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NASA is paying SpaceX $ 69M to crash a rocket into an asteroid

NASA today awarded SpaceX a $ 69 million contract to redirect an asteroid off its intended path. The mission, called the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), uses a technique known as a kinetic impactor. It involves sending one or more high-speed spacecraft into the path of an approaching near-earth object – in this case, an asteroid. If successful, the rocket …

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Possibly 2nd Planet Spotted Around Proxima Centauri

BERKELEY, Calif. – The closest exoplanet on Earth can have neighbors. Astronomers discovered a planetary candidate surrounding the star of Proxima Centauri, a dark red dwarf with only 4.2 light years from our solar system. The proxima is known to host a world, an almost planet Earth size called Proxima b . Thus, the potential sibling world is Proxima c. …

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NASA Twins Study: Spaceflight changes the human body, but only temporarily

Spaceflight alters the expression of the gene One of the most intriguing results from the Twins Study came from investigating how the gene expression (or epigenetics) changed during the mission. Led by Chris Mason of Weill Cornell Medicine, researchers conducted the entire genome sequencing to identify the chemical changes that had occurred in the DNA and RNA of the twins. …

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Internet trolls have tried to credit a white man for black image holes

Bouman, 29, created one of the algorithms that led to the groundbreaking black hole image. He also helped with the development of imaging and verification processes. However, an ugly corner of the internet tried to downplay Bouman's role and began to spread to posts claiming that Andrew Chael – a white male scientist – was actually the brain behind project. …

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Engineers have detailed glitches that caused Beresheet to throw in the moon

Engineers on Friday released preliminary data about what they believed to have been wrong in the last hours of the Beresheet flight, one day after the Israeli spacecraft crash-arrived on the moon. Engineers believe that a technical glitch – probably in part that measures the surface-related spacecraft altitude – triggers a chain reaction of events caused by the main spacecraft …

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Lockheed Martin offers architecture for 2024 human lunar landing

COLORADO SPRINGS – Lockheed Martin says it has developed an approach to achieving the goal of landing humans on the south pole of the moon by 2024, but warns that construction of essential hardware would have to start soon to meet that deadline. ] In a briefing at the 35th Space Symposium here April 10, company officials said they can …

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