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Just Days After Hubble, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory Also Enters Safe Mode

Mere days after the Hubble Space Telescope entered safe mode following a component failure, NASA said its Chandra X-ray Observatory entered safe mode on Wednesday. The space agency revealed on Friday that an investigation into the incident is currently underway, though it added data analysis indicated the safe mode transition to be “normal behaviour.” Read More >>

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After Soyuz Failure, Space is Now Weirdly Inaccessible to Astronauts

All crewed launches have been suspended by Russia’s space agency following yesterday’s Soyuz rocket failure. That’s a problem, because much of the world relies on Russian rockets to get both cargo and people into space. Consequently, we’re now facing the very real possibility of having an uncrewed International Space Station—something that hasn’t happened in nearly two decades. Read More >>

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Soyuz Space Crew Makes Emergency Landing After Terrifying Booster Failure 

The two-person crew aboard a Russian-made Soyuz rocket made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan today shortly after launch. The crew, which was travelling to the International Space Station, is reportedly safe and in “good condition” after the scary failure was broadcast on the web. Read More >>

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First Man Gives Humankind’s Greatest Adventure a Personal Touch

For a movie about going to the moon, First Man sure is grounded. That’s a good thing though, mostly, as the film provides a layered and at times painful look at what that legendary trip cost not just America but also astronaut Neil Armstrong. However, First Man is not a hugely patriotic roller coaster like Apollo 13. Director Damien Chazelle has taken one of humankind’s greatest adventures and turned it into an intimate character portrait. It’s engaging and emotional, but just the slightest bit underwhelming. Read More >>

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Voyager 2 Detects Hints That Interstellar Space Is Nearby

Six years ago, the Voyager 1 spacecraft informed scientists that it had become the first man-made object to enter interstellar space. Now, Voyager 2 has begun to return signs that its own exit from the Solar System could be coming soon. Read More >>

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Scientists Work to Keep Hubble Telescope Functioning After Another Gyroscope Fails

The Hubble Space Telescope entered safe mode over the weekend as scientists figure out what to do after a component failed. But it’s not the end of the famous telescope’s life just yet. Read More >>

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New Hubble Observations Boost Evidence For Elusive Exomoon

Astronomers have confirmed thousands of exoplanets—worlds outside of our Solar System—but they haven’t nabbed a single exomoon. New research is bolstering the case for a suspected exomoon first detected last year, but scientists say the evidence is still not definitive. Read More >>

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As Dust Clears, NASA Spots Possibly Dead Opportunity Rover From Space

It’s been 107 agonising days since NASA last heard from Opportunity, raising fears that the 14-year-old rover has finally expired after being battered by a massive dust storm. The Martian probe may be quiet, but a new photo taken of Opportunity from space is providing some much-needed solace. Read More >>

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NASA’s TESS Space Telescope Has Spotted Its First Exoplanet

Say hello to Pi Mensae c—a small, Earth-like planet located nearly 60 light-years from our Solar System. It’s probably not able to sustain life, but it’ll go down in history as the first exoplanet detected by NASA’s new TESS satellite. Read More >>

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Astronomers Spot Unprecedented Glow Around Neutron Star, and Whatever It Is, It’s Important

Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have glimpsed a neutron star unlike any seen before. Read More >>

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A Great Brown Storm is Raging on Jupiter

During its 15th flyby of Jupiter, NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured a rare image of a Jovian “brown barge.” It’s not nearly as impressive or picturesque as the Great Red Spot, but this big brown splotch is yet another reminder of many complex atmospheric processes happening on our Solar System’s largest planet. Read More >>

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Our Solar System’s Largest Asteroid Is Covered in Ice Volcanoes

We usually associate volcanoes with extreme heat. But new results demonstrate that the Solar System’s largest asteroid, Ceres, is covered in volcanoes that have spewed ice throughout their history. Read More >>

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Watch The Last Delta II Rocket Carry ICESat-2 Into Space

NASA’s last Delta II rocket blasted into the atmosphere from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Saturday carrying the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), Space.com reported, in the rocket’s 155th and final mission. Read More >>

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NASA’s Efforts to Contact Opportunity Rover Ramp Up as Martian Dust Storm Clears

As the planet-wide Martian dust storm clears, NASA scientists have increased their efforts to contact the nearly 15-year-old Opportunity rover, which has been silent since June 10. Read More >>

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Mission to Slam Spacecraft Into Asteroid Has Begun Final Design and Construction

A mission to deflect asteroids that might threaten Earth has begun its final design and assembly phase, according to a news release. NASA is testing a technique meant to protect the planet from an impending asteroid strike, and it’s a satisfyingly simple one: They’re gonna slam the ship into the rock. Read More >>