and helium but virtually nothing else. The scarcity of heavier elements suggests that the cloud houses the remains of the universe’s first stars, John O’Meara reported January 8 at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Scientists want to learn more about these ancient stars, which […]

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NASA finds supermassive black hole that ‘burps’ gas

By A supermassive black hole in a nearby galaxy has been spotted “burping” gas and star-forming dust, NASA says. Scientists now think black holes could be “star factories” – not just star-eaters. In making this new discovery, NASA looked into the Chandra X-ray Observatory’s new data from a nearby galaxy NGC 5195, which is […]

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Top 5 Space Questions of 2015…with Answers!

By Paul Sutter is a visiting scholar at The Ohio State University’s Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics (CCAPP). Sutter is also host of the podcasts Ask a Spaceman and RealSpace, and the YouTube series Space In Your Face. Because of my Ask a Spaceman podcast, speaking events and people sitting next to me […]

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Equipment failure pushes back Mars lander mission

By A leaky instrument will delay launch of the Mars InSight lander by at least two years, NASA announced at a December 22 press conference. The probe was slated to head to Mars in March 2016 to study the planet’s interior and reveal how terrestrial worlds (including Earth) form. Hopes of an on-time launch […]

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SpaceX rocket blasts into orbit, launches 11 satellites then makes an amazing landing back on Earth

By SpaceX has made history after successfully launching its Falcon 9 rocket into space and returning it to Earth in one piece. The upgraded 23-story-tall rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:29pm EST, and touched down nearby a few minutes later. It was the first time an unmanned rocket returned […]

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Pulsar pair ripples spacetime

By A dancing duo of cosmic beacons has provided scientists with the most precise measurement, albeit an indirect one, of ripples in spacetime called gravitational waves. The measurement comes from analyzing the only known pair of gravitationally bound pulsars, dense cores of dead stars that emit intense beams of radio waves with the regularity […]

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Salty source of Ceres’ mysterious bright spots found

By Bright patches of salt on the dwarf planet Ceres hint at a subsurface layer of briny water ice. Ammonia-laden minerals also suggest that Ceres was at least partially assembled from material hauled in from the outskirts of the solar system, researchers report online December 9 in two papers in Nature. Reflective spots on Ceres […]

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Japanese spacecraft reaches Venus — five years late

By After missing a turn off the interplanetary expressway, a spacecraft has now finished taking the scenic route to Venus. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency Akatsuki probe successfully went into orbit around Earth’s sister planet at 8:51 a.m. December 7 Japan Standard Time — only five years after its first attempt. Akatsuki has been […]

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Massive black hole is caught devouring a star WHOLE

By Black holes are hungry, and apparently don’t care for good manners. An international team of astronomers has witnessed a massive black hole swallowing a whole star, and then ‘burping’ a jet of matter into space. The thermal energy of these speedy billows is thought to be equal to the energy our sun would […]

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China begins testing world’s largest radio telescope as construction of the £124 MILLION project enters final stage

By Measuring 500 metres in diameter, the world’s largest radio telescope is in the final stages of completion, and is being put through its paces with a dry run. Going by the name of ‘FAST’ which stands for ‘Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope,’ the device is being constructed in Guizhou Province, south-west China, reports The […]

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