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NASA is paying SpaceX $69M to crash a rocket into an asteroid - The Next Web
NASA today awarded SpaceX a $69 million contract to redirect an asteroid off its intended path. The mission, called the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), uses a technique ...

NASA's Twins Study: Spaceflight changes the human body, but only temp - Astronomy Magazine
A year in space can trigger many changes in the human body — from our heads down to our genes — but most of them don't persist indefinitely. Most notably, the researchers found that living in a micro

SpaceX successfully recovered Falcon Heavy’s nosecone, and it’s going to space again - BGR
After many delays, SpaceX was finally able to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket this week, for just the second time ever. The company also made history by successfully recovering both of its side boos…

Black Holes Are Awesome. Why Are Their Names Usually So Boring? -
It turns out it's confusing to name something no one can see.

Scientists dropped dead alligators to the ocean floor and watched as football-sized 'pill bugs' devoured them - Business Insider
A fascinating new video shows a troop of deep-sea bugs chowing down on the carcass of an alligator.

Buzz Aldrin offers condolences after Israel's failed moon landing - New York Post
It was one small message for Israel. Israel, which failed in its bid to land its spacecraft softly on the moon, got a shoutout from someone who fared much better — famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the …

Quantum simulation more stable than expected -
A localization phenomenon boosts the accuracy of solving quantum many-body problems with quantum computers. These problems are otherwise challenging for conventional computers. This brings such digital quantum simulation within reach using quantum devices ava…

Earliest life may have arisen in ponds, not oceans -
Primitive ponds may have provided a suitable environment for brewing up Earth's first life forms, more so than oceans, a new MIT study finds.

White male scientist slams sexist trolls using his work on black hole project for 'sexist vendetta' against Katie Bouman | TheHill - The Hill
Katherine Bouman, a 29-year-old researcher who worked on the crucial algorithm that led to capturing the first-ever image of a black hole, has become the target of online sexist trolls seeking to discredit her work on the historic project.

Hubble peers at cosmic blue bauble -
Globular clusters are inherently beautiful objects, but the subject of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, Messier 3, is commonly acknowledged to be one of the most beautiful of them all.

Lockheed Martin offers architecture for 2024 human lunar landing - SpaceNews
Lockheed Martin says it has developed an approach to achieving the goal of landing humans on the south pole of the moon by 2024.

First black hole photographed by humankind christened with official name -
Humankind’s first photographed black hole that captured the world’s attention this week has officially been christened with the name of “Powehi.”

ExoMars Detects Almost No Methane on Mars in Surprise Result - ExtremeTech
The arrival of the ExoMars mission with its Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) instrument provided scientists with a chance to take the most accurate measurements of methane concentration yet. However, the first major data release shows almost none of the gas in Mars' a…

Secret queso recipe from Austin cafe lost in lunar crash -
The crash of Israel's "Beresheet" lunar spacecraft on the moon Thursday also resulted in the loss of some queso.

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