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  1. A team of NASA scientists recently developed a series of machine learning algorithms that could help the Europa Clipper find life beyond Earth!

    The post AI Could Help the Europa Clipper Mission Make All Kinds of Discoveries! appeared first on Universe Today.

  2. On August 19th, 2019, NASA announced that their Europa Clipper mission has been approved to move to the next phase of the mission, progressing to the final design stage. Mars is the place that most of our spacecraft, landers and rovers are studying, searching for any evidence that life ever existed somewhere else in the …

    The post Exploring The Icy Moons of Jupiter. NASA’s Europa Clipper and ESA’s JUICE appeared first on Universe Today.

  3. The ExoMars 2020 mission hit another snag recently when a high-altitude parachute test resulted in damage again to one of the mission's parachute canopies.

    The post ExoMars Parachute Test Fails, for the Second Time appeared first on Universe Today.

  4. This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by me at the CosmoQuest blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #625 And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you’ve got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. Just email an entry to , and …

    The post Carnival of Space #625 appeared first on Universe Today.

  5. The eerie, hellish glow coming from the Moon may seem unreal in this image, since it’s invisible to our eyes. But instruments that detect gamma rays tell us it’s real. More than just a grainy, red picture, it’s a vivid reminder that there’s more going on than meets human eyes. It’s also a reminder that …

    The post When it Comes to Gamma Radiation, the Moon is Actually Brighter Than the Sun appeared first on Universe Today.

  6. On Tuesday, July 30th, NASA announced 19 different partnerships with 13 different companies to use their expertise to help them develop space technologies, from advanced communications systems to new methods of entry, descent and landing. Instead of contracting out specific projects, NASA will make its employees, facilities, hardware and software available to these companies, for …

    The post Why Build Big Rockets at All? It’s Time for Orbital Refueling appeared first on Universe Today.

  7. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission spent two years at the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. At the end of September 2016, its mission was ended when the spacecraft was sent on a collision course into the comet. During its time at comet 67P, it captured a vast amount of images. The ESA made all those images …

    The post An Astrophotographer Noticed a Chunk of Ice Orbiting Comet 67P in Rosetta’s Photos appeared first on Universe Today.

  8. What, exactly, is the inside of a neutron star like? A neutron star is what remains after a massive star goes supernova. It’s a tightly-packed, ultra-dense body made of—you guessed it—neutrons. Actually, that’s not absolutely true. Mathematical models show that neutron stars are made up of layers, and in those layers there are things other …

    The post Neutron Star Suffers a “Glitch”, Gives Astronomers a Glimpse Into How They Work appeared first on Universe Today.

  9. CEO Peter Beck of Rocket Lab recently announced that his company will begin retrieving the first stage of its Electron rocket with a helicopter.

    The post Rocket Lab is Going to try to Re-use its First Stage Booster, Catching it in Mid-air With a Helicopter appeared first on Universe Today.

  10. Even though the black hole at the center of the Milky Way is a monster, it’s still rather quiet. Called Sagittarius A*, it’s about 4.6 million times more massive than our Sun. Usually, it’s a brooding behemoth. But scientists observing Sgr. A* with the Keck Telescope just watched as its brightness bloomed to over 75 …

    The post Milky Way’s Black Hole Just Flared, Growing 75 Times as Bright for a Few Hours appeared first on Universe Today.

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