Category: Space Fiction

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NASA’s InSight Lander Starts an Unprecedented Mars Mission on Cyber Monday

While tech geeks go nuts on Cyber Monday this year, NASA’s InSight Landerwill be making its historic touchdown on Mars. It’s expected to land at Elysium Planitia, an equatorial plane, on November 26, marking the first day...

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International Space Station’s orbit to be raised by 600 meters

  The medium height of the International Space Station’s flight orbit will be raised by 600 meters with the help of the engines of the Zvezda module on January 17, Russia’s Mission Control said...

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Are Aliens Plentiful, But We’re Just Missing Them?

A little over 80 years ago, humanity first began broadcasting radio and television signals with enough power that they should leave Earth’s atmosphere and progress deep into interstellar space. If someone living in a...

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NASA’s TESS Telescope Should Spot Many ‘Star Wars’-Like ‘Tatooines’

NASA’s next extrasolar planet-hunting mission should detect dozens of circumbinary, Tatooine-like systems, in which a real-life planet circles two stars instead of one, say astronomers. TESS (the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) — due for...

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If We Ever Get to Mars, the Beer Might Not Be Bad

Here’s an interplanetary botany discovery that took college students and not NASA scientists to find: Hops — the flowers used to add a pleasant bitterness to beer — grow well in Martian soil. “I...

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A repeating fast radio burst from an extreme environment

New detections of radio waves from a repeating fast radio burst have revealed an astonishingly potent magnetic field in the source’s environment, indicating that it is situated near a massive black hole or within...

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Flight Lab: The Bizarre, Beautiful New Fliers of NASA’s Famed X-Plane Program

TUCKED AWAY IN the Mojave desert lies the Armstrong Flight Research Center, where NASA engineers imagine, design, and test the future of flight in aircraft that carry the designation “X.” That single letter has...