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Climate change: Rain melting Greenland ice sheet ‘even in winter’

Image copyright Joseph Cook Picture caption After it rains the surface darkens, which accelerates the melting Rain is becoming more frequent in Greenland and is accelerating the melting of its ice, a new study has found. Scientists say they are "surprised" to discover the rain that falls during the long arctic winter. The massive Greenland ice sheet is observed closely …

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Russia’s passive-aggressive reaction to SpaceX may mask a deeper truth

Enlarge / With the tip of the open nose, Dragon reveals the docking mechanism as he approaches the station's Harmony module. NASA One of the big questions related to the first launch of SpaceX's spacecraft Crew Dragon was the reaction of the Russians. They have had a major influence in the International Space Station partnership by controlling access to the …

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Chances for life expand when passing stars push binaries together

A NASA chart showing a planet of terrestrial dimensions inside, inside and outside habitable area around a star. Credit: NASA Planetary systems can be difficult environments in their previous history. The young worlds orbit in stellar kindergartens, groups of stars in which violent encounters are the order of the day. None of this makes it easy for life to move …

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NASA teams with Google to create huge, stunning visual universe

Google Arts / NASA NASA collaborated with Google's Internet search to produce an extraordinary visual history of American space history, dating back over a century. The visual universe of NASA was created through machine learning, which analyzed the vast archives of the space agency to present its images in an astonishing constellation. By drilling down into large archives, you can …

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Nasa InSight probe: Mars ‘mole’ hits blockage in its burrow

Image copyright NASA / JPL-CALTECH Picture caption HP3 is a German-led experiment on the Nasa Mars lander The efforts of the Insight probe to dig beneath the surface of Mars seem to have hit some stony obstructions. The "mole" HP3 of the US space agency lander was designed to excavate up to 5 m in the ground and began digging …

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