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Mike Wehner

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Bizarre ‘cotton candy’ planets might have rings, scientists say

March 3rd, 2020

Our solar system has a nice selection of planet types. We have ultra-hot worlds orbiting close to our Sun, rocky worlds like Earth and Mars, gas giants like Jupiter and frozen behemoths like Neptune hanging out on the distant edge. When telescope technology reached a point that scientists began spotting planets outside of our home …

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Students stumble upon new black hole in NASA asteroid probe data

March 3rd, 2020

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has spent the majority of its life studying the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. It was tasked with traveling to the asteroid, orbiting it, and eventually snatching samples so it could return that material to Earth. Spotting distant black holes wasn’t initially part of the plan, but as NASA explains in a new blog …

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SpaceX’s newest mission for NASA is totally metal

March 3rd, 2020

NASA has been relying on private companies for help with launching various missions for some time now. SpaceX is one of NASA’s biggest partners in this regard, and it regularly awards the company with new contracts for future missions well in advance of the planned launch date. Now, with its eyes set on a very special …

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Blood-red snow now covers parts of Antarctica

March 3rd, 2020

If you have an image in your head of Antarctica as a blindingly white winter wonderland, this photo of blood-red snow covering the ground will likely challenge that. As LiveScience reports, the images were posted to Facebook by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and were shot outside of the country’s Vernadsky Research …

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Here’s how to apply to be a NASA astronaut

March 2nd, 2020

NASA needs new astronauts. You want to be an astronaut. The only thing standing between you and your dream is a simple application. Okay, so maybe that’s not entirely true, but NASA really is asking for new astronaut applicants and if you fit the bill, filling out the application is the first step. The current …

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How to protect yourself from coronavirus

March 2nd, 2020

You’d have to be living under a rock to have missed the endless cascade of news articles about the coronavirus. This new coronavirus outbreak, called COVID-19, began spreading rapidly in China and is now growing faster outside of China than within, threatening to become a true worldwide pandemic. When contagious illnesses pop up, the biggest …