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Japan Will Land a Spacecraft on Asteroid Ryugu This Month to Snag a Sample

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:43pm
A Japanese asteroid probe will snag samples of its target space rock just two weeks from now, if all goes according to plan.
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'Vibrating Universe' Shares Astronomy with Deaf Students

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:30pm
What does a star feel like? A team of scientists put astronomy on a vibrating sound stage in order to tackle such questions.
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Supermoon 2019: When and How to See the Supermoon Trifecta

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:26pm
This year skywatchers will get to witness three supermoons in a row on Jan. 21, Feb. 19 and March 21.
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What Is a Supermoon?

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:26pm
A supermoon happens when the full moon coincides with the moon's closest approach to Earth. Supermoons make the moon appear a little brighter and closer than normal, although the difference is hard to spot with the naked eye.
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Private Moon Landers Could Help NASA's Next Giant Leap in Lunar Exploration

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:18pm
The first commercial landers to touch down on the moon should do so by the end of 2021, and they have a long list of scientific questions to tackle when they do.
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Last Light: Here's the Final View from NASA's Planet-Hunting Kepler Space Telescope

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 7:00am
The Kepler Space Telescope found thousands of planets around other stars by documenting their telltale flickers before it ran out of fuel last fall — and a newly released image shows the spacecraft's full field of view for the last time.
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Kite-Blown Sled Climbs Antarctic Ice Dome, One of the Coldest Places on Earth

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 6:55am
For the first time, an expedition climbed Fuji Dome in the interior of East Antarctica using a wind-blown vehicle.
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Earth Plays 'Peekaboo' with the Moon in This Awesome Far Side Time-Lapse Video

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 6:55am
A Chinese satellite orbiting Earth's moon has been snapping some amazing images from the lunar far side, otherwise known as the "dark side of the moon."
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NASA Honors Fallen Astronauts Today

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 6:00am
NASA will pay tribute today (Feb. 7) to the 17 astronauts who died in the agency’s three tragedies.
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Virgin Galactic Space-Flown Rocket Motor Donated to Smithsonian

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 4:40am
The hybrid rocket motor that powered Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on its first flight into space will next be used to ignite public interest in the future of spaceflight as an artifact in the Smithsonian National Air and Museum's collection.
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How Old Is Earth?

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 4:12am
Scientists have calculated that Earth is 4.54 billion years old, with an error range of 50 million years.
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Mars: What We Know About the Red Planet

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 4:00am
Learn about planet Mars’ atmosphere, water supply and the possibility to support life, plus, findings from the Mars exploration rover mission.
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Trump Honors Sacrifice of Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia Astronauts

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 3:51am
President Donald Trump on Thursday (Feb. 7) honored the service and sacrifice of astronauts who gave their lives in the pursuit of space exploration during NASA's annual Day of Remembrance.
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Pilots Awarded FAA Astronaut Wings

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 3:10am
The United States now has two new certified Commercial Astronauts. Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo test pilots Mark "Forger" Stucky and Frederick "CJ" Sturckow were awarded Commercial Astronaut Wings by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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Satellite Photos Show Evidence of Iranian Rocket Launch. But Did It Fail?

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 2:49am
Satellite images from the company DigitalGlobe reveal a likely launch of an Iranian satellite between Feb. 5 and 6.
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European Mars Rover Named for Crystal Scientist Rosalind Franklin

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 2:20am
The European Space Agency (ESA) has named its next Mars rover, due to touch down on the Red Planet in March 2021, in honor of British scientist Rosalind Franklin, whose research was crucial to scientists' determining the structure of DNA.
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Scientists Are Creating Mock Meteorite Crashes in a Lab. Here's Why.

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:21pm
Hundreds or millions of years after a meteorite smashes into Earth, researchers are left analyzing the impact site to figure out what happened.
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Earth's Magnetic North Pole Was Moving So Fast, Geophysicists Had to Update the Map

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:11pm
Now that the government shutdown is over, federal agencies have finally released an early edition of the World Magnetic Model, almost a full year before the next one was scheduled to be released.
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Why Physicists Are Interested in the Mysterious Quirks of the Heftiest Quark

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:10pm
The top quark is about 100 trillion times heavier than the up quark. But why?
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These Bubbles of Star Birth in the Milky Way's Galactic Neighbor Look Spectacular!

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:00pm
A beautiful image of the Milky Way's closest galactic neighbor provides insight into how stars form.
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