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Tesla’s referral program lets owners send laser-etched photos into space

Tesla has a referral program that provides its loyal owners who recommend the company's cars to others with rewards. The latest offer: Tesla will laser-etch a photo of the owner's choosing and shoot it into space.
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Who will be the first private passenger to the moon? SpaceX will tell us today

SpaceX is set to announce the name of the mystery passenger who it will launch into orbit around the moon. This will be the first lunar traveler since the last U.S. Apollo mission in 1972.
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Artificial intelligence discovers dozens of mysterious cosmic signals

Researchers used an A.I. system to discover unidentified fast radio bursts from a source some 3 billion light-years away. The fast radio bursts were picked from out from a data set that had already been analyzed by astronomers.
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Orbiting satellite offers a unique view of a recent rocket launch

Now here's a view of a rocket launch you probably weren't expecting. Showing last week's launch of a Chinese rocket, the extraordinary footage was captured from an orbiting satellite 332 miles up.
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Asteroid mining is almost reality. What to know about the gold rush in space

Mining resources from asteroids may sound like sci-fi, but it could be well on its way to becoming real science fact. Check out our beginner's guide to all things space rock-drilling.
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Japan preps first test for its awesome ‘space elevator’

Japan is preparing to carry out the first test in space for a so-called “space elevator” that could one day transport people and cargo to orbiting stations way above Earth, at a fraction of the cost of rocket launches.
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Tennis on the International Space Station is as weird as it sounds

Four astronauts made history this week by playing the first-ever game of tennis in space. Granted, it was with a squishy ball and tiny rackets, but it was still tennis ... sort of.
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Want a future-proof degree? Head to Colorado for asteroid mining

Want to get in on the ground floor of an exciting new discipline? The Colorado School of Mines is ready to help with the world's first degree course to cover space resources and asteroid mining.
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The world’s biggest plane now has some rockets to launch

Stratolaunch, the commercial space company led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has unveiled a set of rocket-powered launch vehicles that will one day travel with the world's largest airplane to send satellites into space.
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Science says waste beer could help us live on Mars

Scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a new super-insulating gel, created from beer waste, which could one day be used for building greenhouse-like habitats on Mars.
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Omega Centauri hosts 10 million stars and probably not an ounce of life

Omega Centauri is about 16,000 light years away, making it visible to the naked eye. And it contains some 10 million stars, making it the largest globular cluster in the Milky Way. But it probably doesn't have an ounce of life.
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Spacesuit-inspired streetwear collection celebrates NASA’s 60th birthday

Streetwear designer Heron Preston celebrated NASA's 60th birthday by releasing a line of spacesuit-inspired streetwear, including hoodies, jackets, pants, hats, belts, socks, and a backpack.
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Astronomers finally confirm general relativity around a supermassive black hole

For the first time, astronomers have confirmed Einstein’s century-old theory of general relativity in action near a black hole. An international team has observed gravitational redshift around a supermassive black hole.
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Winners of NASA’s habitat competition offer a glimpse of Martian living

To get a better understanding of what habitats might look like on Mars, NASA partnered with Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois for its 3D-Printed Habitat Centennial Challenge competition.
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TESS, NASA’s planet-hunting space satellite, begins science operations

NASA's exoplanet-hunting satellite TESS is fully operational and has begun scanning the skies for distant planets, NASA reported on Friday -- and maybe, just maybe, spying signs of life outside of our galaxy.
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Mars is as near to Earth as it’s been in 15 years, so Hubble took some photos

For the past 28 years, the Hubble Space Telescope has captured some of the most iconic images of outer space. Now, as Mars and Saturn swung by Earth in recent months, the telescope snapped more beautiful images to add to the collection.
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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.