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New Images of the Moon’s Far Side Released as Chinese Lunar Mission Quietly Chugs Along

The Chang’e 4 lander and the Yutu 2 rover are currently in hibernation mode, sitting out the frigid lunar night, which lasts for about two Earth weeks. The Chinese mission to explore the lunar far side is now well into overtime, lasting longer than initially intended. Read More >>

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Suffers ‘Anomaly’ During Testing at Cape Canaveral

One of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon crew capsules suffered an “anomaly” on the launch pad at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station while testing its engines on Saturday, with Florida Today posting an image of “orange plumes” rising from the launchpad and noting “unconfirmed reports” that the capsule was destroyed. Read More >>

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‘It Feels Awesome’: NASA Astronaut Learns She Will Spend Record-Breaking 328 Days in Space

Christina Koch has spent the past month orbiting Earth aboard the International Station. Recently, the NASA astronaut learned she won’t be coming home for another 10 months. Her prolonged stay—at an estimated 328 days—will establish a new record for the longest spaceflight completed by a woman. Read More >>

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New NASA Mission Will Measure the Mysterious Glow of Earth’s Plants

Packed alongside supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station on an otherwise routine SpaceX resupply run, something rather special is headed to orbit next week: a refrigerator-sized instrument that’ll measure the glow of Earth’s plant life. Read More >>

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Hubble Telescope Turns 29, Shares Incredible Photo of Southern Crab Nebula to Celebrate

Hubble scientists like to honour the telescope’s birthday with an annual release of 4/20-worthy space porn, and this year’s pic is as stunning as ever. The image, in full below, offers an updated view of the Southern Crab Nebula. Read More >>

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Planet Mercury Has Solid Inner Core About the Same Size as Earth’s

A new analysis has found that Mercury has a solid inner core, just like Earth does. And Mercury’s core is just about the same size as our own planet’s. Read More >>

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Piece of a Comet Found Tucked Inside Meteorite

Scientists have found a cometary building block in an unexpected place: deep inside a meteorite, according to a new paper. Read More >>

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Pepsi Mercifully Spares Humanity From Its Space Billboards—for Now

If there is one thing no one needs, it’s additional spaces for brands to overwhelm humanity with even more advertising. But thanks to capitalism, the sky is evidently the limit. Read More >>

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What Does the Freaky Image of the Black Hole Actually Look Like?

Last week, scientists revealed the first-ever image of a black hole at a press conference in Washington, DC. This is a huge deal, as Harvard & Smithsonian astrophysicist Center for Astrophysics physicist Grant Tremblay told Gizmodo’s Ryan Mandelbaum, “The image marks the start of a new epoch.” Read More >>

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Gravitational Wave Detectors Spot Two Potential Black Hole Collisions in a Week

Less than two weeks after the gravitational wave detectors turned back on, they’ve already seen evidence of two pairs of colliding black holes. Read More >>

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The First Detailed Study of How Mice Behave in Space Reveals Strange, Coordinated Zooming

New research based on experiments done on the International Space Station shows that mice adapt quickly to microgravity conditions. Unexpectedly, however, some of the mice began to exhibit a rather curious circling behaviour, zipping around the walls of their metal cage with reckless abandon. Read More >>

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Stratolaunch, World’s Largest-Ever Plane by Wingspan, Successfully Takes Off on Maiden Flight

Stratolaunch, the world’s largest plane by wingspan and the brainchild of late Silicon Valley billionaire Paul Allen, finally took off at around 10:00 a.m. local time on Saturday for a two and a half hour inaugural flight, the Washington Post reported. Read More >>

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Final Results of NASA Twins Study Show How Scott Kelly Changed After a Year in Space

Last year, various media outlets fumbled their reporting of genuinely interesting research from NASA, one that hoped to start figuring out what happens to our bodies if we live in space for long periods of time. The study was a meticulous comparison of then 50-year-old astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a year aboard the International Space Station in 2015, and his identical twin brother Mark Kelly, who stayed on Earth. Read More >>

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Why Doesn’t the Black Hole Image Look Like the One From Interstellar?

No one knew what a black hole looked like before yesterday. Sure, we thought we knew, thanks to simulations and the now-famous black hole featured in the movie Interstellar. Read More >>

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What We Learned From the First Black Hole Image

Today, scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope released a picture that will go down in scientific history: the first-ever image of a black hole. But there’s more to science than pretty pictures. Alongside the release, scientists dropped six papers documenting how they created the image and what they’ve already learned about the black hole at the centre of M87, a galaxy 55 million light-years away. Read More >>