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NASA finally picked its landing spot on asteroid Bennu

December 17th, 2019

Earlier this month, NASA revealed the final four would-be landing spots for its OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe. The locations, known as Nightingale, Kingfisher, Osprey, and Sandpiper, represented the areas of the asteroid where the probe would have the best chance at touching down, snagging a sample, and then returning to orbit around the speeding space rock. …

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California beach was just invaded by an army of ‘penis fish’

December 16th, 2019

If there’s one image that perfectly sums up 2019, it’s an idyllic California beach covered in thousands of pink, pulsing “penis fish.” The photo you see above was snapped by one David Ford, who came across the bizarre sight during a recent stroll along Drakes Beach, north of San Francisco. No, it’s not the result …

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NASA’s Juno spacecraft spots massive cyclone on Jupiter

December 16th, 2019

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has been hanging around the mighty gas giant Jupiter for a number of years now, and it’s returned some very interesting observations during its stint there. Since Jupiter is absolutely covered in massive, swirling clouds, it makes sense for Juno to spend a good deal of its time focusing on Jupiter’s weather, …

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SpaceX will send cannabis to the ISS in 2020

December 12th, 2019

The high-flying scientists who devote months and sometimes years of their lives to conducting science in space will be getting a very special package in early 2020. The next SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station will be carrying something with a sketchy legal history: cannabis. Now, before you go imagining astronauts dabbling in …

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The FAA knew the 737 MAX was potentially unsafe

December 12th, 2019

A pair of Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 commercial airliners crashed in the span of just five months between late 2018 and early 2019, claiming hundreds of lives and forcing airlines around the world to ground their own 737 MAX 8 fleets while officials from multiple countries investigate. Now, as Boeing and its airline partners are …