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Moving around in zero gravity is hard. MIT’s solution? Spider-Man’s web shooter

Researchers from MIT have been researching ways for astronauts to easily move around in microgravity. One solution is that they can use Spider-Man-style web shooters to pull themselves around.
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Airbus to build Mars rover to get first soil samples back to Earth

Getting soil samples from Mars to Earth will give scientists a chance to learn a lot more about the red planet. A project to do this has taken a big step forward after Airbus agreed to build a rover to help retrieve the samples.
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MIT’s zero-gravity musical instrument provides a soundtrack for space travel

What will provide the soundtrack to our future space exploration? Quite possibly MIT's Telemetron, the first musical instrument to be designed specifically to be performed in zero gravity.
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Get your Sagan on with 60 awe-inspiring photos of the final frontier

Few things instill a sense of wonder quite like the final frontier. The best space photos show off the beauty of Earth, our solar system, and the far corners of the universe. Here are our current favorites.
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Oxford researchers think we’re probably alone in the universe — here’s why

While the universe is a big place, a new paper published by researchers at Oxford argues that there's a very good chance we're all alone in it. But that doesn't mean we should stop searching.
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NASA (again) delays launch of the world’s most powerful telescope

Now scheduled to launch in 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope will be the most powerful telescope in existence, replacing NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, capturing infrared light from the first galaxies of the ancient universe.
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Astronomers make huge exoplanet discovery haul in record time

An international group of scientists reported that dozens of planetary candidates have been identified by measuring light fluctuations using K2, the mission that followed up NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope.
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‘Zero gravity’ champagne bottle lets you celebrate in outer space

What kind of champagne do astronauts pop? No, it's not the setup for a joke, but the question answered by Mumm International with its new champagne, which is designed to be consumed in zero gravity.
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SpaceX nails another launch, but fails to catch the fairing

While SpaceX has a pretty good track record for recovering first-stage rocket boosters, it has yet to perfect the fairing recovery process. Catching a fairing (the "nose cone" of the rocket) is completely different than landing a booster.
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Stellina smart telescope on sale exclusively through Museum of Modern Art

While traditional telescopes can be difficult to use and install, Stellina offers up a simple, more user-friendly way to take a closer look at the heavens. This app-enabled telescope hopes to bring astronomy to the masses.
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International relations are tense in orbit. Is creating a ‘Space Force’ a good idea?

A standoff has been looming for last decade as Russia, the U.S., and China each struggle for dominance in space. But the next generation of weaponized military satellites is already in orbit.
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A.I. outperforms astronomers, predicts whether exoplanets will survive

Using machine learning algorithms, the researchers were able to calculate how well exoplanets could survive in stable orbits, outperforming a commonly used scientific equation.
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Engineers want to 3D print stuff in space using recycled astronaut poop

Researchers from Canada's University of Calgary have developed a way to use astronaut poop as a crucial ingredient for 3D printing in the stars. Coming soon to a Mars mission near you.
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Antarctic scientists are growing veggies without dirt, sunlight, or pesticides

Scientists in Antarctica have successfully grown the first crop of vegetables without the help of earth, daylight or pesticides. The results could help astronauts grow healthier food in space.
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A.I. spots thousands of unidentified craters on the moon

Thousands of previously unknown craters have been spotted on the moon thanks to an artificial intelligence program designed by researchers. The system may help scientists better understand the history of the solar system.
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Prolonged time in space literally changes the structure of astronauts’ eyes

Optometrists have analyzed the pre- and post-flight data from astronauts who spent time on the International Space Station. Their conclusion? Time in space changes the structure of your eyes.
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NASA releases first images of Jupiter’s bizarre geometric storms

Bizarre geometric storms circle a single massive cyclone on each of the Jupiter's poles. The storms measure several thousands miles across and reach wind speeds nearing 220 miles per hour.
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With 200,000 laser dots, this glass orb puts the Milky Way on your desk

Using thousands of individually lasered dots to represent stars, this awesome glass desk ornament compresses the entire Milky Way into an 8-cm sphere. Here's how to get hold of one.