Russia Just Launched a New Science Module to the Space Station

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Scott Alan Johnston

The International Space Station (ISS) is about to get a little bigger. On July 21, the Russian Space Agency launched…

A new Balloon-Based Observatory Could Produce Images as Fine as Hubble

Launching satellites is an expensive business - at least for now.  But satellites are necessary in astronomy for one major…

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Forget About Interstellar Flights. Tiny Light Sails Could be Used to Explore the Solar System Today

Solar sails have been receiving a lot of attention lately.  In part that is due to a series of high…

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The Moon has Been Mildly Preventing Coastal Erosion, in the 2030s, That Protection Ends

According to a new study, the Moon will be entering an orbital phase by the mid-2030s, which will drastically affect…

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Scientists Have a new way to Predict the Most Damaging Solar Storms

Space is full of hazards.  The Earth, and it’s atmosphere, does a great job of shielding us from most of…

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Micrometeorites Churn up the Surface of Europa. If you Want to Find Life, You’ll Need to dig Down a Meter or So

According to new research, impact craters caused by micrometeorites are the best place to look for evidence that life exists…

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Neutron Stars Have Mountains, They’re Just a Fraction of a Millimeter High

The universe has some very extreme places in it - and there are few places more extreme than the surface…

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Here are the First New Pictures From the Fully Operational Hubble

The astronomy community breathed a huge sigh of relief earlier this week when the Space Telescope Science Institute announced the…

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Ions Surf Through Jupiter’s Magnetic Field, Triggering its Auroras

Auroras come in many shapes and sizes.  Jupiter is well known for its spectacular complement of bright polar lights, which…

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This is the View From Juno During its Flyby of Ganymede and Jupiter

Visualizations shape how we perceive space exploration.  Whether it’s the Pale Blue Dot, the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, Earthrise, or…

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