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NASA has decided to retire the spacecraft within its current, safe orbit, away from Earth. The NASA Exoplanet Archive is an online astronomical exoplanet catalog and data service that collects and serves public data that support the search for and characterization of extra-solar planets and their host stars. compiles news, articles and information from thirty-three news sources on astronomy, astrobiology, space and planetary exploration, and other related topics, with an archive of more than 30,000 articles. Your breaking news site on astronomy, astrobiology and space exploration, with articles and information on astronomy.

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A giant galaxy seen when the Universe was only 780 million years old, has been found to contain water and carbon dioxide. The new research comprises the most detailed study of molecular gas content of a galaxy in the early Universe to date and the most distant detection of H20 in a regular star-forming galaxy. In addition to directing future research and hardware, the current Survey suggests it’s time to rethink the funding system, primarily involving the NSF.

Author and NASA consultant Rod Pyle has written a lot about the history of space exploration, but this book is a masterpiece. Pyle writes about the mission scientists and the emotions felt as they witnessed the first ever landing on the Red Planet. This book not only illustrates the brightest moments from different Mars missions, but also talks about failures and lost spacecraft, spelling out the history of our species’ curiosity with Mars and explorations of its surface.

Work on the ISS has been delayed 18 months due to Russian financial difficulties. The first commercial high-resolution imaging satellite it due to launch tomorrow. Launching on a Lockheed Martin Athena II four-stage booster, the IKONOS will be capable of resolving images down to 1 square meter. With its polar orbit, the IKONOS will revisit the same territory every 3 days.

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They’ll lift unwieldy weights and practice slam dunks, enjoy live music, taste traditional astro-fare like tang and freeze-dried ice cream alongside world cuisines. To accommodate such a jaunt, the Sacramento start-up Orbital Assembly Corporation has announced plans to open a space hotel by 2027. As the first of its kind, Voyager Station is slated to be a luxury resort designed to accommodate 280 guests and 112 crew members, complete with a restaurant, a bar, a concert hall, a gym and even a cinema. The United States will send a crewed mission to the Moon «no earlier than 2025,» NASA chief Bill Nelson told reporters on Tuesday, officially pushing back the launch by at least a year. A new technique developed in part by University of Hawaiʻi astronomer Nader Haghighipour has allowed scientists to quickly detect a transiting planet with two suns. The leading scientific social networking website and producer of educational virtual events and webinars.

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A private space plane is slated to fly on its own for the first time in the next six to eight weeks, a key drop-test milestone in the vehicle’s quest to fly astronauts on roundtrip space missions. Dr. David Brown, 46, a Navy captain and medical doctor who grew up in Virginia and was making his first space shuttle flight. Flight engineer Kalpana Chawla, 40, an Indian-born engineer who was making her second space shuttle flight. ‘Celestis is pleased to offer our first-ever Voyager deep space memorial spaceflight aboard the Sunjammer mission,’ said Celestis CEO Charles Chafer. NASA is keen to infuse solar sail technology into other potential game-changing mission capabilities.

When destabilized, cloud fragments can collapse under the influence of gravity, to form a protostar. A sufficiently dense, and hot, core region will trigger nuclear fusion, thus creating a main-sequence star. Kinematic studies of matter in the Milky Way and other galaxies have demonstrated that there is more mass than can be accounted for by visible matter. A dark matter halo appears to dominate the mass, although the nature of this dark matter remains undetermined.

The stylish black and white design looks good during the day, then at night the stars glow in the dark. Cosmic rays are a surprisingly «down to Earth» form of space weather. They can seed clouds, trigger lightning, and penetrate commercial airplanes. According to a study from the Harvard T.H. Chan school of public health, crews of aircraft have higher rates of cancer than the general population. The researchers listed cosmic rays, irregular sleep habits, and chemical contaminants as leading risk factors. Somewhat more controversial studies (#1, #2, #3, #4) llink cosmic rays with cardiac arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death.