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Astronomers believe the young Milky Way once swallowed a dwarf galaxy

Sponsored Links MARIANA SUAREZ via Getty Images Astronomers believe they’ve mapped an important sequence of events that shaped our galaxy 10 billion years ago. In a paper published in Nature Astronomy today, researchers from the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) share their findings that a dwarf galaxy, Gaia-Enceladus, once collided and merged with the …

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Neil Armstrong’s Buzz Aldrin photo is unparalleled in art

Sponsored Links Few would deny that Neil Armstrong’s shot of fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin is one of the most famous and compelling photos ever taken. What makes it so iconic? Of course, he had access to a place that only 11 other human beings have been, but there’s more to it than that. The photo …

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How HoloLens is helping advance the science of spaceflight

AR headsets haven’t exactly caught on with the general public — especially after the Google Glass debacle. Mixed reality technology has garnered a sizable amount of interest in a variety of professional industries, though, from medicine and education to design and engineering. Since 2015, the technology has even made its way into aerospace where NASA …

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SpaceX shows off a highlight reel of Crew Dragon parachute tests

As SpaceX continues its progress toward a Demo-2 launch of its Crew Dragon spacecraft with NASA astronauts aboard the company put together this reel of parachute tests. According to the tag, “SpaceX is returning human spaceflight capabilities to the United States with one of the safest, most advanced systems ever built.” I didn’t spot a …

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Hulu will add NASA TV to its lineup of live channels

Sponsored Links Handout . / Reuters Just ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, you’ll have another way to tune into NASA TV’s live stream. Hulu will carry the feed on its live TV service as of July 19th, and a selection of video-on-demand material will arrive on the platform this …

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SpaceX blames Crew Dragon explosion on an oxidizer leak

Sponsored Links NASA/Handout via Reuters Months after the incident, SpaceX has an explanation for why its Crew Dragon capsule was destroyed during a test. The private spaceflight firm has determined that a “leaking component” allowed liquid oxidizer (specifically nitrogen tetroxide) to enter high-pressure helium tubes during ground processing. When some of this oxidizer was sent …

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Watch India launch a historic Moon mission starting at 5PM ET

Sponsored Links Pallava Bagla/Corbis via Getty Images India is on the cusp of making space exploration history in more ways than one, and you might get to watch it first-hand. ISRO is livestreaming the launch of Chandrayaan-2, its second uncrewed mission to the Moon, starting at 5PM Eastern (liftoff is expected at 5:21PM Eastern). The …

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NASA fights to keep the Voyager probes running after four decades

Sponsored Links NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s Voyager probes are still out there, exploring interstellar space 42 years after they left our planet. To keep them running all these years with generators that are 40 percent less powerful than they were decades ago — and which are producing less and less energy over time — the agency had …

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SpaceX’s Starhopper will undergo hover test next week

Sponsored Links SpaceX Next week will see the latest test of SpaceX’s Starhopper spacecraft, the test vehicle for the Starship project which aims to create a resuable long-duration spacecraft for carrying passengers and cargo into space. SpaceX hopes to begin commercial launches using the Starship by 2021. The Starhopper has already undergone two previous hop …

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