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Nine-year-old boy gets closer to scoring NASA’s Planetary Protection gig than you ever will

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Unless you're a seasoned NASA engineer with knowledge of planetary protection protocols and the guidelines that astronauts and scientists much adhere to in order to prevent humanity from contaminating worlds (including our own), there's very little chance you have a shot at landing NASA's new Planetary Protection Officer position. That is, unless you're nine-year-old Jack Davis, who wrote to the agency with the hopes of scoring the job, and definitely did not get a denial.

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Mike Wehner

August 15th

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Hubble snaps gorgeous photo of a pint-sized galaxy

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Size is entirely relative, so to say that the galaxy named NGC 5949 is "small" is a bit of a joke, especially once you've gotten an eyeful of this truly stunning snapshot taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The swirling mass of gas, stars, and planets is larger than anything you could really imagine, but when compared to other galaxies — including our own relatively small Milky Way — it's downright adorable.

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Mike Wehner

August 11th

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The United States is going to miss out on an awesome sight in space on Monday night

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August is a big month for skywatchers in the US thanks to the highly anticipated total solar eclipse slated to occur on August 21st. It'll be quite a sight, provided clouds are at a minimum and you manage to look skyward at the right time, but those outside of North America won't get treated to the same show. But those of us lucky enough to be in a good position for the solar eclipse are going to miss out on an entirely different celestial sight this coming Monday night, when a lunar eclipse will give those in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia a reason to stare at the stars.

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Mike Wehner

August 5th

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Here’s what NASA’s new Planetary Protection Officer will actually do

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You've probably already heard about NASA's newest job opening. It carries a pretty impressive title, and being the official "Planetary Protection Officer" for US space program must be one heck of a responsibility, right? But what in the world does such a person actually do, and why is it so important that NASA is willing to throw as much as $187,000 at the person who wins the gig? Well, as with most things NASA does, it's complicated...

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Mike Wehner

August 3rd

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NASA puts $14M in funding towards soft robots, flash lidar and other research projects

 NASA has announced the latest beneficiaries of its Small Business Technology Transfer program, which solicits and funds small-scale research projects outside the agency but relevant to its interests. 19 projects in a variety of fields are being awarded a total of $14.3 million. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

August 1st

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First ‘exomoon’ may have just been spotted by the Kepler Space Telescope

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Astronomers around the world continue to spot new planets outside of our Solar System on a regular basis, and some of those worlds look like they just might be good candidates for life, but spotting moons that aren't in our immediate neighborhood is a far more difficult challenge. Now, researchers led by David Kipping of Columbia University think they might be the first to actually confirm the presence of a moon in a distant planetary system — an "exomoon" — and it's an extremely exciting discovery.

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Mike Wehner

July 29th

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We might be made of matter that didn’t originate in the Milky Way

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Ever wonder what you're made of? Is Earth, and by extension humanity, built of matter that collected here after the big bang, or are our origins much more complicated? Our little Solar System tucked away between the massive arms of the Milky Way galaxy might not have the origins that scientists have long assumed, and new research suggests that an untold amount of matter in our home galaxy might not have originated here at all.

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Mike Wehner

July 28th

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Sony’s a7S II stuns with 4K footage from outside the International Space Station

 Sony’s lineup of full-frame mirrorless cameras is impressive, and have become a staple for videographers and photographers worldwide. But now, the a7S II has gone beyond just our world, capturing amazing 4K footage from outside the International Space Station. The a7S II was mounted on the ISS on the KIBO Japanese Experiment Module created by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

July 27th

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First prototype of NASA’s deep space habitat will be made of recycled Space Shuttle parts

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Sending astronauts to Mars and beyond is something that's definitely on the minds of both NASA and other space agencies around the world, but before any scientific group can line up their budgets and make a real case for manned missions into deep space they need a feasible way to keep those travelers alive and well during their journey. In a newly-awarded contract with Lockheed Martin, NASA's very first deep space habitat will finally enter the prototyping stage, but not everything about the craft will be made from scratch. 

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Mike Wehner

July 26th

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There might be a whole bunch of water hiding inside the moon

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With how much attention humanity has devoted to studying Earth's moon over the centuries, you'd think we'd had a good handle on just about everything there is to know about our nearest neighbor. Some extremely interesting new research suggests that's simply not the case, and if the scientific team comprised of researchers from the University of Hawaii as well as Brown holds water, the moon might be a great deal more wet inside than previously thought.

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Mike Wehner

July 24th

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