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Christina Koch breaks record for longest spaceflight by a woman - Engadget
The NASA astronaut will even have a comfortable lead by the time she returns to Earth.

Scientists model dynamic feedback loop that fuels the spread of wildfires - Ars Technica
Interaction between rising air, ambient winds determines how quickly a fire spreads.

Mars 2020 rover to seek ancient life, prepare human missions -
The Mars 2020 rover, which sets off for the Red Planet next year, will not only search for traces of ancient life, but pave the way for future human missions, NASA scientists said Friday as they unveiled the vehicle.

Scholars Explain What Will Happen if Asteroid Larger Than 1 km in Diameter Hits Earth - Sputnik International
Despite the potentially catastrophic results of an asteroid hitting Earth, it appears that these space rocks’ trajectories are relatively predictable due to the way they are affected by gravitational forces.

Business of spaceflight: The 7 biggest moments of the year - CNN
This year didn't end up exactly how many in the spaceflight industry had hoped.

China launches its largest rocket ever, the Long March-5 - Digital Trends
China launched its largest-ever rocket this week: The Long March-5 Y3 rocket took off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province, carrying a Shijian-20 satellite, as reported by China's state news agency Xinhua. Just over half an h…

In 2019, a 42-year-old NASA mission gave new insight into our solar system - Inverse
Voyager 2's crossing into interstellar space revealed surprising new details about our small corner of the Milky Way.

Girl, 14, finds world's most ancient LEMMING preserved in Siberian permafrost - Daily Mail
Angelina Sadovnikova, 14, discovered the mummified 41,300-year-old Pleistocene rodent under a river cliff on the Tirekhtyakh River near to the Arctic Circle in Russia.

From Meteorite, a Mineral 'First' for Researchers - Newsmax
Researchers have found the mineral edscottite, which is a phase that iron reaches after cooling down while being smelted into steel, on a meteorite, marking the first time it's been discovered in nature. The mineral was discovered in the Wedderburn meteorite,…

Kansas girl, 9, dies from the flu - KMBC Kansas City
A 9-year-old Kansas girl dies from the flu while visiting family in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Cotton candy super-puff worlds found in Kepler 51 star system - SlashGear
Fluff surrounds the solid interiors of each of the three planets in the Kepler 51 star system. Each of these planets was discovered to have masses “only a few times larger than Earth’s&…

Why you won't see any blue fireworks at your New Year's Eve celebration - Business Insider
Pyrotechnicians have tried to produce blue fireworks for centuries. The blue chemical breaks down at the high temperatures needed to burst.

NASA's Spitzer telescope spots stunning image of 'cosmic snowflakes' in space - Daily Mail
Most of the world may not have had a white Christmas, but 'cosmic snowflakes' glimmered as pink and red specks were spotted by NASA's Spitzer telescope in a 'Christmas Tree Cluster'.

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