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SpaceX’s successful Dragon Capsule could be the first step towards space travel

After a historic launch from Cape Canaveral last month, SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule returned from its’ duties at the International Space Station carrying over 3,800 lbs of materials and scientific data from the international crew of astronauts on board. This successful round trip is yet another major victory for Elon Musk’s space company, as they hope to expand their services from delivering cargo to becoming one of the world’s first space tourism providers.

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NASA’s latest ground radar technology leads to several space finds

A series of innovations from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have led to new technology being implemented to the space agency’s interplanetary radar system.  The new and improved technology is expected to help planners for future moon missions, as well as helping locate and identify missing spacecraft and debris. So far, the latter has seen some success. During an experimental run to test its’ capabilities, the radar was able to find two pre-determined targets orbiting around the moon.

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Study shows that potatoes can grow on Mars; experiment was a success

Author of The Martian, Andy Weir might have been on to something when he made his character survive his time on Mars by successfully planting and cultivating potatoes, with a group of scientists from the International Potato Center (CIP) close to confirming that the vegetable can indeed survive the Red Planet’s harsh conditions. Locked within a controlled and sealed environment called CubeSat, potatoes were put under Mars conditions and monitored daily.

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Blue Origin reveals its New Glenn rocket, the largest heavy-lift rocket ever designed

After remaining tight-lipped about its upcoming project, Blue Origin has unveiled its’ New Glenn rocket to the public, with it expected to soar into the skies for the first time in 2019. Named after the first American astronaut to orbit Earth, John Glenn, New Glenn is currently the biggest and most powerful rocket on the market. Standing at and impressive 82 meters (269 feet) tall, Blue Origin’s design would see it lift up to 45 tons into low-Earth orbit, and 13 tons to geostationary orbit.

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NASA improves current technology to accurately track solar flares

NASA scientists have made a breakthrough in their quest to be able to accurately predict and forecast potentially harmful solar storms. Researchers were able to improve upon an already existing tool in order to render it more accurate: the coronagraph. The coronagraph is an instrument which has been built to let scientists examine the outer atmosphere of the sun, the corona, and help them recognize the signs of an impending coronal mass ejection (CME).

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Seven Earth-sized, habitable-zone planets found by NASA’s Spitzer Telescope

Another day, another NASA discovery, with the agency announcing that their Spitzer Space Telescope has found seven Earth-sized planets orbiting around a single star, with several fixed firmly within the habitable zone. Their solar system, named TRAPPIST-1 is quite similar to ours, although the star and planets are all smaller compared to our own. This latest find represents one of NASA’s biggest space discoveries in recent history, up until now, not that many habitable-zone planets had been found to be orbiting a single star.

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