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NASA Pays Elon Musk's SpaceX $2.9 Billion To Ferry Astronauts To Moon Surface - NPR
The company beat out two others in its bid to develop a lunar lander that will bring Americans back to the moon in the coming years.

Third Date’s the Charm (Maybe): NASA Reschedules First Ingenuity Flight on Mars for Monday - Gizmodo
NASA has given an eager public a new date for the Ingenuity helicopter’s first controlled flight on Mars: Monday, April 19. This would be the third time Ingenuity’s flight has been rescheduled to date, and with some luck, it might be the real deal.

Astronomers Detect a New Super-Earth Orbiting a Red Dwarf Star - SciTechDaily
In recent years there has been an exhaustive study of red dwarf stars to find exoplanets in orbit around them. These stars have effective surface temperatures between 2400 and 3700 K (over 2000 degrees cooler than the Sun), and masses between 0.08 and 0.45 so…

How to watch the Mars helicopter Ingenuity's first flight online -
Ingenuity is ready to attempt its first flight April 19.

Billions of T. rexes roamed Earth over their lifetime, study says - CNET
At the high end, it's probably less than half the total number of humans that have ever lived. But it doesn't take many to be terrifying.

How to watch the 2021 Lyrid meteor shower, active now - CNET
The year's shooting-star spotting season starts now.

NASA's New Horizons Pluto spacecraft is still exploring, 50 AU from the sun -
New Horizons could keep studying its exotic environs through the late 2030s.

Elon Musk says Starlink should be 'fully mobile' by the end of 2021, allowing customers to use it at any address or in moving vehicles - msnNOW
Elon Musk said Friday that Starlink users should be able to move their satellite internet hardware between addresses by the end of the year.

NASA’s InSight lander on Mars is at risk of dying - Deseret News
The lander first touched down on the red planet in 2018. Why is the InSight lander dying? Can the InSight lander be revived?

How to watch the Lyrid meteor shower -
The Lyrids will light up the skies starting this weekend.

Tarantula's ubiquity traced back to the cretaceous -
Tarantulas are among the most notorious spiders, due in part to their size, vibrant colors and prevalence throughout the world. But one thing most people don't know is that tarantulas are homebodies. Females and their young rarely leave their burrows and only…

NASA Statement on Nomination for Agency Deputy Administrator - NASA
The following is a statement from Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk on Friday’s announcement of the intended nomination by President Joe Biden of former NASA astronaut Pam Melroy to serve as the agency’s deputy administrator:

New Video Puts Iconic Image of Black Hole in a Cosmic Context - Gizmodo
Two years ago, astronomers acquired the first direct image of a black hole. A coordinated observation campaign of this object is now adding to our understanding of this black hole and its tumultuous surroundings.

New York state ends stem cell research funding - Science Magazine
Elimination of the grants, which had slowed, will stall studies of various diseases

Olympus Life Sciences Image of the Year: Rat fetus photo wins prestigious photography prize - Daily Mail
The competition focused on living organism as seen through any type of microscope. The global winning photo is of a rat fetus with glowing tissue and skeleton during its 21st day of development.

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