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Jim Lovell on Apollo 13

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 04:00
The famous astronaut recounts Apollo 13 — the mission that almost didn’t make it home.
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How does astronomy affect your day-to-day life?

15 hours 24 min ago
These discoveries prove space science has plenty of down-to-earth applications.
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Ann Druyan on Cosmos and Carl Sagan’s legacy

15 hours 24 min ago
Astronomy’s editor interviews the executive producer of Cosmos and late, great Carl Sagan’s widow.
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The Sky This Week from April 3 to 10

15 hours 24 min ago
Venus slips past the Seven Sisters and Saturn slides between Mars and Jupiter in the sky this week.
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Hubble finds the best evidence yet for elusive midsized black holes

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 04:00

At about 50,000 times the mass of the Sun, this intermediate-mass black hole skirts the line between shrimp and giant.

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Astronaut urine could help us build Moon bases — seriously

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 04:00

It’s not an April Fools’ gag. Scientists just tested and confirmed that urea, a main component of human pee, can be used as a valuable additive for 3D-printed structures made from lunar soil.

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What NASA is doing to keep COVID-19 off the space station

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 04:00
Intense quarantine, disinfection and, inspection protocols are designed to keep astronauts from getting sick in orbit.
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Astronomers find 139 new minor planets in the outer solar system

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 04:00

A new method for hunting minor planets uncovered more than a hundred small, distant worlds. And the novel technique could even help resolve the mystery of Planet Nine.

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Unlike Earth, Mars might not have had a global ocean of magma

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:00
Researchers thought Mars formed — and potentially created a life-supporting atmosphere — like Earth did. New evidence suggests that's not the case.
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Discover the secrets of the Northern Pinwheel Galaxy

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:00
Think you know the big spiral M101? Take a deep dive into its myriad details, and you’ll know it like never before.
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The Sky This Week from March 27 to April 3

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 04:00
Venus and the Moon meet just days before Mars and Saturn come their closest in the sky this week.
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How to explore the universe while you’re stuck at home

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 04:00
The distant cosmos isn’t beyond your reach. You can explore the universe without getting off the couch.
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The Sun: Extremely loud and incredibly hot

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 04:00
We know a lot about the Sun, but not nearly everything. In the video below, Dr. Anna Funk describes how we're still working to answer some fundamental questions about our nearest star.
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Evidence for an exotic dark matter candidate falls flat

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 04:00
Dark matter might still be made of sterile neutrinos — but scans of our own galaxy couldn’t find the supposed signals proving the connection.
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Comet ATLAS may soon be visible to the naked eye

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 04:00
C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) is racing toward the Sun — and possibly a place in the history books.
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The Degenerate Era: When the universe stops making stars

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 04:00
When the last stars die, the cosmos will turn into a drab place, with smoldering stellar remnants fading from sight like cooling embers.
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Rare pulsating white dwarf spotted in a binary star system

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 04:00
The star could offer answers to what will happen to our Sun in the future.
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Hubble dissects a tarantula to study how giant stars form

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 04:00

The Tarantula Nebula is the largest known stellar nursery, and on its outskirts sits a stellar laboratory that’s helping astronomers investigate the origins of massive stars.

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The Sky This Week from March 20 to 27

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 04:00
Jupiter and Mars meet in the morning sky and our Sun advances one more “galactic tick” around the Milky Way.
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India prepares to launch its first crewed mission in 2021

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 04:00

The crew will travel to low Earth orbit for a week using homegrown technology — a first for India. Prior tests include a humanoid robot, three astronauts, and six scientific experiments.

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