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NASA begins search for ancient life on Mars after arrival of Perseverance, Ingenuity spacecrafts - 60 Minutes - CBS News
Anderson Cooper reports on the nerve-wracking Mars landing of the rover Perseverance, the painstaking process of launching the tiny helicopter Ingenuity, and the extraordinary images the two have already sent back to Earth.

Saturn will reach its closest point to Earth early Monday morning. Here’s how to see it - KPRC Click2Houston
The ringed planet Saturn, already one of the solar system’s most dazzling sights, will shine bigger and brighter this month. On Monday, August 2, at around 1 a.m. the planet will reach alignment with the Earth and the sun in an event known as “opposition.” Du…

Russian cosmonauts give video tour of module that jolted space station - Reuters
Russian cosmonauts have given a video tour of the interior of a research module which briefly threw the International Space Station out of control on Thursday a few hours after docking.

All eyes on weather as Boeing looks to Starliner launch on Tuesday -
Weather concerns continue as NASA and Boeing look to launch the Starliner capsule on a vital uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station on Tuesday (Aug. 3).

For First Time Ever, Scientists Detect Light Behind the Black Hole, Proving Einstein Theory | The Weather Channel - Articles from The Weather Channel | - The Weather Channel
The scientists noticed flares occurring from a not-so-expected place around a black hole that is 800 million light-years away from Earth, in a galaxy known as I Zwicky 1 or I Zw 1. - Articles from The Weather Channel |

Unraveling a Mystery: Bird Brains Left Other Dinosaurs Behind - SciTechDaily
Today, being “birdbrained” means forgetting where you left your keys or wallet. But 66 million years ago, it may have meant the difference between life and death – and may help explain why birds are the only dinosaurs left on Earth. Research on a newly discov…

Earth's energy imbalance removes almost all doubt from human-made climate change - NBC News
A new study found a less than 1 percent probability that a growing imbalance between the amount of energy Earth absorbs and what it emits out occurred naturally.

People first drove on the Moon 50 years ago today - Engadget
NASA has marked the 50th anniversary of the Lunar Roving Vehicle's first trip on the Moon — though we wouldn't count on another crewed vehicle any time soon..

Scientists Warn of ‘Unprecedented Surge in Climate-Related Disasters’ - Breitbart
Two Oregon State University professors have doubled down in warning of “untold suffering” if fossil fuels are not eliminated. | Environment

First ever re-programmable satellite blasts into space - CGTN
The world's first commercial fully re-programmable satellite lifted off from French Guiana on Friday, ushering in a new era of more flexible communications.

NOAA recovers from latest GOES-17 weather satellite issue, plans to replace it next year - -
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-East/17 has suffered another…

Hitting the Books: Buck Rogers flew so that NASA astronauts could spacewalk - Engadget
Wonders All Around, exhaustively researched and written by McCandless's son, Bruce III, explores McCandless the elder's trials and tribulations during NASA's formative years and his laser-focus on enabling astronauts to zip through space unencumbered by the m…

A Plant That ‘Cannot Die’ Reveals Its Genetic Secrets - The New York Times
Events in the genome of Welwitschia have given it the ability to survive in an unforgiving desert for thousands of years.

Image: Hubble spots squabbling galactic siblings -
A dramatic triplet of galaxies takes center stage in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, which captures a three-way gravitational tug-of-war between interacting galaxies. This system—known as Arp 195—is featured in the Atlas of Peculiar Galax…

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