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A new study led by Japanese researchers indicates that Pluto could have a subsurface ocean, provided there is an "insulating layer" beneath the ice.

The post An Insulating Layer of Gas Could Keep a Liquid Ocean Inside Pluto appeared first on Universe Today.

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Scientists at the University of Munster have discovered that Earth got its water from a collision with Theia. Theia was the ancient body that collided with Earth and formed the Moon. Their discovery shows that Earth’s water is much more ancient than previously thought. The standing theory for the formation of the Moon involves an …

The post The Collision that Created the Moon Might Have Also Brought Water to the Early Earth appeared first on Universe Today.

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Stars live and die on epic time scales. Tens of millions of years, hundreds of millions of years, even billions of years or longer. Maybe the only thing that surpasses that epicness is when two dead stars join together and come back to life. Astronomers at the University of Bonn in Germany, along with colleagues …

The post Bizarre Star Could be the Result of Two White Dwarfs Merging Together appeared first on Universe Today.

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NASA has chosen 11 American companies to help them build the next lunar landers that will carry humans to the surface of the Moon. The 11 companies will conduct studies and work on prototype landers in the coming years. It’s all part of NASA’s Artemis mission, and the mission’s 2024 date with the surface of …

The post NASA has Picked the Companies That’ll Help Build its Lunar Landers appeared first on Universe Today.

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The Mars 2020 mission is getting ever closer to the day when it will be launched to the Red Planet.

The post Don’t Forget, Curiosity’s Sister Rover is Flying to Mars in 2020 appeared first on Universe Today.

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The Planetary Society is going to launch their LightSail 2 CubeSat next month. LightSail 2 is a test mission designed to study the feasibility of using sunlight for propulsion. The small satellite will use the pressure of sunlight on its solar sails to propel its way to a higher orbit. The launch is scheduled for …

The post Planetary Society’s Light Sail 2 is Set to Launch on a Falcon Heavy Rocket Next Month appeared first on Universe Today.

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This week I had a fantastic opportunity to interview one of my favorite authors, Dennis E. Taylor, the author of We Are Legion (We Are Bob), and the rest of the Bobiverse Trilogy. We had a great conversation about the challenges in writing science fiction during a time when science has come so far, what …

The post Interview with Dennis E. Taylor, Author of the Bobiverse Trilogy appeared first on Universe Today.

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China's Chang'e-4 lunar mission recently gathered data that suggests that the impact that created the largest impact crater on the Moon could have blasted some of its mantle material onto the surface.

The post Chang’e-4 Lander and its Rover Have Turned up new Mysteries on the Moon’s far side. The Moon’s Mantle Blasted Onto the Surface? appeared first on Universe Today.

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NASA's aging 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter recently snapped some unique views of the twin moons Phobos and Deimos, in an effort to better understand their texture and surface composition.

The post Mars Odyssey Reveals Phobos Using THEMIS appeared first on Universe Today.

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