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Scientists say 2 solar system dwarf planets may harbor underground oceans

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 6:00pm
Methane detected near dwarf planets Eris and Makemake could have come from within their interiors, produced by geochemical reactions amid hot rock.
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Firefly Aerospace's Alpha rocket put a satellite in the wrong orbit in December. Now we know why.

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 5:00pm
A software issue caused Firefly Aerospace's Alpha rocket to deploy a satellite into the wrong orbit on its four-ever launch this past December, company representatives said.
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Sian Proctor on her legacy of being the 1st Black woman to pilot a spacecraft

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 4:31pm
Sian Proctor spoke to Space.com about her captivating story of a woman who soared past barriers to pave the way for more diversity and inclusivity in space.
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Everything we know about '3 Body Problem'

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 2:00pm
Here's everything we know about Netflix's upcoming sci-fi event series, "3 Body Problem"
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Former Disney TV star Bridgit Mendler co-founds satellite 'data highway' startup

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 1:45pm
Once known for her beloved roles on Disney Channel, Bridgit Mendler has re-introduced herself as a CEO in the space business game.
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Intuitive Machines' private Odysseus moon lander on track for Feb. 22 lunar landing

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 1:07pm
The Intuitive Machines moon landing machine is on course to the moon after 2 crucial engine burns in deep space. Lunar orbit insertion will happen on Feb. 21.
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Studying lake deposits in Idaho could give scientists insight into ancient traces of life on Mars

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 12:00pm
Does life exist elsewhere in the universe? If so, how do scientists search for and identify it? Finding life beyond Earth is extremely difficult, partly because other planets are so far away and partly because we are not sure what to look for.
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These supernovas are whipping up a storm, contributing to cosmic life and death

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 11:00am
Astronomers have observed a so-called standard candle supernova generating clouds of cosmic dust, bringing us a step closer to understanding the life and death cycle of stars.
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'We are approaching the tipping point': Marker for the collapse of key Atlantic current discovered

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 10:00am
A vital Atlantic current that includes the Gulf Stream and keeps our climate in check may be giving off a warning sign of collapse.
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SpaceX launches Indonesian satellite on 300th successful Falcon 9 mission (video)

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 9:00am
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket notched its 300th successful mission today (Feb. 20), launching the Merah Putih 2 satellite for Indonesian communications company Telkomsat.
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Black hole-like 'gravastars' could be stacked like Russian tea dolls

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 8:00am
A new solution to Einstein's theory of general relativity suggests a hypothetical star could be made of stacked black holes.
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Very Large Telescope snaps gorgeous shot of Milky Way's star-studded core (photo)

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 6:00am
A new view from the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope captures the abundant star-forming region at the center of the Milky Way.
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Massive underground laboratory in China joins the quest to find dark matter

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 5:00pm
A renovated Chinese underground lab has expanded the search for dark matter, offering new promise for the detection of this abundant yet elusive substance.
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Australia seeks public help to design its 1st moon rover, Roo-ver

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 4:00pm
The Australian Space Agency is building a moon rover called "Roo-ver," slated to launch as early as 2026.
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South Pole Telescope has a 'treasure map' to the secrets of dark matter

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 3:00pm
A new camera on the South Pole Telescope has used the Cosmic Microwave Background as a celestial treasure map that could lead to the secrets of dark matter.
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Major X-ray sky survey could relieve crisis surrounding the universe's 'lumpiness'

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 2:00pm
Observations of galactic clusters made by the eROSITA X-ray all-sky survey could help solve a troubling tension in cosmology surrounding the 'lumpiness' of matter in the universe.
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For this dead star, 72 years is a single Earth day

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 1:00pm
Astronomers have discovered a remarkable binary system in which a dead white dwarf star orbits a tiny stellar companion 72 times in 24 hours. The observation could help explain how tiny stars are born.
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Star Trek's Seven of Nine returns in new novel 'Picard: Firewall' (exclusive)

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 12:00pm
Space.com has an exclusive excerpt from New York Times bestselling author David Mack's "Picard: Firewall," a new Star Trek novel featuring former Borg drone Seven of Nine.
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Brightest quasar ever seen is powered by black hole that eats a 'sun a day'

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 11:00am
Astronomers have discovered a quasar that remained hidden for over the years is the brightest ever, powered by the fastest growing black hole ever discovered that eats a sun every day.
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Build your own moon base and explore the lunar surface in 'Moonshot' (video)

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 10:00am
The new lunar simulation video game "Moonshot" offers players the chance to build and manage their own settlements on the moon's surface.
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