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Artist rendition of Bartolomeo platform on the International Space Station.

Airbus to Host Mynaric Lasercom Demonstration on ISS Bartolomeo Platform

Artist rendition of Bartolomeo platform on the International Space Station. Photo: Airbus A new deal between Mynaric and Airbus US Space & Defense will test Mynaric’s laser communication terminal on the International Space Station. Mynaric will be a customer on the Airbus-operated Bartolomeo Platform, a payload hosting facility attached to the European Space Agency’s (ESA) …

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Scientists grow plants in lunar dirt, next stop moon

Scientists grow plants in lunar dirt, next stop moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time, scientists have grown plants in soil from the moon collected by NASA’s Apollo astronauts. Researchers had no idea if anything would sprout in the harsh moon dirt and wanted to see if it could be used to grow food by the next generation of lunar explorers. …

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International Space Station to make several great passes over Tampa Bay

International Space Station to make several great passes over Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The International Space Station’s orbit around Earth will bring it over the Tampa Bay area for several great passes in the coming days. The first flyover is a brief one happening Thursday night. According to NASA, the space station will be visible for about four minutes at 9:02 pm To see …

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1st image of our galaxy's 'black hole heart' unveiled

1st image of our galaxy’s ‘black hole heart’ unveiled

Astronomers have captured the first ever image of the colossal black hole at the center of our galaxy, providing the first direct evidence of the cosmic giant’s existence. Located 26,000 light-years away, Sagittarius A* is a gargantuan tear in space-time that is four million times the mass of our sun and 40 million miles (60 …

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Supermassive black hole at center of Milky Way seen for first time | Space

An image of the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way has been captured, giving the first direct glimpse of the “gentle giant” at the center of our galaxy. The black hole itself, known as Sagittarius A*, cannot be seen because no light or matter can escape its gravitational grip. But its …

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Mars sample return: Could Red Planet life contaminate Earth?

Mars sample return: Could Red Planet life contaminate Earth?

Conceptual drawing of a Mars Sample Retrieval Lander. (Image credit: NASA) The robotic return of pristine samples from the surface of Mars has been a holy grail goal of Red Planet investigators for many, many years. Over that time, strategies for returning March collectibles have ranged from “grab and go” acquisition from the surface to …

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Haunting audio from a black hole allows humans to hear the sounds of space 240 million light-years away

Haunting audio from a black hole allows humans to hear the sounds of space 240 million light-years away

Is there sound in space? New audio released from NASA provides some insight – and the answer is haunting. The audio, released on May 4, is that of a black hole from the center of the Perseus galaxy cluster, a massive space structure that’s 11 million light-years across and located about 240 million light-years away …

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Early-universe black holes produced winds so powerful they slowed their own growth

Early-universe black holes produced winds so powerful they slowed their own growth

Supermassive black holes in the early cosmos huffed and puffed so powerfully that they blew their own food away, slowing their growth and giving their host galaxies time to evolve. That’s the new and unexpected finding of a new paper published Thursday in the journal Nature. A team of researchers led by scientists at the …

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