Mysterious dark streaks on Mars were actually made by BOILING water

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Here’s something you’d never expect to happen in a place with average temperatures of -67 degrees Fahrenheit — Mars’ flowing water is boiling!

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This small, dim star could be our best bet of finding extraterrestrial life

Artist’s impression of the view from the surface of a planet orbiting TRAPPIST-1. Image: ESO/M. Kornmesser

It’s a paradigm shift.

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The prodigal son returns: tailless comet from Earth’s distant past might hold primordial secrets

Artist impression of the first rocky object found in the Oort cloud.

A rocky body that’s neither exactly a comet nor an asteroid, may hold some interesting clues about how the planets in the solar system formed, including Earth. The tailless so-called Manx comet, named so after a breed of cats without tails, originates from the Oort cloud — a shell of icy objects that exist in the outermost reaches of the solar system. Although it’s more than a trillion miles away, this Manx comet is likely made of the same stuff that eventually coalesced to form Venus, Mars or even Earth.

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SpaceX wants to send a Red Dragon to Mars as early as 2018

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All aboard the hype train!

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British Astronaut runs London Marathon from space

Tim Peake running the London Marathon aboard the ISS, as shown by the European Space Agency.

British astronaut Tim Peake ran the London Marathon on a treadmill aboard the International Space Station.

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NASA reveals two new spectacular photos of Ceres

A false-color image of Haulani Crater shows evidence of recent landslides. NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

NASA released a new set of images of Ceres – and they’re a sight to behold.f

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Take me to Mars: NASA signs $67M contract for new solar electric propulsion engine

Advanced solar electric propulsion will be needed for future human expeditions into deep space, including to Mars. Shown here is a 13-kilowatt Hall thruster being evaluated at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Hall thrusters trap electrons in a magnetic field and use them to ionize the onboard propellant. It uses 10 times less propellant than equivalent chemical rockets.

A company called Aerojet Rocketdyne has won a $67 million contract from NASA to design and develop an advanced electric propulsion system that could power complex missions to asteroids and even to Mars.

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Designer Oscar Lhermitte brings the moon to your fingertips

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You can’t get any more lunar than this without leaving the planet.

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Lonely planet found in a family of stars

A young, free-floating world sits alone in space in this illustration. The object, called WISEA J114724.10?204021.3, is thought to be an exceptionally low-mass "brown dwarf," which is a star that lacked enough mass to burn nuclear fuel and glow like a star. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA astronauts have discovered a lonely planetary-like mass floating on its own, without a solar system. Imagine a galaxy, riddled with countless solar systems. Then zoom in slowly on a solar system – how do you picture it? There’s probably a star at the center, and several planets around it. That’s generally where we feel planets should be, rotating around

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Mammalian embryos develop in space for the first time

Mouse two-cell embryos on Earth before launch (left), and after 4 days in space already developed into blastocysts (right). Credit: Chinese Academy of Sciences

There’s confidence that reproducing in space is indeed possible, based on previous research. The most recent experiment made by Chinese scientists, for instance, proved that mammalian embryos can develop in microgravity.

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