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Mike Wehner

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New Horizons beams back a new revelation about Ultima Thule

February 11th, 2019

When NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft zoomed by the twin space rocks known collectively as Ultima Thule earlier this year, the images it sent back seemed to show a “space snowman” in all its glory. The photos showed two round lumps of rock attached by a thick “belt” in a shape known as a contact binary. …

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What is this weird stuff all over Uranus?

February 8th, 2019

Each of the planets in the Solar System has a unique personality. Earth is a bustling hub of weird life forms, Jupiter is a massive ball of gas with storms that could swallow other planets whole, and Uranus, well, Uranus is just plain weird. It’s a big frozen ball that spins on its side, totally …

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The SpaceX Starship’s Raptor engines just hit a major milestone

February 8th, 2019

If there’s one thing we can always count on from SpaceX it’s that Elon Musk will let everyone know of new developments the moment they happen via Twitter. That’s exactly what happened last night, as Musk’s early morning tweets revealed that the ongoing engine tests of the company’s Raptor engines are coming along nicely. According …

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Vaccinations skyrocket in ‘anti-vaxxer’ county amid measles outbreak

February 7th, 2019

Since the beginning of the year, things have been looking increasingly grim in parts of Oregon and Washington due to a measles outbreak that has affected dozens of people. The disease, which has spread rapidly between individuals who never received their childhood vaccines to prevent it, prompted officials to declare a state of emergency out …