This week in space

Water supersaturation in the Martian atmosphere discovered

This is just more of a reason for us to step up and get to Mars, set up a space port, start mining material usesful for fuel and construction and start expanding our presence in the solar system.

New analysis of data sent back by the SPICAM spectrometer on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft has revealed for the first time that the planet's atmosphere is supersaturated with water vapour. This surprising discovery has major implications for understanding the Martian water cycle and the historical evolution of the atmosphere.

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SpaceX says 'reusable rocket' could help colonize Mars

Exactly. I love Elon Musk as he is one of the few people in the U.S. pushing manned space flight forward.

The US company SpaceX is working on the first-ever reusable rocket to launch to space and back, with the goal of one day helping humans colonize Mars, founder Elon Musk said Thursday.

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China launches module for space station

Here the Chinese are pushing further ahead of us. They have far more brain power than the U.S., they have a society that isn't going to halt a space program over a few launchpad deaths, and they are building their own space station. Oh, might I add they have a manned moon mission in the works.

China launched an experimental module to lay the groundwork for a future space station on Thursday, underscoring its ambitions to become a major space power.

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Snafu as China space launch set to US patriotic song


It was supposed to be a patriotic tribute to China's technological prowess. Instead, a video showing the launch of China's first space station module inadvertently glorified the country's biggest rival.

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Galaxy caught blowing bubbles

That is absolutely beautiful.

Hubble's famous images of galaxies typically show elegant spirals or soft-edged ellipses. But these neat forms are only representative of large galaxies. Smaller galaxies like the dwarf irregular galaxy Holmberg II come in many shapes and types that are harder to classify. This galaxy's indistinct shape is punctuated by huge glowing bubbles of gas, captured in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

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Heavy metal stars produce Earth-Like planets

Well, this gives us a good idea of where to start looking for more planets. Although, we are alreayd finding a LOT of planets very easily (but mostly gas giants).

New research reveals that, like their giant cousins, rocky planets are more likely to be found orbiting high metallicity stars. Furthermore, these planets are more plentiful around low mass stars. This could have important implications for the search for life outside of Earth.

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