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Monday, December 9, 2019
The Parachute That Will Assist Carefully Plop the Rover Down on Mars Likewise Broke a World Record in the world

The Parachute That Will Assist Carefully Plop the Rover Down on...

Taken on Sept. 7, this series of images shows the fastest-ever inflation of a parachute this size. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech In 2020, NASA will launch a rover to Mars armed with drills to explore for past habitable conditions and microbial life. But to land safely, it will need to deploy a parachute that will slow the…
Inside NASA’s hunt for exoplanets identical to Earth

Inside NASA’s hunt for exoplanets identical to Earth

An artist's rendition of planet HD 219134b, the nearest confirmed rocky exoplanet found outside our solar system. At 1.6 times the size of Earth it orbits its star every three days.  NASA/JPL-Caltech Looking around at Earth's neighbors, it's fair to say we're on the most livable planet in our solar system. (Lift your game, Mars.)…
Here You Go, It’s Authorities: Area Force. Seriously Though, Why Could Not they have Called it Star Fleet?

Here You Go, It’s Authorities: Area Force. Seriously Though, Why Could...

Space Force is here. For real. The President said he was going to create it, and now the White House has released some details on this new branch of the US armed forces. The US Space Force will be the 6th branch of the armed forces, after the Navy, Air Force, Army, Marines and the…
Truck-size asteroid makes fourth-closest go by Earth on record

Truck-size asteroid makes fourth-closest go by Earth on record

A NASA illustration of an asteroid pass. NASA An asteroid roughly the size of a pickup truck came within 10,000 miles of our heads Friday morning and then continued on its way without incident. Only three observed asteroids have come closer to our planet, according to NASA records that date all the way back to…
You have actually Got to View this Spectacular NASA Video of Arctic Sea Ice. Now at its Lowest Levels

You have actually Got to View this Spectacular NASA Video of...

Arctic sea ice is getting thinner and younger. Satellite data and sonar records from submarines show how the ice coverage in the north is getting more and more seasonal. In the past, ice would build up year over year, getting thicker and stronger. But seasonal ice disappears each summer, meaning more open ocean in the…
Last Male to Stroll on the Moon Mistaken About Environment Modification in the world

Last Male to Stroll on the Moon Mistaken About Environment Modification...

Astronaut Harrison Schmitt with the American flag and the Earth in the background, during a trek on the lunar surface as part of the Apollo 17 mission. Credit: Buyenlarge/Getty Images A former NASA astronaut who was the 12th person to walk on the moon may have seen Earth from space — but he doesn't see…
Grinning-Skull Asteroid Set to Whiz by Earth

Grinning-Skull Asteroid Set to Whiz by Earth

The "Halloween Asteroid" 2015 TB145, shown here in an artist’s illustration, is expected to whiz by Earth a little later than usual, swinging by on Nov. 11, 2018. Credit: JOSÉ ANTONIO PEÑAS/SINC Better late to the Halloween party than never: An asteroid shaped like a grinning skull is set to pass by Earth on Nov.…
SpaceX moon traveler most delighted about seeing Earth from afar

SpaceX moon traveler most delighted about seeing Earth from afar

This image from the Apollo 17 voyage shows the whole big blue marble of Earth.  NASA If all goes as planned, Japanese billionaire entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa and a SpaceX BFR spaceship full of artists will zip around the moon in 2023. That may be some years off, but Maezawa has already shared what he's most…
NASA’s wildest flights: Severe automobiles for Earth and beyond

NASA’s wildest flights: Severe automobiles for Earth and beyond

The Voyagers When it comes to longevity, NASA's Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft are champions. They both launched in 1977 are still going today. In 1998, Voyager 1 became the most distant human-made object in space. Voyager 1 is currently in interstellar space, while Voyager 2 is in the heliosheath, which NASA describes as the…
Noctilucent Clouds Perform Delicate Dance for NASA’s Balloon-Cam

Noctilucent Clouds Perform Delicate Dance for NASA’s Balloon-Cam

Noctilucent clouds are one of the atmosphere’s most ethereal natural wonders. They form high in the mesosphere, about 80 km (50 mi) above the Earth’s surface, and are rarely seen. In July, 2018, NASA launched a five-day balloon mission, called PMC (Polar Mesospheric Clouds) Turbo, to observe them and photograph them. Noctilucent clouds are more…

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