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How Will NASA Know if Opportunity is Okay After The Martian Dust Storm?

Nearly all of Mars has been under the assault of a planet-wide dust storm since June. The nerve-wracking question: Is the Opportunity rover okay? Read More >>

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Excavation Begins on a Truly Giant New Telescope

The bigger a telescope’s mirrors, the better resolution it has. Excavation has just begun on a new telescope that will be truly enormous, called the Giant Magellan Telescope. Read More >>

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Watch NASA Launch Its Sun-Skimming Parker Solar Probe

The Parker Solar Probe blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday, setting itself on course to become both the fastest human craft ever launched (in the neighbourhood of 430,000 miles per hour) and the first to probe the outer corona of the sun. Read More >>

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How Will NASA Get this Probe to the Sun Without It Melting?

A human-made spacecraft is finally heading to the centre of the Solar System. NASA’s first launch window for the Parker Solar Probe began today at 8:33 a.m. If all goes well, the ship will then begin its journey to the Sun. Read More >>

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Bomb Squad Called After NASA Weather Device Labeled ‘NOT A BOMB’ Drops From Sky

A summer student has been removed from an experiment after NASA decided that a completely accurate note mentioning President Donald Trump attached to an experiment that fell in a field in the US state of New Jersey was a “misguided attempt to be lighthearted,” a NASA spokesperson told WNBC-TV. Read More >>

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Will You Be Able to See the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend?

One of the year’s most active meteor showers, the Perseids, will peak overnight Saturday into Sunday and Sunday into Monday, with 60 to 70 meteors per hour. But lots of Gizmodo readers live in cities. So, inspired by a friend’s tweet, I wondered – will city dwellers see the meteor shower? Read More >>

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Comet Photobombs NASA’s New Planet-Hunting Satellite

During tests of NASA’s new Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a comet was seen streaking across the sky—a fortuitous event that showcased the power of this new planet-seeking telescope. Read More >>

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Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede Generates Incredible Magnetic Waves

NASA’s Galileo spacecraft surprised scientists when it revealed that Jupiter’s moon Ganymede generated its own magnetic field. But new research shows Ganymede also creates incredibly powerful waves that rocket particles to enormous energies. Read More >>

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Report: NASA Needs to Get Moving on Its Plan to Snatch Some Mars Dust

NASA doesn’t just randomly decide what telescopes and satellites to shoot into space and what planet to study next. Instead, a committee of outside scientists drafts a set of goals and recommendations in what’s called a decadal survey. And though it notes some financial setbacks, a midterm review of the last decadal survey report says NASA has done a pretty good job hitting the goals set by the 2013-2022 Planetary Science survey. But there’s work left to do, especially when it comes to bringing a sample of Martian dust to Earth. Read More >>

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NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope Not Dead Yet, May Even Have Another Exoplanet Survey Left in It

NASA’s $600 million (£461 million) Kepler space telescope, which is more or less running on thruster fuel fumes nearly a decade after its launch in 2009, woke up from a four-week hibernation phase on Thursday and is transmitting data back to Earth, Space.com reported on Friday. If all goes well, it may even be capable of continuing its mission to detect more exoplanets in distant star systems. Read More >>

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NASA Announces First Crew for Commercial Space Travel

NASA has announced the first astronauts who will head to the International Space Station on a commercially built spacecraft. Read More >>

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NASA’s Sun Probe Set to Launch Next Week on Its Journey to Hell

Next week, NASA is scheduled to send human technology closer to a star than ever before. What they learn could change our understanding of, well, the whole galaxy. Read More >>

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Top Scientists Explain to US Senators Why We Must Look for Aliens

The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is holding a series of hearings leading up to another NASA authorisation bill, which helps set goals and authorises funding for the agency (2017-2018's bill is here). On Wednesday, scientists from U.S. universities, the Smithsonian Institution, and NASA answered senators’ questions about why Congress should fund the hunt for extraterrestrial life. Read More >>

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Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner Programme Hits More Delays, First Crewed Flight Won’t Happen Until 2019

Boeing has delayed two critical tests of its CST-100 Starliner crew capsule following an engine failure during another test in June, setting back the timeline for its plans to use the craft to shuttle crew back and forth from the International Space Station or other possible future in-orbit destinations as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Read More >>

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This Solar System Catalogue Could Be Key to Finding an Earth-Like Exoplanet

By searching for the telltale, periodic dimming of light from distant stars, astronomers can spot orbiting exoplanets tens to hundreds of light-years away. But how do they know what these bodies look like? Perhaps they first try to imagine how the planets in our own Solar System might appear to a faraway alien world. Read More >>