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Aerospace giant Northrop Grumman will acquire Orbital ATK for approximately $9.2 billion, in a deal the companies announced Monday and they say will “expand capability” is largely “complementary” and involves “little overlap.”

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Author: Ken Kremer
Posted: September 20, 2017, 2:12 am

A new study by an international team of scientists takes a look at Venus' mysterious night side, which revealed some unexpected atmospheric phenomena

The post Venus Express Probe Reveals the Planet’s Mysterious Night Side appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Matt Williams
Posted: September 19, 2017, 9:21 pm

This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Brad Rogers at The Evolving Planet blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #527. And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you’ve got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. Just email an […]

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Author: Susie Murph
Posted: September 19, 2017, 6:19 pm

A new study by scientists from the University of Texas at Austin has showed how Mars has changed geologically over the past few billion years as a result of water-based erosion

The post Study of Martian Sedimentary Layers Reveals More About the Planet’s Past appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Matt Williams
Posted: September 19, 2017, 4:48 am

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Concluding a month long stay at the International Space Station (ISS) a SpaceX Dragon cargo freighter loaded with some two tons of NASA research samples, hardware and micestonauts returned home to make a successful splashdown in the Pacific on Sunday, Sept. 17.

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Author: Ken Kremer
Posted: September 18, 2017, 6:43 pm

A new study by a team of astronomers from the UK and Switzerland explores how Planet 9 could have ended up on the outskirts of our Solar System

The post New Study Indicates that Planet 9 Likely Formed in the Solar System appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Matt Williams
Posted: September 17, 2017, 10:21 pm

TITUSVILLE/CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the KSC Visitor Complex and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station have reopened as of today and yesterday, respectively, in the aftermath of Cat 1 hurricane force winds from Hurricane Irma that lashed the Florida Space Coast on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Sept. 9/10/11) – forcing launch delays and leaving damaged and destroyed homes, buildings, infrastructure and launch viewing locations in its wake - see photos.

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Author: Ken Kremer
Posted: September 16, 2017, 9:45 pm

New observations of WASP-12b conducted with the Hubble Space Telescope reveal that the planet's sun-facing side "eats light".

The post Hubble Spots Pitch Black Hot Jupiter that “Eats Light” appeared first on Universe Today.

Author: Matt Williams
Posted: September 15, 2017, 6:30 pm

Until the very end, Cassini displayed just how robust and enduring this spacecraft has been throughout its entire 20 years in space and its 13-year mission at Saturn. As Cassini plummeted through the ringed-planet’s atmosphere, its thrusters fought the good fight to keep the antenna pointed at Earth for as long as possible, sending as […]

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Author: Nancy Atkinson
Posted: September 15, 2017, 1:14 pm

A study led by researchers from the ESO has discovered an extremely hot Jupiter-sized exoplanet that has titanium oxide in its atmosphere

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Author: Matt Williams
Posted: September 14, 2017, 8:56 pm