Researchers Propose Using Lasers to Zap Potentially Dangerous Space Debris

The junk littered in low-Earth orbit can cause dangerous collisions, the likes of which have even threatened the crew aboard the International Space Station. To combat the issue, Chinese scientists have designed orbital laser stations that could destroy or divert the debris.

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NASA Has Developed Autonomous Space Navigation That Uses Pulsars

NASA has demonstrated a new kind of autonomous space navigation. Called SEXTANT, it uses pulsars to determine the location of an object in space similar to how GPS uses satellites for Earth-based navigation.

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NASA Safety Panel Raises Concerns Over SpaceX and Boeing Spacecraft

NASA’s commercial crew transportation program had hoped to send six crewed missions to the ISS between 2019 and 2024. A recent report by a NASA safety panel could put these plans on hold.

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NASA Announces the First Multi-Planet System Discovered Entirely Through Crowdsourcing

Through the Exoplanet Explorers project, citizen scientists have discovered a multi-planet system. The system, K2-138, is known to have at least five planets, and it’s the first to be discovered entirely through crowdsourcing efforts.

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Researchers Identify Eight Sites With Exposed Water Ice on Mars

Using the the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, researchers have identified eight sites on the Red Planet with exposed water ice. These locations could reveal new insights into the planet’s history and climate, as well as provide a source of usable water for future manned missions.

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