Astronauts found to destroy 54 percent more red blood cells in space

New research has found that during a six-month stay on the International Space Station, astronauts were destroying 3 million red blood cells every second. That's 54 percent more than the 2 million our bodies destroy and replace every second on Earth.

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Reusable scramjet launch system to pave way for hypersonic airliners

Hypersonix Launch Systems is looking to make the delivery of satellites into orbit cheaper, more accessible, and greener by developing a reusable launch system powered by green hydrogen – and is eyeing off hypersonic airliners further down the line.

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Largest-ever 3D map of the universe reveals gigantic cosmic web

Data from DESI's first survey run has produced the largest and most detailed 3D map of the universe so far. The stunning image reveals the gigantic cosmic web of galaxies across billions of light-years – and the project is only just beginning.

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China’s Chang’E-5 lander finds first onsite evidence of water on the Moon

Data from China's Chang'E-5 lunar lander analyzed by an international team led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences shows that the robotic spacecraft has, for the first time, detected traces of water in the rocks and regolith on the Moon's surface.

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Extra fuel may keep James Webb Space Telescope going for over a decade

The James Webb Space Telescope hasn't even finished unfurling itself after its December 25 launch and NASA says that its mission could already be extended beyond 10 years thanks to excess fuel for its onboard thrusters.

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James Webb Space Telescope rockets into history

One of the most ambitious space projects since the Apollo era roared into space today as NASA's long-delayed James Webb Space Telescope lifted off at 7:20 am EST atop an Ariane 5 rocket from ESA's Centre Spatial Guyanais in French Guiana.

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MIT-designed “flying saucer” may one day hover its way across the Moon

Although we may think of flying saucers as craft used by aliens in movies, MIT scientists are now proposing utilizing one of their own to explore the Moon. The vehicle would hover above the lunar surface via the force of electrostatic repulsion.

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The best space photos of 2021: Sparkling starfields to majestic nebula

The endless expanse of space is a beautiful and fascinating subject for photography. From the dramatic births and deaths of stars, to galactic glamor shots and planetary close-ups, here are some of the most breathtaking space photos of 2021.

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NASA probe “touches the Sun” with historic entry into solar atmosphere

After setting off back in 2018 on a history-making mission to study the Sun by getting up close and personal with its atmosphere, NASA's Solar Parker Probe has finally entered this region area for the first time.

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