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A Probe’s Journey to the Sun

  After a successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy Rocket, its passenger, NASA’s Parker Probe, is now on its way to rendezvous with the sun. Onlookers cheerfully watched as lift off occurred at 3:31am EDT from Space Launch Complex 37 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The spacecraft, which is roughly the size of…

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Did Astronomers Discover Extragalactic Exoplanets?

  An astrophysics team at the University of Oklahoma say that they have discovered a population of planets beyond our Milky Way galaxy. They were discovered through the use of microlensing, which allowed the researchers to detect exoplanets that are at great distance from the Earth. The researchers were able to detect objects near quasar RXJ-1131-1231, in an extragalactic galaxy,  that range…

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New NASA Space Sensors to Address Key Earth Science Questions

WASHINGTON — Why is the Arctic warming faster than the rest of the planet? Does mineral dust warm or cool the atmosphere? NASA has selected two new, creative research proposals to develop small, space-based instruments that will tackle these fundamental questions about our home planet and its environment. The Polar Radiant Energy in the Far Infrared Experiment (PREFIRE) will fly a…

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2017 Was Record Setting for Warmth According to NASA and NOAA

Recently, both NASA and NOAA have come out with separate reports regarding  2017’s record-setting warmth. Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA. Continuing the planet’s long-term warming trend, globally averaged temperatures in 2017 were 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according…

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Object Visits From Beyond Solar System

  NASA reported on October 26, 2017 that astronomers have been watching a small body that could be an asteroid, or perhaps a comet, apparently from beyond our solar system, from somewhere in interstellar space. If that is indeed the case, it would be the first interstellar asteroid or comet to be observed and confirmed. The object is currently designated A 2017…

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Space Station Crew Members Discuss Upcoming Spacewalks and Life in Space

NASA Jan 3, 2017 Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson of NASA discussed upcoming spacewalk activity associated with the replacement of batteries on the station’s truss and other aspects of life and research on the orbital laboratory during a pair of in-flight interviews Jan. 3 with the Associated Press and the…

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