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Elon Musk says SpaceX will reuse a rocket within 24 hours in 2019

An upgraded version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket lifts off Friday, May 11, 2018 from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center carrying Bangladesh’s first communications satellite. The $250 million satellite, the nation’s first, is designed to improve television, telephone, data, Internet and emergency communications for Bangladesh. (Red Huber /Orlando Sentinel via AP)  (Orlando Sentinel) SpaceX ...

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Seasonal changes in exoplanet's atmosphere could signal alien life

This contrasting artistic image of an early Martian environment with a thicker atmosphere (left) and the cold, dry Mars of today (right) shows how atmospheric changes affect a planet’s ability to hold life.  (NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center) Seasonal changes in an alien planet’s atmosphere could signal the presence of extraterrestrial life, new research suggests. Researchers aim to expand our ability to ...

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SpaceX set to debut newest Falcon 9 Rocket: 'Block 5'

SpaceX’s first Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket rolls to its launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  (Elon Musk/Instagram) SpaceX is set to debut the latest, most advanced version of its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket this Thursday (May 10). The company determined that its first Falcon 9 “Block 5” booster is ready to go, after analyzing data from a routine ...

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'Luxury space hotel' to launch in 2021

Artist’s illustration of Orion Span’s planned orbiting hotel, Aurora Station.  (Orion Span) Well-heeled space tourists will have a new orbital destination four years from now, if one company’s plans come to fruition. That startup, called Orion Span, aims to loft its “Aurora Station” in late 2021 and begin accommodating guests in 2022.  “We are launching the first-ever affordable luxury space hotel,” said ...

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First the Moon, then Earth: New theory reverses formation story

An artist’s illustration of Earth’s hot, molten moon as it forms from a synestia: a giant, spinning donut of vaporized rock formed from the collision of two other planet-size objects.  (Sarah Stewart/UC Davis based on NASA rendering) Earth’s moon formed inside a cloud of molten rock, and may have done so before our planet itself formed, a new theory suggests. ...

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How John Young smuggled a corned-beef sandwich into space

John Young (left) and Gus Grissom flew on the first crewed Gemini flight, Gemini 3, on March 23, 1965. Here, they’re shown in the spacecraft simulator at the McDonnell plant in St. Louis. One additional “passenger” on the real flight was a corned-beef sandwich that Young smuggled aboard in his pocket.  (NASA/MSFC Archives) While John Young, who died on Jan. ...

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Meteorite's origins point to possible undiscovered asteroid

The Bunburra Rockhole meteorite was discovered in Australia.  (Imperial College London) A new analysis of a meteorite called Bunburra Rockhole has revealed that the rock originated from a previously unknown parent asteroid, allowing scientists to understand the geology of the parent body. The parent body was differentiated, meaning that it was large enough to separate into a core, mantle and crust, ...

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Those weird 'tubes' on Mars probably aren't signs of life

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity captured this image on Jan. 2, 2018, using its Mars Hand Lens Imager. The tubular structures were likely created by crystalline growth, mission team members said.  (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS) If you heard that NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity just spotted signs of life on the Red Planet — well, don’t get your hopes up. The odd tubular structures that Curiosity has been investigating lately ...

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