Credit: European Space Agency Solar Orbiter will orbit our nearest star, the sun, observing it up close. It will take the first-ever direct images of its poles, while also studying the inner heliosphere—the bubble-like region around the sun created by the stream of energized, charged particles released in the solar wind. At its closest, Solar
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In the spring of 2016, something happened that sent the wine community into a bit of a tizzy: In a blind tasting, a selection of English sparkling white wines were chosen over comparable French champagnes. In fact, some of the experts gathered at the tasting—including well-regarded French tasters—believed the English wines they tried were actually
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain In the aftermath of the devastating Tohoku-Oki earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan in March 2011, seismologists were stunned by the unprecedented 50 meters of shallow displacement along the fault, which ruptured all the way to the surface of the seafloor. This extreme slip at shallow depths exacerbated the
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX will launch Egyptian operator NileSat’s next communications satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket in 2022, SpaceX said Jan. 23.  Nilesat, having launched all three of its past satellites with Arianespace, is a first-time customer for SpaceX.  SpaceX and Nilesat signed a contract in Cairo for the launch of Nilesat-301, an approximately 4,000-kilogram
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WASHINGTON — NASA has selected acting directors at two of its field centers to take those positions on a permanent basis. NASA announced Jan. 23 that Dennis Andrucyk, who has been acting director of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland since Dec. 31, will now take the job on a full-time basis, effective immediately.
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Rescue workers looked for victims after two houses collapsed during record rainfall in southeastern Brazil At least 30 people have been killed in two days of intense storms in southeastern Brazil, the Minas Gerais state Civil Defense office said Saturday. Seventeen people are also missing, seven injured, and some 3,500 have been forced out of
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Getting the Space Force right and creating the first new U.S. armed service in more than half a century will be a herculean task. Uniforms and insignia must be chosen, logos created, and detailed organizational structures and diagrams established. While such trappings and baselines for the new service is necessary, however, they are insufficient to
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Artist’s rendering of a “hot Jupiter” called KELT-9b, the hottest known exoplanet – so hot, a new paper finds, that even molecules in its atmosphere are torn to shreds. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech In the scorching atmosphere of exoplanet KELT-9b, even molecules are torn to shreds. Massive gas giants called “hot Jupiters”—planets that orbit too close to
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In this photo provided by NASA shows astronauts NASA’s Andrew Morgan and Italy’s Luca Parmitano on a spacewalk Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. The astronauts worked to complete repairs to a cosmic ray detector outside the International Space Station. (NASA via AP) Spacewalking astronauts worked to complete repairs to a cosmic ray detector outside the International
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