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  • What are these blue spots on Mars?
    Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck Stunning new photos captured by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter feature bright blue patches that, at first glance, look as though they could potentially be pools of water located in bet...
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  • What is dark matter?
    Susanna Pilny for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online About 1/4 of the universe is composed of dark matter, so it’s kind of a big deal. Or, to put it another way, up until about 30 years ago, most scientists believed that the universe was compose...
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  • Cassini bids farewell to Hyperion, heads to Dione
    Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck After getting one last up-close look at Saturn’s moon Hyperion on Sunday, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is now en route to Dione, a small, icy moon that orbits the planet at roughly the same distance that...
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  • How much does the Milky Way weigh?
    Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck How much does the Milky Way weigh? It seems like a simple enough question, but it’s one that astronomers have struggled to answer for many years, as the galaxy contains such a vast amount of stars that ...
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  • LightSail back on air thanks to space debris
    Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck Several days after a software issue caused The Planetary Society’s mission control personnel to lose contact with its LightSail spacecraft, officials announced on Monday that they were able to re-establ...
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  • Circular orbits common amongst Earth-sized exoplanets
    Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck Researchers from MIT and Aarhus University in Denmark have solved a decades-long riddle, demonstrating for the first time that the circular orbits maintained by Earth and the other planets in the Milky Wa...
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  • Antarctic radar to probe Europa for signs of life
    Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When NASA sends probes off to distant planetary bodies, the space agency must equip them with instruments designed to investigate the unique environments they will encounter and refine these instru...
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  • NASA tests bug gut-proof coating on planes
    Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Smashed bug guts are more than just disgusting -- they can also create fuel-draining drag when smeared all over the surface of an airplane wing. In an attempt to solve this issue, NASA researchers...
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  • Lunar swirls may be caused by crashing comets
    Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Swirls of dust on the lunar surface have baffled scientists for decades, but a new computer-simulation-based study has found that these odd swirls were caused by the Moon colliding with various com...
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  • First 3D movie of plasma tubes surrounding Earth
    John Hopton for redOrbit.com - @Johnfinitum Astronomers in Australia have detected the existence of tubular plasma structures in the inner layers of the magnetosphere surrounding Earth – and made a 3D movie of them. Earth’s magnetic field is fi...
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  • Graphene could improve solar sails
    David Taft for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Solar sails, a technology that allows spacecraft to be propelled by light from the sun, are about to become even more efficient with the wonder material Graphene-- what can't this stuff do? Graphen...
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  • ALMA telescope finds red giant solar flare
    Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck Using the ALMA telescope in Chile, researchers from the Chalmers University of Technology have detected what appears to be a gigantic flare on the surface of one of the closest, most well known red giants...
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  • NASA begins testing next-gen Mars rover
    Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck Assembly is complete and testing is currently underway on NASA’s Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport (InSight) lander, a new automated explorer that will be se...
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  • NASA awards Boeing first ever human spaceflight mission
    Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck NASA has reportedly drawn up the first-ever contract with a private firm to send American astronauts into space, offering Boeing the opportunity to use its spacecraft on a crew rotation mission to the Int...
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  • LightSail loses contact with Earth
    Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck A computer problem during the test flight of the Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft has left the prototype satellite unable to communicate with mission control, preventing (at least for now) the s...
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