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A remnant of a protoplanet may be hiding inside Earth, ,

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A protoplanet slammed into the Earth about 4.5 billion years ago, knocking loose a chunk of rock that would later become the moon. Now, scientists say that remnants of that protoplanet can still be found, lodged deep inside Earth, Science Magazine reported. If remains of the protoplanet, known as Theia, did stick around after the impact, that may explain why …

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Mars’ dark streaks are probably caused by dry landslides, ,

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Mars’ bizarre dark streaks may not be so astrobiologically intriguing after all. Those streaks, known as recurring slope lineae, were discovered in 2011 by scientists studying imagery captured by the powerful High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). As their name suggests, recurring slope lineae, or RSL for short, are found on Red Planet slopes. …

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Watch live today: Virgin Galactic unveiling new ‘SpaceShipThree’ space plane @ 7:30 am ET, ,

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Richard Branson’s private space tourism company Virgin Galactic will unveil its newest space plane, called “SpaceShipThree” (or SpaceShip III) in a live webcast Tuesday (March 30) beginning at 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT). You can watch it live in the window above, courtesy of Virgin Galactic, or directly via the company’s YouTube. Related: Virgin Galactic delays SpaceShipTwo test flights, pushing …

Watch live Tuesday: Virgin Galactic unveiling new ‘SpaceShipThree’ space plane @ 7:30 am ET, ,

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Richard Branson’s private space tourism company Virgin Galactic will unveil its newest space plane, called “SpaceShipThree” (or SpaceShip III) in a live webcast Tuesday (March 30) beginning at 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT). You can watch it live in the window above, courtesy of Virgin Galactic, or directly via the company’s YouTube. Related: Virgin Galactic delays SpaceShipTwo test flights, pushing …

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Space Chat with Space.com: Tune in Fridays for science, space and more!, ,

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This Friday (April 2), Space Chat will explore Apophis and other near-Earth asteroids. This week, Space.com senior writer Chelsea Gohd will be taking a deep dive into the weird world of near-Earth asteroids like Apophis, which will NOT impact Earth within the next 100 years (at least), researchers at NASA recently reassured. Every Friday at 1 p.m. EDT (17000 GMT), …

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Explosion from the early universe illuminates secret black hole, ,

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This artistic impression illustrates a new black hole that was discovered through gravitational lensing using light from an ancient cosmic explosion. (Image credit: Carl Knox, OzGrav) Light coming from an explosion in the early universe has illuminated a black hole that astronomers think could expand their understanding of how the celestial objects form. Three billion years ago, a gamma-ray burst …

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SpaceX now aiming to launch Starship SN11 rocket prototype Tuesday, ,

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SpaceX is now aiming to launch its newest Starship rocket prototype on Tuesday (March 30) after an FAA-related delay and you’ll be able to watch it live when it flies. The Starship SN11 rocket was initially expected to attempt a launch from SpaceX’s Starbase test site near Boca Chica Village in South Texas on Monday between 1 p.m. and 6 …

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SpaceX may try to launch its Starship SN11 rocket prototype today, ,

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Editor’s note: SpaceX has not released webcast details for today’s Starship SN11 test flight. Above is a livestream of Starship SN11 testing from NASASpacefight.com, which you can watch directly on YouTube here. SpaceX may attempt to launch its newest Starship rocket prototype today (March 29) and you’ll be able to watch it live if it happens. The Starship SN11 rocket …