Tag: Space

Distant space object receives Powhatan name ‘Arrokoth’ by NASA

To ring in the new year, NASA’s New Horizons probe conducted the farthest ever flyby to distant Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, 4 billion miles from Earth. Now, the object has been officially named Arrokoth, a Native American term that means “sky” in the Powhatan and Algonquian language, according to NASA. Rev. Nick Miles, of the […]

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Jack-o’-lantern Nebula grimaces on the edge of the Milky Way

The newest image from the Spitzer Space Telescope looks like a cosmic pumpkin carved up just in time for Halloween. Researchers have dubbed this region on the edge of our galaxy, the Milky Way, as the “Jack-o’-lantern Nebula,” according to NASA. The newest image from the Spitzer Space Telescope looks like a cosmic pumpkin carved up […]

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US Air Force’s mysterious space plane lands after record 780 days in orbit

The US Air Force’s X-37B space plane landed Sunday back on Earth after spending 780 days in orbit, the longest mission in the mysterious military test program’s history. The uncrewed plane, which looks like a small space shuttle, conducted in-orbit experiments that could then be brought back to Earth for examination, according to the Air Force. The exact details […]

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New evidence shows an extraterrestrial collision may have kicked off the Earth’s rapid cooling 12,800 years ago

What kicked off the Earth’s rapid cooling 12,800 years ago? In the space of just a couple of years, average temperatures abruptly dropped, resulting in temperatures as much as 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10°C) cooler in some regions of the Northern Hemisphere. If a drop like that happened today, it would mean the average temperature of […]

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The Universe Is Made of Tiny Bubbles Containing Mini-Universes, Scientists Say

A persistent cosmological puzzle has been troubling physicists since 1917: what is the universe made of? Complicating this already-mind-boggling question is the fact that our best theories conflict with our observations of the universe. Albert Einstein, according to scientific folklore, felt a unique responsibility for introducing this entire problem, reportedly referring to it as his […]

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Private Chinese space company aims to rival SpaceX with a reusable rocket by 2021

i-Space, a Bejing-based space company, showed off its reusable rocket, Hyperbola-2,  for the first time in public last week. According to reports from the Chinese media, the firm aims to launch it into space in 2021.  The rocket uses liquid oxygen-methane propellants, and its primary stage can be used again for other launches. The company claims this […]

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Evolution tells us we might be the only intelligent life in the universe

Are we alone in the universe? It comes down to whether intelligence is a probable outcome of natural selection or an improbable fluke. By definition, probable events occur frequently, improbable events occur rarely – or once. Our evolutionary history shows that many key adaptations – not just intelligence, but complex animals, complex cells, photosynthesis, and […]

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NATO’s going to call space a war zone, but don’t worry there won’t be any fighting

At an upcoming summit in early December, NATO is expected to declare space as a “warfighting domain,” partly in response to new developments in technology. If it does declare space a war zone, NATO could start using space weapons that can destroy satellites or incoming enemy missiles. But what is this technology and how could […]

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NASA finally launches unisex spacesuit — preventing more spacewalk let-downs

Credit: Joel Kowsky (NASA) In March, NASA announced plans to conduct its first ever all-women spacewalk with astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain. However, what would have been a giant leap for womankind was canceled because NASA hadn’t packed enough spacesuits. Now, seven months later, the space agency has rescheduled the what-will-be historic moment and […]

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