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Opposite World: Pluto's Ice Caps Made of Methane, Turns Earth's Process Upside Down - SciTechDaily
The mountains discovered on Pluto during the New Horizons spacecraft's flyby of the dwarf planet in 2015 are covered by a blanket of methane ice, creating bright deposits strikingly like the snow-capped mountain chains found on Earth. New research conducted b…

The Latest Soyuz Launch Just Delivered The ISS Crew in 3 Hours! It Used to Take Days - ScienceAlert
A three-person crew successfully reached the International Space Station on Wednesday aboard a Russian rocket after the fastest ever journey from Earth of just over three hours.

A spacecraft is about to slingshot around Venus, putting it on course for Mercury - The Verge
A joint European and Japanese spacecraft called BepiColombo is about to slingshot around the planet Venus, a crucial maneuver needed to put the vehicle on course for Mercury.

The Great Barrier Reef Has Lost Half Its Corals - The New York Times
Researchers in Australia blamed climate change for the loss, which they said could diminish critical habitats for fish and other marine life.

SpaceX’s Starship wins $53M from NASA for full-scale orbital refueling test - Teslarati
SpaceX’s Starship program has won $53 from NASA to perform a full-scale test of orbital propellant transfer, taking the company and space agency’s relationship on the crucial technology to the next level. NASA revealed the results of its fifth round of “Tippi…

NASA to Broadcast OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Collection Activities - NASA
NASA will broadcast coverage of a first for the agency as its Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission attempts to collect a sample of asteroid Bennu on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 6:12 p.m. EDT.

Newly Discovered Glowing Tardigrade Is Weirdly Resistant to Lethal Doses of UV Radiation - Gizmodo
A newly discovered species of tardigrade glows blue when exposed to ultraviolet light.

Star dies by "spaghettification" as it's consumed by supermassive black hole - CBS News
Astronomers recently spotted a black hole swallowing up a star like celestial spaghetti — and no, that's not science fiction.

How to see the 2020 Orionid meteor shower, active now and nearing its peak - CNET
The shooting star extravaganza is heating up as it headlines a big skywatching month.

Eight nations sign NASA-led Artemis Accords to guide moon exploration - NBC News
Eight nations have signed on to become founding members of NASA's Artemis Accords, an international agreement that establishes how countries can cooperate to peacefully and responsibly conduct exploration of the moon.

Earth and Moon Once Shared a Magnetic Shield - NASA
A neighboring shield may have helped our planet retain its atmosphere and eventually go on to develop life and habitable conditions.

Recent Atlantic ocean warming unprecedented in nearly 3,000 years -
Taking advantage of unique properties of sediments from the bottom of Sawtooth Lake in the Canadian High Arctic, climate scientists have extended the record of Atlantic sea-surface temperature from about 100 to 2,900 years, and it shows that the warmest inter…

The gut microbiome defines social group membership in honey bee colonies - Science Advances
In the honey bee, genetically related colony members innately develop colony-specific cuticular hydrocarbon profiles, which serve as pheromonal nestmate recognition cues. Yet, despite high intracolony relatedness, the innate development of colony-specific che…

Adorable ancient sea cows once swam through now-bone dry Egyptian desert - Live Science
It may be a desert now, but ancient sea cows swam here.

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