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Neutron stars could be our GPS for deep space travel

NASA's Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer, or NICER will study the exotic astrophysical objects known as neutron stars and examine whether they could be used as deep-space navigation beacons for future generations of spacecraft.

Posted: Jun 30th, 2017

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Magnetic memories of a metal world

Research deciphering the hidden magnetic messages encoded in a rare group of meteorites has helped secure nearly half a billion dollars of NASA funding for a journey to their parent asteroid.

Posted: Jun 22nd, 2017

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Chaotically magnetized cloud is no place to build a star, or is it?

For decades, scientists thought that the magnetic field lines coursing around newly forming stars were both powerful and unyielding, working like jail bars to corral star-forming material. More recently, astronomers have found tantalizing evidence that large-scale turbulence far from a nascent star can drag magnetic fields around at will.

Posted: Jun 14th, 2017

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