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Nasa says newly discovered ‘weird’ planet with ‘unknown’ atmosphere is remarkably similar to Earth

A ‘weird’ planet recently discovered has excited scientists in their hunt for extraterrestial life.Researchers from Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of New Mexico discovered exoplanet TOI-1231 b orbiting an M dwarf star – otherwise known as a red dwarf.Scientists were able to characterise that star, and measure both the radius and the mass of TOI-1231 b. This then gave them the necessary data to calculate density, and hypothesise what the atmosphere is made of.The planet, a temperate sub-Neptune sized body with a 24-day orbit, is eight times closer to its star than the Earth is to the...
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Minotaur Rocket Launches From NASA's Wallops Flight Facility

ATLANTIC, Va.- A Northrop Grumman Minotaur 1 supply rocket successfully launched Tuesday morning from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The rocket carrying three national security payloads for the National Reconnaissance Office, was scheduled for launch at 7 a.m. from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0B on Wallops Island. However, storms in the area delayed the launch from taking place until 9:35 a.m.
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What Is the Strawberry Moon? Meaning of June 2021's Full Moon

Next week skywatchers will be able to see June's full moon, also called the strawberry moon, on Thursday, June 24. The name "strawberry moon" is thought to have been first used by the Algonquin tribes of North America, according to NASA. The space agency's Gordon Johnston, who writes monthly articles...
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China prepares to send astronauts to new space station

The first crew for China’s new space station has reportedly begun final preparations to blast off this week. The mission is China’s first crewed spaceflight in nearly five years, and a matter of prestige for the government as it prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the ruling Communist party on 1 July with a propaganda blitz.
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3 Fascinating Ghost Towns You Can’t Miss When Traveling Near El Paso, Texas

Even if you’ve never visited a ghost town, you’ve probably seen them from a highway off in the distance. In the U.S. some ghost towns are the result of natural disasters or man-made disasters. More often, a ghost town is what was left behind after a new highway is put in and the town’s economy just kind of dies. There are many, many towns that sprung up around railroad lines in the 1800s. When cars became the main mode of transportations, many of those railroad towns were left, literally, in the middle of nowhere.
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Nasa shows off massive SLS ‘megarocket’ to take humans to the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter as it is fully assembled

Nasa has finally assembled its first Space Launch System (SLS), a massive rocket that will carry humans to the Moon once again.Engineers at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida finished the 65m tall core rocket stage - the same height as London’s Tower Bridge - in between the smaller booster rockets on Friday. It is the first time that all three components have been unified.The boosters attach at the engine and intertank sections of the core stage, which is essentially the backbone of the rocket. The core stage has to support the weight of the payload, upper stage, and crew...
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NASA wants proposals for 2 private astronaut missions to space station

NASA is looking for proposals for two new commercial astronaut missions to begin as soon as 2022 as the agency works to make space more accessible. As private companies like SpaceX and Boeing are beginning to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA is working to "open space to more people than ever before," according to a statement from the agency. As part of this push to open up space, the agency announced today (June 14) that it's actively seeking proposals for two new private astronaut missions to the International Space Station.
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Rocket Lab wins NASA Mars spacecraft deal to prove its cost theory

Rocket Lab is building two Mars spacecraft for NASA, with the two unmanned Photon probes headed to the red planet to not only do research but also demonstrate the practicality of more affordable space tech. The Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers (ESCAPADE) mission is currently scheduled to launch in 2024, hitching a ride aboard a NASA-provided commercial launch vehicle.
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How to Watch Rocket Launch From NASA's Wallops Virginia Flight Facility on Tuesday

A Minotaur I rocket will launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday June 15. The rocket, which will be carrying three national security payloads for the National Reconnaissance Office, is scheduled to launch at 7 a.m. ET on Tuesday from the the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's (MARS) Pad 0B—located at the southern tip of the flight facility—on Wallops Island.
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Rocket Lab to design two orbital spacecraft for NASA to study Mars

This is a noteworthy development for a few reasons, including that Rocket Lab will realize its earlier announced vision of using Photon as a platform for satellites that travel beyond Earth’s orbit. It’s also interesting because it will ostensibly mark the first decoupling of Rocket Lab’s launch and spacecraft services businesses.
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Rocket Lab is building spacecraft for a NASA Mars mission

Rocket Lab is (mostly) known for its orbital flights, but its interplanetary efforts are about to bear fruit. The startup has won a contract to build two spacecraft for ESCAPADE (Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers), a NASA-selected mission to study how solar wind strips Mars' atmosphere and changes the planet's climate. Twin Photon spacecraft, nicknamed Blue and Gold, will travel to and orbit Mars for a year while they conduct their primary science objectives.
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NASA snow campaign wraps for 2021

As the last snow melts, NASA's SnowEx teams are packing up the snowshoes, skis, and scientific instruments they've used all winter to study snow in mountains and prairies. Now, they're turning their attention to a different kind of mountain—all of the data they collected. This year, SnowEx teams took snow...