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10/21/2017 01:01 AM
Good News Everyone! There are Less Deadly Undiscovered Asteroids than we Thought

According to a new analysis, the number of undiscovered and potentially-hazardous asteroids could be lower than previously thought.

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10/20/2017 08:48 PM
Looking for Signs of Life on Distant Planets Just Got Easier

A recent study from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) has produced a new 3-D model for determining exoplanet habitability.

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10/20/2017 05:48 AM
Sky Pointing Curiosity Captures Breathtaking Vista of Mount Sharp and Crater Rim, Climbs Vera Rubin Seeking Hydrated Martian Minerals

5 years after a heart throbbing Martian touchdown, Curiosity is climbing Vera Rubin Ridge in search of “aqueous minerals” and “clays” for clues to possible past life while capturing “truly breathtaking” vistas of humongous Mount Sharp - her primary destination – and the stark eroded rim of the Gale Crater landing zone from ever higher elevations, NASA scientists tell Universe Today in a new mission update.

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10/20/2017 01:43 AM
Nope, our Temporary Moon Isn’t Space Junk, it’s an Asteroid

A team of astronomers from the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory has confirmed that Earth's "temporary Moon" is an asteroid, and not space junk.

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10/20/2017 12:18 AM
Bigelow and ULA are Sending a Habitat to Lunar Orbit by 2022

Bigelow Aerospace and United Launch Alliance announced on Tuesday that they’ll be sending their own inflatable habitat to lunar orbit by 2022. They’re calling it the Lunar Depot. Part laboratory, part hotel, the habitat will serve as a destination for anyone planning to visit the Moon. Suddenly the Moon has become all the rage for […]

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10/19/2017 09:23 PM
Forecast for Titan: Cold, with a Chance of Noxious Ice Clouds

One of the many interesting finds made by the Cassini orbiter before it crashed into Saturn was evidence of a hybrid, toxic ice cloud above Titan's southern pole.

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10/19/2017 07:18 PM
More Evidence Presented in Defense of Planet 9

A new study by a team from the University of Michigan has shown how Planet 9 could have prevented TNOs from being destroyed or ejected over time.

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10/19/2017 12:55 AM
Stable Lava Tube Could Provide a Potential Human Habitat on the Moon

A new study by JAXA and international scientists has confirmed the existence of a stable lava tube in the Marius Hills region of the Moon.

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10/18/2017 09:04 PM
Metal-Eating Bacteria Could Have Left their “Fingerprints” on Mars, Proving it Once Hosted Life

A new study by a team of European scientists has shown how metal-eating bacteria could have left their mark on Mars, which could be discovered by future missions

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10/18/2017 07:32 PM
Weekly Space Hangout – Oct 18, 2017: Weekly News Roundup

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg ChartYourWorld.org) Announcements: If you would like to join the Weekly Space Hangout Crew, visit their site here and sign up. They’re a great team who can help you join […]

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