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You must watch NASA's next mission to the ISS this week

You must watch NASA’s next mission to the ISS this week

On October 5, SpaceX will launch another passenger mission, making history in the process: it will include cosmonaut Anna Kikina, who will become the first Russian to take a ride on a private US spacecraft. Crew-5, the newest commercial crew mission, will launch no earlier than Oct. 5 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy …

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Astronomers simulate the Cat's Eye Nebula in 3D

Astronomers simulate the Cat’s Eye Nebula in 3D

In a recent study published in Royal Astronomical Society Monthly Notices, an international team of researchers led by Stanford University produced the first computer-generated 3D model of the Cat’s Eye Nebula, which unveiled a symmetrical pair of rings that surround the nebula’s outer shell. This study has the potential to help us better understand the …

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A planet-sized heat wave has been discovered in Jupiter's atmosphere

A planet-sized heat wave has been discovered in Jupiter’s atmosphere

A heat wave the size of 10 Earths has been discovered in Jupiter’s atmosphere. It was 130,000 kilometers (about 81,000 miles) in diameter and a scorching 700 degrees Celsius (1,292 degrees Fahrenheit), moving at speeds of up to 2,400 meters per second from the Jovian north pole. And that, scientists say, could solve one of …

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First potential traces of the first stars in the universe

First potential traces of the first stars in the universe

Astronomers may have discovered the ancient chemical remnants of the first stars to light up the Universe. Using innovative analysis of a distant quasar observed by the 8.1-meter Gemini North Telescope in Hawai’i, operated by NSF’s NOIRLab, scientists have found an unusual ratio of elements that, according to them, could only have come from the …

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Space Force surveillance telescope now operational in Australia

WASHINGTON — A US-built space surveillance telescope that was moved from New Mexico to Western Australia is officially operational, according to Space Operations Command. The Space Surveillance Telescope was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to locate and track debris in geosynchronous orbit, approximately 22,000 miles above …

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New evidence of liquid water on Mars suggests the planet is geothermally active

Scientists have discovered new evidence that liquid water exists under the ice cap at Mars’ south pole and it could mean the planet is geothermally active. In 2018, the European Union Mars-Express orbiter discovered that the surface of the ice sheet covering the south pole of March dips and rises, suggesting liquid water may be …

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Harvard's new food initiative to benefit people and the planet

Harvard’s new food initiative to benefit people and the planet

“The health consequences are enormous. About 42% of Americans at that time [are obese] … I could spend hours talking about the harmful effects of obesity, from cancer to eye disease, almost every organ in the body is affected,” Willett said. “Obesity is a major risk factor for dying from COVID, [linked to] diabetes and …

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Vickroy: You are not helpless - here are 10 ways to help save the planet from climate change

Vickroy: You are not helpless – here are 10 ways to help save the planet from climate change

The world is on fire. But you can help turn it off. According to NASA’s “The Effects of Climate Change,” droughts, wildfires, and extreme rainfall are happening faster than scientists previously estimated. “In fact, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the United Nations body set up to assess the science related …

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NASA occupies 3 of the 4 seats for the first operational Starliner flight to the ISS

NASA occupies 3 of the 4 seats for the first operational Starliner flight to the ISS

NASA and Boeing have yet to make their test flight with humans to the International Space Station with the CST-100 Starliner crew capsule, but seats are filling up for what will be its first operational mission. NASA is still targeting the two-person Crewed Flight Test (CFT) with NASA astronauts in early 2023, a mission that …

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