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Uranus Is a Wonderland and We Should Go There

Uranus is tired of being the butt of your jokes—especially that one. Read More >>

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Why the Hell Does the James Webb Space Telescope Look Haunted?

One of the most powerful telescopes ever built — NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope — is set to make its big debut in 2018. But before it starts scouring distant galaxies, or searching for life around at TRAPPIST-1, the telescope must undergo quite a bit of testing. Apparently, during “lights out inspections,” James Webb gets a little creepy. Read More >>

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Our Last Stunning Close-Up of Saturn’s ‘Death Star Moon’ 

Saturn’s mysterious moon Mimas is a fan favourite for obvious reasons — the heavily cratered world looks eerily similar to the Death Star from Star Wars. The moon’s iconic Herschel Crater, at roughly 81 miles across, makes it a dead ringer for George Lucas’ iconic weapon of mass destruction. Read More >>

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You Will Want NASA’s Miniature Alien Rover As Your Personal Sidekick

NASA is getting ready to melt some space nerd hearts with an adorable little robot named PUFFER — which stands for Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robots — designed to explore alien worlds like Mars and Europa. The “origami-inspired” rover can fold itself to become as small as a smartphone, but will take on an enormous task once it’s ready for use. Read More >>

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360-Degree Video of NASA’s Powerful Rocket Blast Will Make Your Astronaut Dreams Come True

Before actually using them on what will be the world’s most powerful rocket, NASA has been thoroughly testing its new RS-25 engines. With 512,000 pounds of thrust, however, the best way to experience all of that power is through this 360-degree video that safely puts you right in the path of the immense blast. Read More >>

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Matt Damon Might Have Been Right About Potatoes on Mars

In 2015, Matt Damon reprised his role of “confused Boston actor” in the sci-fi film The Martian. The We Bought a Zoo star was able to survive for months on the Red Planet thanks to his ingenious decision to grow potatoes for food. Now, a NASA-backed project wants to see if Matt Damon’s potato scheme could actually work on Mars. And the early results are promising. Read More >>

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Here’s Our First Glorious View of the TRAPPIST-1 Star System

Last month, the solar system lost its collective chill when NASA announced the discovery of a seven-planet system called TRAPPIST-1, just 39 light-years from our Sun. The system is particularly exciting, not only because of its proximity to our planet, but because it has three planets within the habitable zone, where liquid water (and potentially life) could be supported. There’s already a website dedicated to these mysterious planets, filled with stunning art and literal fan fiction. In short, TRAPPIST-1 is already getting the One Direction treatment. Read More >>

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NASA Just Found a Lost Spacecraft Orbiting the Moon

Much like George Clooney in Gravity, sometimes, spacecrafts meet unfortunate fates—they get lost in space, and are almost always victims of the final frontier. But over the last few years, NASA has been having some real success locating wayward spacecrafts, including its STEREO-B solar observer. The agency has now done it again, locating an Indian spacecraft that lost contact with the Earth nearly eight years ago. Read More >>

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New Up-Close Images of Saturn’s Tiny Moon Prove It’s a Dumpling

Since it launched in 1997, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been giving us unprecedented views of Saturn and its (many) moons. But this week, the intrepid orbiter outdid itself by capturing some adorable images of Saturn’s tiny moon, Pan. In Greek mythology, Pan was the god of shepherds, which is appropriate considering the clingy world acts as a “shepherd moon” of Saturn, clearing out the 200 mile-wide Encke Gap within the gas giant’s A Ring. Read More >>

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Congress Just Ordered NASA to Get Crackin’ on Mars and a Tonne of Other Things

Both the US Senate and the House of Representatives have approved a bill that will send $19.508 billion NASA and sets some very ambitious directives. All that’s standing between the space agency and getting to work is a presidential sign off. Read More >>

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The Most Advanced Weather Satellite Has a Mind-Blowing Lightning Mapper

NOAA and NASA’s lovechild-slash-weather satellite, GOES-16, has been serving up some of the best images of Earth since it launched in November 2016. The satellite, which can take high quality images of Earth every 15 minutes, will be enormously helpful to meteorologists trying to predict extreme weather, which many climate scientists fear will increasingly become status quo. Read More >>

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Jeff Bezos Wants to Set Up Amazon on the Moon

In September 2016, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced his grand ambitions to colonise Mars. Earlier this week, he doubled down on that promise by announcing SpaceX’s plan to launching two private citizens in a tour around the Moon in late 2018. Not to be outdone by his billionaire competitor, this week, it was revealed that Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos is planning to launch a cargo spacecraft to shuttle goods — and eventually, humans — to and from the Moon, with uncrewed missions beginning as early as July 2020. Read More >>

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NASA Spacecraft Avoids Very Embarrassing Collision With Mars’ Moon

We’re all a little uncoordinated at times, but when you’re a hunk of metal hurling through space, the consequences are a bit more severe. This week, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN), which has been orbiting the Red Planet for two years, had to perform a last-minute manoeuvre to avoid a disastrous collision with Mars’ moon, Phobos. NBD, though. Read More >>

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New Close-Up Image of Jupiter’s Turbulent Region Is Breathtaking

Sure, things are pretty wacky here on Earth, but they’re nothing compared to the gigantic storm twice as wide as our own planet raging on Jupiter. The area just west of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is both dazzling and chaotic, filled with swirling clouds of mystery. Now, thanks to NASA’s Juno spacecraft—and a very skilled citizen scientist—we have the most high-res image of this region ever. Read More >>

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Money Won’t Save SpaceX’s Moon Tourists If Something Goes Wrong

On Monday, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced that for the first time in history, it will be sending two private citizens on a trip around the Moon, in a Dragon 2 spacecraft. Because sending untrained civilians into space apparently isn’t enough of a gamble, Musk added that this mission would be taking place in Q4 of 2018. As an added reminder for emphasis, that’s next year. Another reminder: SpaceX has yet to send any humans into space, period. Read More >>