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  1. NASA and SpaceX made history today with the launch of second demonstration flight of the Crew Dragon (Demo-2), which signalled the restoration of the US' domestic launch capability!

    The post NASA and SpaceX Make History with Successful Crew Dragon Launch! appeared first on Universe Today.

  2. Oh Planet Nine, when will you stop toying with us? Whether you call it Planet Nine, Planet X, the Perturber, Jehoshaphat, “Phattie,” or any of the other proposed names—either serious or flippant—this scientific back and forth over its existence is getting exhausting. Is this what it was like when they were arguing whether Earth is …

    The post Maybe the Elusive Planet 9 Doesn’t Exist After All appeared first on Universe Today.

  3. SpaceX suffered yet another setback when their SN4 prototype exploded into a fireball during a static fire test of its single Raptor engine.

    The post SN4, We Hardly Knew You. Another Starship Prototype Lost! appeared first on Universe Today.

  4. This Saturday, NASA and SpaceX will make their second attempt to send astronauts to the ISS from US soil for the first time since 2011!

    The post Due to Weather Delay, NASA & SpaceX Push Historic Launch to Saturday appeared first on Universe Today.

  5. Even though Earthling scientists are studying Mars intently, it’s still a mysterious place. One of the striking things about Mars is all of the evidence, clearly visible on its surface, that it harbored liquid water. Now, all that water is gone, and in fact, liquid water couldn’t survive on the surface of the Red Planet. …

    The post Mars Doesn’t Have Much of a Magnetosphere, But Here’s a Map appeared first on Universe Today.

  6. For the child inside all of us space-enthusiasts, there might be nothing better than discovering a new type of explosion. (Except maybe bigger rockets.) And it looks like that’s what’s happened. Three objects discovered separately—one in 2016 and two in 2018—add up to a new type of supernova that astronomers are calling Fast Blue Optical …

    The post A New Kind of Supernova Explosion has been Discovered: Fast Blue Optical Transients appeared first on Universe Today.

  7. New technologies are being developed that will ensure astronauts have plenty of drinking water and food wherever resupply missions are not readily available

    The post How to Make the Food and Water Mars-Bound Astronauts Will Need for Their Mission appeared first on Universe Today.

  8. There is an Earth-sized planet only four light years from Earth. Whether it has life is yet to be known.

    The post Powerful Telescope Confirms There’s an Earth-Sized World Orbiting Proxima Centauri appeared first on Universe Today.

  9. One of the most striking features on Earth are the curious flows of lava as it cools, forming undulating ropes of rock known by the Hawaiian word pahoehoe. New research simulating conditions on Mars now reveals that the red planet has its own kind of pahoehoe…but made of mud. By and large, Mars is cold …

    The post On Mars, mud flows like lava appeared first on Universe Today.

  10. This week, European engineers hot-fire tested a fully 3D-printed thrust chamber that could one day power the upper stages for rockets. The chamber has just three parts, and was constructed using additive layer manufacturing, another name for 3D printing.   This hot-fire test lasted 30 seconds and was carried out on May 26, 2020 at …

    The post This Rocket Engine’s Thrust Chamber was 3D-printed and Only has Three Parts appeared first on Universe Today.

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