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Tiangong 1 Will Make an Uncontrolled Return, Soon!

  China’s Tiangong-1 is due to make an uncontrolled re-entry in the near future. According to the ESA, the current estimated window for re-entry is approximately March 29 to April 9, 2018. Tiangong-1, which translates to  Heavenly Palace 1, is China’s first space station and an experimental space laboratory. Its major goal was to test and master technologies related to…

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Earth’s Moist And Mysterious Moon

    Earth’s Moist And Mysterious Moon By Judith E Braffman-Miller Earth’s Moon is our planet’s closest neighbor in space, but it is remarkable how even neighbors can keep secrets from each other. For years, astronomers thought that Earth’s Moon was barren of water and other volatile compounds, but this notion began to change in 2008, when a team of…

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National Geographic And Sprint Announce Winner Of CHASING GENIUS

WASHINGTON and OVERLAND PARK, Kan., March 21, 2018 — National Geographic and Sprint are proud to announce Asha Gummadi as the winner of the “CHASING GENIUS: Unlimited Innovation” challenge, which aimed at inspiring innovative ideas focused on wireless connectivity and the network of the future. Based in Philadelphia, Asha Gummadi garnered the most votes on the CHASING GENIUS platform for her idea…

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Exomoons: When Parent-Planets Go Their Separate Ways

    Exomoons: When Parent-Planets Go Their Separate Ways By Judith E Braffman-Miller Restless young planets like to roam through their solar systems–usually disrupting their environment, during the course of their reckless rampages, as they travel chaotically around their stars. Such planetary migration occurs when a planet interacts with either the natal disk of gas and dust whirling around their…

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Boeing 737 MAX 7 Completes Successful First Flight

SEATTLE, March 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] new 737 MAX 7 successfully completed its first flight today. The airplane remains on schedule and now begins a comprehensive flight test program leading to certification and delivery in 2019. “Everything we saw during today’s flight shows that the MAX 7 is performing exactly as designed,” said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and…

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The Universe’s First-Born Stars Had A Cold Nursery

    The Universe’s First-Born Stars Had A Cold Nursery By Judith E Braffman-Miller Just after our Universe was born 13.8 billion years ago in the Big Bang, there was a mysterious era when it was black, and there were no stars around to cast their streaming, sparkling light into this swath of darkness. Today, when we stare up at…

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