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SpaceX splashdown: See NASA astronauts safely return to Earth after ISS stint - CNET
The historic Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission makes a clean water landing in the Gulf of Mexico and the crew exits the capsule.

Boaters greet SpaceX capsule after splashdown, catching officials off guard - New York Post
Recreational boaters got up close and personal to the SpaceX capsule carrying two US astronauts after it landed in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday — catching NASA officials off guard. “That wa…

SpaceX wins epic game of capture-the-flag in space started by Obama - Business Insider - Business Insider
On the International Space Station, the American flag that SpaceX claimed had a note: "Do not forget to take with Crew Dragon."

Family pleads for community help in finding 18-year-old drowning victim - FOX 31 Denver
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — A heartbroken family is pleading with the community to help search crews recover their 18-year-old loved one who drowned in the Chatfield Reservoir Friday afternoon.  “I wish people would have the decency to choose not to go t…

2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program - The Hill
It appears the Democratic Party recommitted to NASA's Artemis project and efforts to further space exploration; will it stick?

SpaceX splashdown: Watch live as NASA astronauts return to Earth Sunday - CNET
Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley made history getting to the space station aboard a Crew Dragon capsule. They've undocked from the ISS and are coming home.

The Best Meteor Shower of the Year, the Perseids, Will Peak in Early August -
The Perseids are especially bright, so you won’t want to miss this one!

Caught on camera: Astronomers snap ‘space butterfly’ pic from thousands of light-years away - WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland
(CNN) — Thousands of light-years away, there’s a “space butterfly” colored with brilliant blues and clouds of purple and red. It’s an image we’ve never seen in this much detail before. So named for its resemblance to the winged insect, the “butterfly” is actu…

Researchers Discover Unexpected Magma Systems Lurking Beneath 'Boring' Volcanoes - ScienceAlert
Not all volcanoes are suddenly explosive. Some spew steady rivers of gloppy, slow-moving lava for millennia on end, like those in the Hawaiian or Galápagos islands.

Butterfly Effect in Quantum Realm Disproven by Simulating Quantum ‘Time Travel’ - SciTechDaily
Evolving quantum processes backwards on a quantum computer to damage information in the simulated past causes little change when returned to the ‘present.’ Using a quantum computer to simulate time travel, researchers have demonstrated that, in the quantum re…

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Is Carrying First Spacesuit Materials to Mars – Here’s Why - SciTechDaily
In a Q&A, spacesuit designer Amy Ross explains how five samples, including a piece of helmet visor, will be tested aboard the rover, which was launched on July 30. NASA is preparing to send the first woman and next man to the Moon, part of a larger strategy t…

Powerful Photon-Based Processing Units Enable Complex Artificial Intelligence - SciTechDaily
Using photons to create more powerful and power-efficient processing units for more complex machine learning. Machine learning performed by neural networks is a popular approach to developing artificial intelligence, as researchers aim to replicate brain func…

Human Sperm Swim Like 'Playful Otters,' New Study Finds - HuffPost
Sperm cells are wobblier and wonkier than we ever imagined.

The Stars That Time Forgot: Remnant of Strange Dismembered Star Cluster Discovered at Galaxy’s Edge - SciTechDaily
Led by PhD student Zhen Wan and his supervisor Professor Geraint Lewis, an international team of astronomers has found a shredded globular cluster on the edge of the Milky Way, the remnant of a type of ancient structure that no longer exists.…

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