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Enceladus Contains Free Hydrogen That May Be Able To Sustain Life

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At NASA headquarters today, members of the Cassini Team announced that Enceladus contains free hydrogen, an important element that can be metabolized by microscopic organisms to produce energy. This free molecular hydrogen is being produced by chemical reactions happening at Enceladus’ ocean floor, in which minerals react with hot water to produce new minerals and free hydrogen. This makes Enceladus, a …

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Peggy Whitson’s ISS Mission Extended

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NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is already set to break the U.S. record for cumulative time in space currently held by Jeff Williams. Now her mission will be extended by three months in the wake of Roscosmos’ decision to temporarily reduce the Soyuz crew complement to two cosmonauts. Instead of returning to Earth with Expedition 51 crewmates Oleg Novitsky of Roscosmos …

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Cassini Grand Finale Set To Begin Later This Month

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Cassini has had an impressive journey since its launch in 1997. During its journey to Saturn, it made two Venus flybys and an Earth-Moon flyby, and then swung by Jupiter. Cassini didn’t even wait to go into orbit around Saturn before beginning observations that led to the discovery of two new moons and some initial close-ups of Saturn’s storms. Now …

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Things heating up for SpaceX Falcon 9 booster reflight!

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Assuming all goes according to plan, this week will mark a significant milestone, both for SpaceX and for the future of spaceflight. With static fire scheduled to take place today at the historic Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Centre, final preparations are being made for an incredible feat of engineering: The maiden flight of the world’s first reused orbital …

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Trump Aims To Cancel Europa Lander and Asteroid Redirect Mission

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Trump has unveiled his first federal budget. The public may have heard by now that this budget includes cuts to domestic programs, arts and sciences, including cuts to Earth science projects being managed by NASA. The good news is that many space exploration projects such as the Europa Clipper may still continue under NASA’s proposed $19.1 billion dollar budget. The …

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Europa Clipper Is The New Name Of The Next Probe Going To Jupiter

Europa may have all the raw materials to support life, but its proximity to Jupiter may make colonization tricky. Image credit Inquisitr

NASA has announced that the mission to Europa that will be launched in the 2020s will be formally named Europa Clipper. This name has already been informally used by employees working on the project and was inspired by a fast type of merchant ship known as clippers, which were traditionally used to swiftly ship products such as tea across oceans. …

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Could Fast Radio Bursts Be Created By Aliens?

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Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are mysterious short bursts of radio waves that were first detected a decade ago. Less than a couple of dozen FRBs have been detected since their discovery in 2007. There could actually be hundreds of detectable FRBs occurring daily, but actually discovering them is made difficult by their super-short duration of only a millisecond. Astronomers are …

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Congress Confirms NASA Mandate To Send Humans To Mars In Early 2030s

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Congress has passed a NASA Authorization Act for the first time in six years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017, formally known as S.442. Besides setting this year’s NASA budget at $19.508 billion, this authorization confirms projects and goals that NASA is already working on, such as the Journey to Mars. Although President Trump …

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