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NASA video celebrates the discovery of the 4,000th exoplanet

[embedded content] Thanks to major advances in technology, we’ve now managed to log the existence of more than 4,000 planets outside our solar system. That’s pretty darn impressive, especially when you consider that pre-1992 we couldn’t identify any. To celebrate the recent discovery of the 4,000th exoplanet, as these celestial bodies are called, science-art outreach […]

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory network was hacked by targeting a Raspberry Pi that wasn’t supposed to be connected to it

Flickr/abuakel A hacker accessed a NASA lab’s network in April 2018, by targeting an unauthorized Raspberry Pi, a pocket-sized computer that connects to the Internet. During the April 2018 attack, the hacker stole about 500 megabytes of data from 23 files, two of which contained information related to a Mars mission. The hacker used an […]

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After a record-setting 15 years, NASA ends Opportunity rover’s tour of Mars

Opportunity self-portrait NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell NASA has officially called it quits on its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, eight months after last hearing from the lander. The space agency has been attempting to make contact with the rover since communications went dark following an intense dust storm in 2018. Having issued more than 1,000 recovery commands, this week […]

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NASA has a $3.5 billion idea to save Earth from a supervolcano apocalypse

Yellowstone National Park sits atop a massive supervolcano that’s considered one of the greatest volcano threats in the county. While experts estimate that a super-eruption might not happen for another few million years, NASA scientists performed a thought experiment to determine how we could prevent Yellowstone from erupting. Their hypothetical idea involves cooling the volcano […]