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Watch 104 individual satellites achieve orbit and shatter a world record

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Earlier this week we told you about India's mission to deploy an absurd number of satellites from a single launch vehicle. Thankfully, the mission went off without a hitch, and the record-breaking payload was successfully placed in orbit by the Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO. But the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle that carried over 100 of the devices into space wasn't just carrying expensive gadgets, it was also equipped with a camera to document the deployment, and ISRO just published that video for us all to enjoy.

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Mike Wehner

February 17th

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Astronomers just found a piping hot ‘Super Earth’

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It wasn't that long ago that finding exoplanets — that is, worlds that exist outside of our own solar system — was a rare occurrence. Those days are gone, however, and we now know that there are actually plenty of stars that host one or more planets. With that increased awareness, researchers have been making huge leaps in exoplanet discovery, and a group of astronomers from around the world just announced that they've detected not one, not two, but 60 new planets orbiting nearby stars. One of those planets is of particular interest, as it's a lot like Earth, only hotter.

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Mike Wehner

February 15th

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104 new satellites are launching today to map every inch of your world

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Getting a single satellite into space can be difficult — as Japan recently demonstrated — so consider the logistics of India' s plan to send a record 104 satellites into orbit today, and try to keep your jaw from hitting the floor. The country's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle is scheduled to head skyward soon and, if it successfully completes its mission, it will absolutely crush the previous record for number of satellites launched in a single mission. 

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Mike Wehner

February 15th

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The Biggest Heart in the Solar System Has an Incredible Origin Story

Even if you’re feeling a bit lonely here on Earth today, there is one heart that belongs to you, way, way out there in the cosmic void. Sure, it’s three billion miles away on an icy, airless rock, but don’t let the details get you down.

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Rae Paoletta

February 14th

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Astronomers open massive database of stars to the public

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We already know that space is awesome, but if you're tired of the bright minds from places like MIT and NASA having all the fun, you can try your hand at spotting your very own exoplanets, and you won't even need a high-powered telescope to do so. A team of scientists from MIT and the Carnegie Institution for Science just released a massive collection of data gathered over the course of two decades using the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, allowing anyone and everyone the opportunity to study the data and make discoveries of their own.

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Mike Wehner

February 14th

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NASA reminds us that space is gorgeous with breathtaking new Hubble snapshot

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While you were sitting in your office this morning, sipping your half-milk soy latte, space was out there being awesome. It was there when you grabbed lunch at Chipotle, too, and again when you got stuck in traffic on your way home. Thankfully, the Hubble Space Telescope is out there, capturing ridiculously gorgeous shots like this one (full version) of a galaxy in the Andromeda constellation, so at least you can come home at night and enjoy some celestial eye candy while you binge on Netflix and drip Ben & Jerry's on your couch cushions.

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Mike Wehner

February 12th

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Feast your eyes on this gorgeous Hubble photo of a star dying

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Just like us, stars are born, live, and die, and while plenty of sci-fi movies have taken artistic liberties with their own depictions of stars dying, a new photo captured by the ever reliable Hubble Space Telescope shows what a star actually looks like while it's in the throws of death.

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Mike Wehner

February 4th

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Federal agents just discovered a major flaw in SpaceX’s rockets

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When you become one of the leading private space flight companies on the planet you can bet that the government is going to have a whole lot of interest in what you're up to. SpaceX is one of those companies, and after an investigation from the Government Accountability Office, it appears as though the firm's pricey Falcon 9 rockets aren't up to federal standards. In fact, the rockets may have a vulnerability that could lead to catastrophic failure under certain circumstances.

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Mike Wehner

February 3rd

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Scientists just discovered water on a planet you’ve never even heard of

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For the past couple of decades or so, humanity has been scraping in the dust and dirt on Mars for a number of different scientific reasons, including the ever illusive search for water on the distant planet. Now, researchers have found water on a planet that's not our own, but it's not on Mars, either. In fact, the planet that scientists found water on isn't even in our solar system, and it's so far away that we may never actually visit it at all. It's called 51 Pegasi B, and it's a whopping 50 light years away.

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Mike Wehner

February 3rd

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Bus-sized asteroid will whiz by Earth today, coming closer than the Moon

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Earth-ending apocalypse movies always start with sky-gazers spotting an astroid that nobody knew about until it was too late. If the speedy space rock called 2017 BS32 was just 100,000 miles closer to our planet than it is, we'd have been in for an interesting afternoon, but thankfully the bus-sized body will just cruise by our planet instead of causing us any headache. What's potentially worrisome, however, is that scientists only just spotted the rock, and it's now the fourth asteroid to come within sniffing distance of our planet so far this year.

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Mike Wehner

February 2nd

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