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SpaceX is dropping its original plans to propulsively ground land the advanced crewed version of their Dragon spacecraft planned for missions carrying astronauts returning from the International Space Station (ISS) - in a decision that potentially impacts future plans for Mars landings as well.

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Author: Ken Kremer
Posted: July 22, 2017, 2:37 am

The Kepler space observatory has made some interesting finds since it began its mission back in March of 2009. Even after the mission suffered the loss of two reaction wheels, it has continued to make discoveries as part of its K2 mission. All told, the Kepler and K2 missions have detected a total of 5,106 […]

The post Earth-Sized Planet Takes Just Four Hours to Orbit its Star appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Matt Williams
Posted: July 21, 2017, 7:21 pm

In a recently published paper, Dr. Duncan Forgan proposed that alien civilizations could create a "galactic internet" by using artificial transits to communicate.

The post Advanced Civilizations Could Build a Galactic Internet with Planetary Transits appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Matt Williams
Posted: July 20, 2017, 9:24 pm

Using data from the New Horizons spacecraft, the mission team has created some new maps of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon.

The post Hey Map Collectors, Here’s a New Map of Pluto! appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Matt Williams
Posted: July 19, 2017, 6:05 pm

Get ready for the August 21st total solar eclipse, with facts, maps and more!

The post One. More. Month: Our Guide to the Total Solar Eclipse appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: David Dickinson
Posted: July 19, 2017, 3:27 pm

It’s that time again! This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Pamela Hoffman at the Everyday Spacer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #518. And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to the past Carnivals of Space. If you’ve got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. […]

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Author: Susie Murph
Posted: July 19, 2017, 2:38 pm

According to a new study using data from the SDSS, ripples in the Milky Way's disk may be indications of "ancient impacts" with other galaxies.

The post Ancient Impacts Shaped the Structure of the Milky Way appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Matt Williams
Posted: July 18, 2017, 10:24 pm

A recent survey conducted by the Arecibo Observatory detected a strange radio signal coming from Ross 128, a star system just 11 light-year from Earth.

The post Strange Radio Signals Detected from a Nearby Star appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Matt Williams
Posted: July 18, 2017, 7:08 pm

Using data from the Sloan Digitial Sky Survey, an Indian team of astronomers has discovered one of the largest cosmic structures to date - the Saraswati Supercluster!

The post This is the One of the Largest Structures We Know of in the Universe appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Matt Williams
Posted: July 18, 2017, 4:46 pm

A new study from the University of Oxford has shown that long after humanity is gone, the tardigrade (aka. the "water bear") will still be living.

The post Long After Humanity is Gone and the Sun Dies, the Water Bears Will be There appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Matt Williams
Posted: July 17, 2017, 9:28 pm