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We’ve created a ‘bubble’ around the Earth

The effects of human activity have long been cited as a primary cause of global climate change, but new research from NASA has revealed that our use of technology also appears to be having an impact not just on the planet, but on Earth’s near-space environment as well. As the US space agency announced on […]

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NASA’s Mars plans include a one-year mission to the Moon

Before sending a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s, NASA may have a group of astronauts spend a year in orbit around the moon, officials from the space agency’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate revealed earlier this week at an event in Washington DC. Speaking at the Human to Mars Summit on Tuesday, […]

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Atmosphere of distant ‘warm Neptune’ fascinates astronomers

A mixture of images from NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer telescopes has resulted in fascinating observations of the exoplanet HAT-P-26b, which is classified as a ‘warm Neptune’. Water vapor and exotic clouds have been spotted in the atmosphere of the distant alien planet, which is 430 light-years away from Earth. The planet displayed a preponderance of […]

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Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19

Paris (AFP) April 14, 2017

An asteroid as big as the Rock of Gibraltar will streak past Earth on April 19 at a safe but uncomfortably close distance, according to astronomers.

“Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our…

NASA finds evidence for live-giving thermal vents on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

A form of chemical energy believed to be capable of supporting microbes has been discovered on Saturn’s moon Enceladus, making it the first extraterrestrial world where direct evidence of potentially life-giving reactions has actually been discovered, NASA announced on Thursday. According to Reuters and the New York Times, scientists working on the space agency’s Cassini […]

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