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Meet the first private companies that NASA has selected to deliver payloads to the Moon - TechCrunch
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has selected Astrobotic, Intuitive Machines, and Orbit Beyond as the first three private companies to deliver science and technology payloads under the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) as part of its A…

NASA spots explosion of X-rays glowing in the universe - Yahoo News
NASA peers deep into the cosmos at the bright, leftover cinders of exploded stars, called pulsars. Now, the space agency has released a map-like image showing loops and arcs of X-ray energy — invisible to the naked eye — radiating from these dense cores of on…

Spitzer Space Telescope Captures Amazing Stellar Family Portrait - SciTechDaily
In this large celestial mosaic there's a lot to see, including multiple clusters of stars born from the same dense clumps of gas and dust.

Why Does the Moon Keep Flashing Us? - Live Science
There's something flashing us on the moon, and we don't know what it is. But that might be about to change, thanks to a new telescope.

Incredible Photo From Orbit Reveals Where Day Becomes Night on Planet Earth - ScienceAlert
A stunning image of Earth taken from the orbital perspective of the International Space Station (ISS) gives a unique glimpse of an everyday phenomenon too easily taken for granted.

After SpaceX Launch, a Fear of Satellites That Outnumber All Visible Stars - The New York Times
Images of the Starlink constellation in orbit have rattled astronomers around the world.

NASA to bore beneath Europa with nuclear-powered 'TUNNELBOT' in alien life search -
NASA are planning for a nuclear-powered drone to drill through Europa’s icy shell in an attempt to find alien life in its oceans.

NASA solar storm WARNING: Another Carrington Event ‘will cost TRILLIONS’ in damage -
NASA has warned a solar storm similar to the 1859 Carrington Event will eventually decimate Earth. But a Harvard professor famed for his Oumuamua extrasolar asteroid theory has proposed an innovative $100billion solution.

Why scientists believe Godzilla’s fictional growth is cause for real concern - The Next Web
A pair of scientists from prestigious Dartmouth University recently published research that potentially reveals the real reason why Godzilla has more than doubled in size since 1954: ...

NASA taps 3 companies for moon missions - CBS News
If all goes well, the landers will touch down on the moon in 2020 and 2021

Punctured Skulls Suggest Saber-Toothed Cats Fought Amongst Themselves - Gizmodo
An analysis of two punctured saber-toothed cat skulls suggests these extinct creatures engaged in intra-species combat. It’s further evidence that the exaggerated fangs of saber-toothed cats were strong enough to penetrate bone.

Physicists create stable, strongly magnetized plasma jet in laboratory -
When you peer into the night sky, much of what you see is plasma, a soupy amalgam of ultra-hot atomic particles. Studying plasma in the stars and various forms in outer space requires a telescope, but scientists can recreate it in the laboratory to examine it…

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