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  1. Remember all the fuss about the “doorway on Mars” from just last week? Well, this week, NASA issued some more information about the rock mound where the Curiosity rover snapped a pic showing a fracture hole in the rock. It looks like a door, but it’s not. This discovery came as Curiosity was investigating an …

    The post The “Doorway on Mars” is More Like a Dog Door appeared first on Universe Today.

  2. Ever wonder what it would be like to fly through the Orion Nebula with all its newborn stars? Or buzz through the California Nebula? Of course, we’ve seen simulated “fly-throughs” of nebulae in sci-fi TV and movies and on planetarium domes. But, what if we had a warp-speed spaceship and could chart a path through …

    The post Thanks to Gaia, Astronomers are Able to Map Out Nebulae in 3D appeared first on Universe Today.

  3. It might be hard to fathom now, but the human exploration of the solar system isn’t going to stop at the Moon and Mars. Eventually, our descendants will spread throughout the solar system – for those interested in space exploration, the question is only of when rather than if. Answering that question is the focus …

    The post Forget About Mars, When Will Humans be Flying to Saturn? appeared first on Universe Today.

  4. A team of Chinese researchers has proposed a new mission to find Earth-like planets in neighboring star systems - the Closeby Habitable Exoplanet Survey (CHES)!

    The post The Closeby Habitable Exoplanet Survey (CHES) Could Detect Exoplanets Within a few Dozen Light-Years of Earth Using Astrometry appeared first on Universe Today.

  5. New research led by the USRA has found a possible explanation for planet-wide Martian dust storms, which could the result of an imbalance between the energy it absorbs and emits.

    The post Dust Storms on Mars Happen When the Planet Can’t Release its Heat Fast Enough appeared first on Universe Today.

  6. Can watching a video give you motion sickness?  If so, a commercial launch company called SpinLaunch just released a video that is sure to. The video is from the first camera ever attached to one of the company’s test payloads, and boy is it spectacular, though it might indeed be nausea-inducing in some people. SpinLaunch, …

    The post Spinlaunch Hurled a Test Rocket Into the air. See What it Looked Like From the Payload’s Point of View appeared first on Universe Today.

  7. Take a good look at the latest image provided by the Hubble Space Telescope. It shows a huge elliptical galaxy called NGC 474 that lies about 100 million light-years away from us. At about two and a half times larger than our Milky Way Galaxy, it’s really a behemoth. Notice its strange structure—mostly featureless and …

    The post Is This the Future of the Milky Way? appeared first on Universe Today.

  8. NASA is sending astronauts back to the Moon by the end of this decade, and hope to send humans to Mars sometime in the 2030s. Growing food in space using in-situ resources is vital if astronauts are to survive on both the Moon and Mars for the long-term. Growing plants in space using Earth soil …

    The post Plants can grow in lunar regolith, but they’re not happy about it appeared first on Universe Today.

  9. If you were able to witness the lunar eclipse on May 15-16, 2022, the view of the dark red Moon was stunning. But what would such an eclipse look like from space? Wonder no longer. ESA/Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti captured a series of photos of the lunar eclipse from her unique vantage point aboard the …

    The post The Lunar Eclipse, Seen From the International Space Station appeared first on Universe Today.

  10. Be sure to watch the skies on the last morning of May, for a possible meteor outburst.

    The post May 31st Could Be the Most Powerful Meteor Storm in Generations, or Nothing at All appeared first on Universe Today.

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