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Dragon Will Deliver Rodents for Muscle Study

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The SpaceX Dragon CRS-8 mission will deliver 6,900 pounds/3,130 kilograms of science, crew supplies and hardware to the International Space Station. Payloads aboard Dragon will include rodents for a medical study and an expandable module that will be installed after Dragon completes its two-day trip to the station. The SpaceX Dragon, on its CRS-5 mission,

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Astronomers discover white dwarf with an oxygen atmosphere

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A team of astronomers led by Dr. Kepler de Souza Oliveira Filho from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, have discovered a white dwarf star with an atmosphere dominated by oxygen — a type of white dwarf that has been theorised to exist but not identified to date. The finding could challenge

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NASA Celebrates 25 Years of Breakthrough Gamma-ray Science

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Andromeda Galaxy’s first spinning neutron star found

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Andromeda, or M31, is a popular target among astronomers. Under clear, dark skies it is even visible to the naked eye. Its proximity and similarity in structure to our own spiral galaxy, the Milky Way, make it an important natural laboratory for astronomers. It has been extensively studied for decades by telescopes covering the whole

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NASA to Host Human Exploration Rover Challenge

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Media are invited to watch as almost 80 teams from the United States, Italy, Germany, India, Mexico, Colombia and Russia, as well as Puerto Rico, compete in NASA’s annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge, April 8-9 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The Greenfield Central High School Rover Team from Greenfield, Indiana,

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NASA Awards Spacecraft Avionics Development Contract

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NASA has selected The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to provide development and operations support for the avionics software suite that will guide the agency’s next generation of human rated spacecraft on missions beyond low-Earth orbit. The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc. of Cambridge The $38.7 million cost-plus-fixed-fee/firm-fixed-price contract known as the

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NASA’s Spitzer Maps Climate Patterns on a Super-Earth

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Observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have led to the first temperature map of a super-Earth planet — a rocky planet nearly two times as big as ours. The map reveals extreme temperature swings from one side of the planet to the other, and hints that a possible reason for this is the presence of

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NASA’s ‘Spaceport of the Future’ Reaches Another Milestone

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NASA has completed a major milestone on its journey to Mars and is ready to begin another phase of work on its spaceport of the future, where the next generation of astronauts will launch to Mars and other deep-space destinations. The agency recently wrapped up a comprehensive and successful review of plans for the facilities

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See comet 252P emerge in the UK predawn sky

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When 252P/LINEAR passed just 14 lunar distances from Earth on the afternoon of Monday, 21 March, the comet was close to the south celestial pole and unobservable from the British Isles. At closest approach, 252P/LINEAR galloped across the Southern Hemisphere sky at a rate of almost ten degrees per day. As the comet recedes from

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