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ESA offers details on plans for exploring lunar caves

ESA offers details on plans for exploring lunar caves

Back in 2019, the European Space Agency (ESA) asked for ideas for detecting, mapping, and exploring lunar caves. The ESA selected five of those ideas to be studied in more detail, with each addressing a different phase of a potential mission to the moon for exploring lunar caves. There were five Sysnova studies, and three mission scenarios were developed.

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Kate Rubins and Victor Glover take a spacewalk to prepare for solar panel upgrades

Kate Rubins and Victor Glover take a spacewalk to prepare for solar panel upgrades

Two NASA astronauts made their way outside the International Space Station early Sunday morning at approximately 6:12 AM ET. The astronauts venturing outside the space station were Kate Rubins and Victor Glover Jr. They were on a mission to prepare the station for coming solar panel upgrades. The spacewalk was expected to last about 6.5 hours and is being aired live on the NASA website.

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Brazil’s first self-developed satellite will keep an eye on the rain forests

Brazil’s first self-developed satellite will keep an eye on the rain forests

Much of Brazil is packed full of dense rain forests that are critical to our planet's environment. Many feel like the clearing of the Amazonian rain forests are a detriment to the entire world, and efforts are being made to protect them. Brazil is set to launch its first homemade satellite known as Amazonia-1, and the entire satellite was developed within the country.

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ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter snaps an image of Perseverance and its trash

ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter snaps an image of Perseverance and its trash

There are multiple spacecraft in orbit around Mars, including the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter. ExoMars recently snapped an image from its orbital perch of the aftermath of the Perseverance Rover's landing showing the rover as a speck on the Martian surface along with discarded components from the landing. The image shows what the Red Planet's surface now looks like, with another rover cruising its surface.

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Researchers discover large galaxies strip star-making gas from nearby smaller galaxies

Researchers discover large galaxies strip star-making gas from nearby smaller galaxies

Astronomers published new research this week, discovering that small satellite galaxies contain less molecular gas in their centers. The 000 says that large galaxies are known to strip away gas occupying the space between the stars of smaller satellite galaxies. They now know that the larger galaxies can strip away molecular gas at the center of the smaller galaxies, which is the type of gas the smaller galaxies that need to create new stars.

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Comet-like Centaur spotted by Hubble near Jupiter’s Trojans

Comet-like Centaur spotted by Hubble near Jupiter’s Trojans

The NASA Hubble Space Telescope has spied a comet-like object known as a Centaur that has settled near a group of captured ancient asteroids called Trojans orbiting alongside Jupiter. NASA says this is the first time a comet-like object has been spotted near the ancient Trojan population. The Centaur name classifies icy bodies in the space between Jupiter and Neptune that become active for the first time when heated as they approach the sun.

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Blue Origin delays New Glenn after missing out on Pentagon contracts

Blue Origin delays New Glenn after missing out on Pentagon contracts

After losing out on a Space Force contract, private space company Blue Origin has announced that its New Glenn maiden flight will be bumped to the fourth quarter of 2022. The company says that it hopes it will be able to launch National Security Space Launch (NSSL) payloads in the future in addition to civil contracts, among other things.

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NASA guided tour of Mars will tap Perseverance’s most flexible camera

NASA guided tour of Mars will tap Perseverance’s most flexible camera

NASA is preparing a must-see video tour of Mars today, tapping Perseverance's high-tech Mastcam-Z robotic eyes to give a new glimpse of the red planet. It's an opportunity not only to see Mars in full 360-degrees, but also to get a guided view of what the freshly-landed rover can see and why scientists are eager to explore it.

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This growing album of Perseverance Mars photos is space geek treasure

This growing album of Perseverance Mars photos is space geek treasure

NASA's Perseverance rover may not have even moved from its landing spot on Mars in the past week, but that doesn't mean there aren't already thousands of images being shared from the red planet. The latest science-lab-on-wheels successfully touched down on Martian soil last Thursday, February 18, and has been steadily beaming back content to the Jet Propulsion Lab ever since.

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Incredible picture of Venus taken by the Parker Solar Probe

Incredible picture of Venus taken by the Parker Solar Probe

As its name implies, NASA's Parker Solar Probe is meant to study the Sun. However, on its way to the Sun, Parker flew past Venus. It took the opportunity to capture some impressive views of the planet during its close flyby in July 2020. While the probe was meant to study the sun, Venus was critical to the mission as the spacecraft will whip around the planet to get gravity assists allowing it to fly closer and closer to the sun to complete its primary mission.

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NASA shares an image of the Perseverance descent stage smoke plume

NASA shares an image of the Perseverance descent stage smoke plume

One of the most significant feats in space exploration over the past few years is the landing of the Perseverance rover on the surface of Mars. Perseverance made a successful landing on the Red Planet a few days ago after an extremely harrowing journey through the thin Martian atmosphere. One of the critical pieces of the puzzle to get Perseverance on the ground safely was the descent stage.

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There was a message encoded in the parachute above the Perseverance rover

There was a message encoded in the parachute above the Perseverance rover

NASA has a history of doing interesting and unexpected things when it comes to its space missions. Recently, NASA successfully placed the Perseverance rover onto the surface of Mars. One of the most dangerous parts of its entire journey was the descent through the Martian atmosphere to the Red Planet's surface.

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