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NASA has dropped spacecraft into orbit around the potentially dangerous asteroid Bennu

NASA / Goddard Visiting a distant, cold-looking globe that looked like a snowman certainly had space enthusiasts enlightened in the early days of 2019, but some others NASA's more historical news goes through the last hours of 2018 – and this can only be revealed about our solar system. Asteroid-chasing OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) contains …

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Catastrophic galactic collision could send Solar System flying into space

New research led by astrophysicists at Durham University, UK, predicts that the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) could hit the Milky Way in two billion years' time. The collision could occur much earlier than the predicted impact between the Milky Way and another neighboring galaxy, Andromeda, which scientists say will hit our galaxy in eight billion years. The catastrophic coming together …

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The Moon has a distant part, not a dark one

China now has two history-making robots that send pictures from a place of the Moon where the man has never been before. The edge of the Moon is far and mysterious, but, despite the pop culture talks on the contrary, it's not always dark. In fact, after touching the moon's surface, the probe sent a snapshot of his new home …

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A new way to genetically tweak photosynthesis boosts plant growth

A genetic hack to make photosynthesis more effectively can be a promise for agricultural production, at least for some plants. This work of genetic engineering simplifies a complex, expensive energy operation that many plants must perform during photosynthesis known as photorespiration. In field tests, genetically modified tobacco in this way increased plant growth by more than 40 percent. If it …

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The quadrantid meteor shower is peak tonight

It was written to the stars! The annual Quadrantid meteor shower, which can produce as many as 200 meteors per hour, is peak Thursday night, according to NASA. The spectacular show, which cares for the sky every January, is expected to reach between 9 pm and 10 pm EST Thursday, according to the International Meteor Organization. The shower is short …

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