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We Finally Know How Much Radiation There Is on The Moon, And It's Not Great News - ScienceAlert
As the US prepares to return humans to the Moon this decade, one of the biggest dangers future astronauts will face is space radiation that can cause lasting health effects, from cataracts to cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.​

SpaceX's reused rockets will carry national security payloads for the first time - Engadget
SpaceX's reused rockets will soon carry US national security payloads, starting with a GPS satellite in 2021.

NASA astronaut plans to cast her ballot from space station - NBC News
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins said that she plans to cast her next vote from space — more than 200 miles above Earth.

SpaceX scales back plans for Starship's first high-altitude flight - Yahoo Tech
SpaceX's Elon Musk now says Starship's first high-altitude flight will top out at 50,000 feet, not 60,000.

ULA again delays Delta IV Heavy launch due to hardware issues at Cape Canaveral - Florida Today
Technical issues forced United Launch Alliance to again delay an upcoming Delta IV Heavy rocket launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Huge Haul of Dinosaur Teeth Reveal The Spinosaurus Really Was a River Monster - ScienceAlert
The discovery of more than a thousand fossilised teeth in a prehistoric river bed is eating away at our current definition of dinosaurs.

Event Horizon Telescope Reveals Turbulent Black Hole Evolution: Wobbling Shadow of the M87 Black Hole - SciTechDaily
Analysis of the event horizon telescope observations from 2009-2017 reveals turbulent evolution of the M87 black hole image. In 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration delivered the first image of a black hole, revealing M87*--the supermassive o…

NASA Awards SpaceX a $109.4 Million Interstellar Mapping Contract - The Motley Fool
SpaceX's cheap launch costs may have just saved taxpayers some money.

See a 360 Degree Juno-Eye View of Jupiter During an Io Eclipse - Universe Today
Yesterday, we posted some incredible photos from the Juno Probe’s 29th flyby of Jupiter. Juno is in a highly elliptical orbit. It buzzes the planet at an altitude of 4,200km and then sweeps out to 8.1 million. Completing this circuit every 53 days, Juno only …

Meteor that skimmed Earth may have brought life to Venus, study says - Daily Mail
Harvard suggest life on Venus may have came from a meteor that dipped into Earth's atmosphere, collected microbial colonies and traveled out to space before colliding with Venus.

NASA commissions report to show its economic impact: $64B and 312K jobs - TechCrunch
Perhaps anticipating budget pushback from the federal government, NASA has released its first-ever agency-wide economic report, documenting the agency’s impact on the nation’s jobs and cash flow. Everyone knew NASA was impactful, but now we know exactly how i…

Bird genes are multitaskers, say scientists -
Scientists from the University of Sheffield have found that although male and female birds have an almost identical set of genes, they function differently in each sex through a mechanism called alternative splicing.

Space Force: Weather OK for SpaceX's Starlink launch from Kennedy Space Center - Florida Today
Weather conditions should be favorable for SpaceX's next launch from Kennedy Space Center with 60 Starlink internet satellites, the Space Force said.

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