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Kepler’s final photos, and how you can see raw data

by Chris Burns, Slash Gear

The first and last images captured by the NASA-JPL space telescope Kepler are shown here side-by-side. This craft was launched back on March 7th, 2009, and its planned mission duration was 3.5 years. A full 9 years, 7 months, and 23 days later, it was still doing work. Now that span is over, and the final data’s come in.

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Is the US Military Spending More on Space than NASA?

by Tom Cassauwers, Ozy

A whole lot of cash is getting funneled to space from the Defense Department.

“We have liftoff for the NROL-65 of the National Reconnaissance Office!” a voice calls out. Moments later, a gigantic orange rocket rolls out of a hanger decorated with a massive American flag and blasts off. Accompanied by a guitar riff, the rocket sails into the sky.

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Weird ‘Sub-Neptune’ Exoplanet Discovered by NASA (And It May Not Be Alone)

by Mike Wall, Space.com

NASA’s newest planet-hunting probe has bagged another alien world, the eighth confirmed find for the young mission.

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered a planet orbiting the star HD 21749, which lies about 53 light-years from Earth in the faint constellation Reticulum, scientists announced today (Jan. 7).

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Days Before Ultima Thule Flyby, New Horizons Has Detected Something Weird About Its Distant Target

by George Dvorsky, Gizmodo

NASA’s New Horizons is en route to Ultima Thule, a journey that will see the NASA spacecraft whiz past this mysterious Kuiper Belt object on New Year’s Day. But as the probe nears, mission specialists are already having to deal with a rather strange observation—an anomaly in the way Ultima Thule is reflecting incoming light.

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