HALO space habitat module passes preliminary design review

Northrop Grumman has announced that its Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) module has passed its preliminary design review. Part of NASA's Gateway deep space outpost, it will act as a way station for future missions to the Moon and beyond.

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Earth’s nearest miss on record as small asteroid zips by closer than ISS

Last week, the Earth had its closest shave with an asteroid ever recorded, when a small space rock skimmed just 370 km (230 miles) above the surface. For comparison, that’s closer than the orbit of the International Space Station.

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Asteroid’s drifting orbit may impact chance of 2068 collision with Earth

Asteroid Apophis has attracted its share of attention, with several projected close shaves with Earth in the coming decades. While most have been ruled out, a previously-overlooked factor has opened a small window for a possible collision in 2068.

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Crew-1 lifts off on historic International Space Station mission

History was made today as the US, after a nine-year hiatus, returned to regular crewed space flights from American soil to the International Space Station (ISS) with the launch of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Neutron star collision sheds new light on short gamma ray bursts

A short burst of gamma rays 5.47 billion light years from Earth caused by the collision of two neutron stars that put out more energy in a half-second than the Sun could in 10 billion years has revealed the truth about luminous infrared kilonova.

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Radio telescope detects a super-planet for the first time

Scientists in Europe and Hawaii have scored a world's first by detecting a "super-planet," also known as a cold brown dwarf, using a radio telescope. Located 212 light-years away, BDR J1750+3809 may help in the search for habitable exoplanets.

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Radiation bombardment from Jupiter makes Europa glow in the dark

Giving a new meaning to the word "moonshine," NASA scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, have concluded that Jupiter's moon Europa glows in the dark due to being constantly bombarded with high-energy radiation.

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Futuristic “Spaceport Japan” concept floated for Tokyo Bay

A serious-looking consortium of businesses is trying to position Japan as the first Asian space tourism hub, by proposing a futuristic, floating "Spaceport Japan" from which services like Virgin Galactic can operate their sub-orbital joyrides.

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NASA sends first commands to Voyager 2 in eight months

After almost eight months of silence, NASA has sent radio commands to the Voyager 2 spacecraft. On October 29, the DSS43 radio antenna in Australia sent a signal to the 43-year-old probe, which returned a confirmation signal.

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Smallest rogue planet discovered seems to be a free-floating exo-Earth

While almost every planet ever found orbits a star, there are some loners that roam the cosmos entirely on their own. Now astronomers have spotted the smallest of these “rogue planets” ever discovered, which is only the size of Earth or smaller.

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