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NASA, SpaceX bringing astronaut launches back to home turf

1 week ago from Physorg

For the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil. And for the first time in the...

President Donald Trump to visit Michigan Ford plant that produced ventilators

1 week ago from UPI

President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Michigan Thursday and address workers who produced ventilators at a Ford plant a month ago.

Space tourism aims to make anyone into an astronaut

1 week ago from CBSNews - Science

Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. The skies have never looked the same. Apollo 11 was a defining human achievement -- and...

NASA Proposes New Rules for Moon-Focused Space Race

1 week ago from Scientific American

The Artemis Accords could ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for lunar exploration—if everyone agrees to them -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Spring 2020 could even break summer sun records

1 week ago from Physorg

This year's 'lockdown spring' is likely to be the sunniest on record in parts of the UK, and may even rank among the sunniest seasons ever recorded—including all the summers.

Hubble telescope captures spiral galaxy 70 million light-years away

1 week ago from CBSNews - Science

NASA's Hubble telescope captured NGC 2985, a spiral galaxy 70 million light-years away. It has a lot of similarities to our own galaxy, the Milky Way.

Season Interrupted: Namir Hemphill has one more hurdle to clear

1 week ago from LA Times - Health

Upland's dual-threat track star was the state's top triple jumper, but he has eye on more goal: 50 feet

WISE J135501.90-825838.9 is a young, extremely low-mass substellar binary, study finds

1 week ago from Physorg

Using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), astronomers have investigated a nearby binary system designated WISE J135501.90-825838.9. The new research reports that the studied object is a young,...

NASA's OSIRIS-REx ready for touchdown on asteroid Bennu

1 week ago from Physorg

NASA's first asteroid sample return mission is officially prepared for its long-awaited touchdown on asteroid Bennu's surface. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification and Security—Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has targeted...

NASA telescope named for 'Mother of Hubble,' Nancy Grace Roman

1 week ago from Physorg

NASA is naming its next-generation space telescope currently under development, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), in honor of Nancy Grace Roman, NASA's first chief astronomer, who paved the...

How galaxies and black holes grow together

1 week ago from Physorg

Over the past two decades, astronomers have concluded that most, if not all, galaxies host massive black holes at their centers—and the masses of a black hole and its host...

ATLAS telescope discovers first-of-its-kind asteroid with a comet-like tail

1 week ago from Physorg

We often think of asteroids and comets as distinct types of small bodies, but astronomers have discovered an increasing number of "crossovers." These objects initially appear to be asteroids, and...

Gravitational waves can help scientists study neutron stars

1 week ago from UPI

Gravitational waves can be mined for information about the structure and composition of neutron stars, according to a new study.

Inside HBO Max's scramble to launch a massive bet on streaming

1 week ago from LA Times - Health

What is HBO Max? Video-on-demand service has HBO originals, Warner Bros. shows and movies

Netflix: What's coming and going in June 2020

1 week ago from UPI

Spike Lee's film "Da 5 Bloods," "Wasp Network," starring Penelope Cruz, and new seasons of "The Politician," "13 Reasons Why" and "Queer Eye" are headed to Netflix.

This ominous image shows the birth of a planet

1 week ago from PopSci

This image shows the disc around the young AB Aurigae star, where ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has spotted signs of planet birth. (ESO/Boccaletti et al./)520 light-years away from Earth, a baby planet...

New gravitational-wave model can bring neutron stars into even sharper focus

1 week ago from Physorg

Gravitational-wave researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed a new model that promises to yield fresh insights into the structure and composition of neutron stars.

Telescope sees 'baby planet' forming around distant star

Astronomers using European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have captured the birth of a planet around a star 520 light-years away.

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft faces its biggest test

1 week ago from UPI

The Crew Dragon space capsule produced by Elon Musk's SpaceX faces a final big test when two astronauts get on board to fly to the International Space Station next week.

NASA astronaut caught in custody battle

1 week ago from CBSNews - Science

It's a case testing the boundaries of law: A NASA astronaut is caught in an ugly divorce and custody battle. Anne McClain is being accused of identity theft in space....

NASA investigating allegations of identity theft involving space station astronaut

1 week ago from CBSNews - Science

NASA reportedly is investigating what may be the first known allegations of a crime committed from space. Astronaut Anne McClain's estranged wife, Summer Worden, has accused McClain of identity theft...

How cosmic rays may have shaped life

1 week ago from Science Daily

Physicists propose that the influence of cosmic rays on early life may explain nature's preference for a uniform 'handedness' among biology's critical molecules.

Stunning images of swirling gas and dust may show a planet forming

1 week ago from Sciencenews.org

For the first time, astronomers may have seen direct evidence of a planet forming around a young star. A spiral disk of gas and dust surrounding the star AB Aurigae contains a...

How cosmic rays may have shaped life

1 week ago from Science Blog

Before there were animals, bacteria or even DNA on Earth, self-replicating molecules were slowly evolving their way from simple matter to life beneath a constant shower of energetic particles from...

Cosmic rays may have left indelible imprint on early life, physicists say

1 week ago from Physorg

Before there were animals, bacteria or even DNA on Earth, self-replicating molecules were slowly evolving their way from simple matter to life beneath a constant shower of energetic particles from...

Astronauts arriving for NASA's 1st home launch in decade

1 week ago from Physorg

The two astronauts who will end a nine-year launch drought for NASA flew to Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, exactly one week before their historic SpaceX flight.

Astronauts arrive at Kennedy for historic launch

Nasa's Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are a week away from their flight to the space station.

For first time, scientists spot an alien planet as it is being formed

1 week ago from Reuters:Science

Astronomers have gazed into what appears to be a planetary maternity ward, observing for the first time within a huge disk of dense gas and dust surrounding a newly formed...