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Turbulent skies of nearby ‘failed star’ marked by thick cloud bands, Mike Wall,

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Bold banding may be a common feature of brown dwarf skies. Scientists have spotted evidence of Jupiter-like stripes in the thick atmosphere of a nearby brown dwarf, a new study reports — and this evidence was gathered in a novel way. Brown dwarfs are bigger than planets but not big enough to host fusion reactions in their interiors. For this …

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Pictures from space! Our image of the day, Staff,

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Space can be a wondrous place, and we’ve got the pictures to prove it! Take a look at our favorite pictures from space here, and if you’re wondering what happened today in space history don’t miss our On This Day in Space video show here! Full Flower Supermoon (Image credit: Kevin M. Gill/Flickr/CC BY 2.0) Thursday, May 7, 2020: The …

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On This Day in Space! May 7, 1992: Space shuttle Endeavour launches on maiden voyage, Hanneke Weitering,

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On May 7, 1992, the space shuttle Endeavour launched on its first flight. Endeavour was the fifth and last space shuttle that was ever built, and STS-49 was the first of 25 missions to fly on it. The purpose of this mission was to retrieve a satellite called Intelsat 603, which had failed to reach the right orbit after problems …

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Giant, scorching-hot alien planet has yellow skies, Mike Wall,

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We can now add atmospheric craziness to WASP-79b’s already substantial exotic appeal. The gas-giant exoplanet, which lies about 780 light-years from Earth, circles extremely close to its bright host star, completing one orbit every 3.7 Earth days. That proximity makes WASP-79b scorching hot, with an average temperature around 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,650 degrees Celsius), NASA officials said. All that heat …

Russia wants to land 3 next-generation Luna spacecraft on the moon by 2025, Meghan Bartels,

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Russia hasn’t been to the moon since 1976, but the country hopes to soon pick up where it left off. The nation has a suite of three moon missions planned for the first half of this decade, and Vladimir Kolmykov, head of the Lavochkin Scientific and Production Association, the segment of Russian space agency Roscosmos that oversees interplanetary robots, recently …

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Space calendar 2020: Rocket launches, sky events, missions & more!, Hanneke Weitering,

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LAST UPDATED May 6: These dates are subject to change, and will be updated throughout the year as firmer dates arise. Please DO NOT schedule travel based on a date you see here. Launch dates collected from NASA, ESA, Roscosmos, Spaceflight Now and others. Watch NASA webcasts and other live launch coverage on our “Watch Live” page, and see our …

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NASA space lasers track Earth’s disappearing ice sheets and sea-level rise, Chelsea Gohd,

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Using NASA space lasers, scientists have tracked how ice sheets in Greenland and the Antarctic have changed over the last 16 years, showing the drastic effects of climate change. The research relied on observations from NASA’s Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat), which launched in 2003, and its successor ICESat-2, which launched in 2018 as one of the most …

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Astrophysicist Katie Mack talks the end of the universe tonight! Here’s how to watch live., Mike Wall,

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Astrophysicist Katie Mack will talk about the end of the universe today (May 6), and you can follow the discussion live — and even ask her a question, if you’d like. Mack, an assistant professor at North Carolina State University and a popular science communicator, will participate in a webcast conversation this evening at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) hosted …

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US Space Force to launch the next X-37B space plane mystery mission on May 16, Mike Wall,

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The U.S. military’s mysterious X-37B space plane is just 10 days away from launching on its next mission. The X-37B is scheduled to lift off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 16, kicking off the sixth mission for the robotic vehicle, Space Force and Air Force officials announced today …