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NASA releases unprecedented new maps of Antarctica from satellite data

A new satellite that measures the elevation of Earth's ever-changing characteristics has begun to map our planet with unprecedented detail. The Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) is barely three months in its mission, but has already collected data on remote ice caps, forest sheds and previously unmapped areas of the 39; Antarctica. This information will be essential to …

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NASA’s InSight Takes Its First Selfie

NASA's InSight lander is not shy about the camera. The spaceship he used a camera on his robotic arm to make his first selfie – a mosaic made up of 11 images. This is the same imaging process used by NASA's Curiosity rover mission, in which many overlapping images were taken and subsequently re-stitched together. Visible in the selfie are …

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Space station astronauts on a spacewalk to investigate mystery hole

Tuesday, two Russian cosmonauts are spending about six hours in space, working to solve the mystery of who or what made a hole in the Soyuz spacecraft. In August, the astronauts noticed a slight drop in pressure on the International Space Station. Although not an immediate risk, they studied and found a hole inside the Soyuz housing module, which is …

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Subterranean biosphere contains billions of tonnes of life

Hi Nature readers, this is the news that matters today in science. You can also sign up to get it for free in your inbox. Voyager 2 was launched in 1977 and then joined in space by its twin, Voyager 1. Credit: NASA After 41 years Exploration of the Solar System, NASA's Voyager 2 crossed interstellar space, navigating beyond the …

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Spacewalking astronauts check site of capsule leak

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – Spaceship astronauts ripped through the thick isolation of a capsule docked at the International Space Station Tuesday, looking for clues to a mysterious perforated hole that leaked precious cabin air four months ago. Space station staff patched up the small hole in the Soyuz capsule last August, using epoxy resin and gauze. Russian space officials …

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NASA releases audio of the first sound ever recorded on Mars

Take your headphones and get ready to be wiped out. NASA just announced that it heard the first "sound" of the wind on Mars. But if you're waiting for screaming, swooshes and rattles, you're surprised. These are vibrations, captured by NASA's InSight lander, which touched the red planet just last week. The vessel will remain in service until November 24, …

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NASA makes amazing discovery on asteroid Bennu

This image consisting of 12 PolyCam images collected on December 2, 2018 and provided by NASA shows the asteroid Bennu. (NASA / Goddard / University of Arizona via AP) Scientists have made a fascinating discovery on the asteroid Bennu thanks to NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe. Data recently analyzed by the spacecraft have identified the water trapped inside the asteroid clay, the …

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