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    • NASA's Insight touched down on Mars

      NASA's Insight touched down on Mars

      After traveling hundreds of millions of kilometers through space over the course of six months, and with the help of aerobraking, a parachute system and rocket engines, NASA's InSight landed safely Monday on the Martian surface, surviving the crucial “seven minutes of terror” to enter Mars' atmosphere, decelerate from an initial speed of 19,300 kmh down to just 8 kmh, and touch down. The breathtaking minutes-long landing was so intense that it was watched all around the world and even broadcast live on the Nasdaq Stock Market tower in New York City's Times Square.

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    • NASA says goodbye to Kepler planet-hunter

      NASA says goodbye to Kepler planet-hunter

      Ground controllers have beamed the final commands to NASA’s Kepler telescope, turning off the spacecraft’s transmitters and disabling the craft’s automatic recovery software after the planet-hunting observatory ran out of fuel last month and could no longer conduct science.

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    • NASA study raises grave concerns about deep space travel

      NASA study raises grave concerns about deep space travel

      When Elon Musk announced that SpaceX was going to start crewed missions to Mars in the 2020s, it was a cause for excitement and celebration. After all, in just a few short years, we'd all have the chance to become colonists on Mars. A recent study, however, shows that deep space travel might not be that much of a great idea for humans.

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    • NASA is set to 'touch the sun'

      NASA is set to 'touch the sun'

      NASA is set to launch a unique space mission this week that may revolutionise humans' understanding of the sun. Thanks to the cutting-edge thermal engineering advances, Agency's $1.5bn project Parker Solar Probe will fly through the sun's outermost atmosphere, known as the corona, becoming mankind's first-ever visit to our nearest star.

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    • NASA's new planet hunter is on

      NASA's new planet hunter is on

      NASA's newest planet-hunting satellite officially began its two-year science mission last Wednesday after 12 years of planning. Short for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, TESS even started gathering science data already and it will transit its first observations to Earth in August, thereafter periodically every 13.5 days, mission team members said in a statement.

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