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These Ancient Microbes Give a Glimpse of What Extraterrestrial Life Might Look Like

Will we discover simple life somewhere? Maybe on Enceladus or Europa in our Solar System, or further away on an exoplanet? As we get more proficient at exploring our Solar System and studying exoplanets, the prospect of finding some simple life is moving out of the creative realm of science fiction and into concrete mission planning. As the hopeful day ...

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NASA calls off spacewalk due to possible risk of space debris

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mission control in Houston informed the space station crew Tuesday afternoon that the spacewalk will be rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 2. STORY WRITTEN FOR  & USED WITH PERMISSION Two spacesuits inside the Quest airlock on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA A planned spacewalk outside the International Space Station by astronauts Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron was called off early ...

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It’s Time to Stop Doing Anti-Satellite Tests

Earlier this month, the Russian military conducted an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test, launching a PL19 Nudol interceptor missile at a now-defunct Soviet-era intelligence satellite, KOSMOS 1408. The impact obliterated the spacecraft, creating a debris field consisting of approximately 1500 pieces of trackable debris, and potentially hundreds of thousands of pieces that are too small to monitor with ground-based radar. In ...

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