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    The Unsung 3rd Member of the Apollo 11 Crew Reflects on the 50th Anniversary

    On July 21st, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to ever set foot on the moon. The third member of the...

    On July 21st, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to ever set foot on the moon. The third member of the historic Apollo 11 mission was Command Module Pilot, Michael Collins, whose mission was to bring everyone home. In this animated Google Doodle, Collins reflects on the 50th anniversary of the...
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    25 Chemistry Experiments in 15 Minutes [TEDx]

    In his TEDxNewcastle talk, Professor Andrew Szydlo aims to promote chemistry as the science of remarkable changes, which are often overlooked yet so important in...

    In his TEDxNewcastle talk, Professor Andrew Szydlo aims to promote chemistry as the science of remarkable changes, which are often overlooked yet so important in our everyday life. Szydlo is an internationally acclaimed chemistry teacher and holds a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science from UCL, and is an expert on the history...
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    After 41 Years, Voyager 2 Has Just Entered Interstellar Space

    Voyager 2 has fulfilled its fate to leave the heliosphere and become the second interstellar spacecraft after Voyager 1, according a statement from NASA. NASA’s Voyager 2...

    Voyager 2 has fulfilled its fate to leave the heliosphere and become the second interstellar spacecraft after Voyager 1, according a statement from NASA. NASA’s Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere – the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun. The Voyager 2 probe was launched on August 20, 1977, 16...
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    A tiny satellite says goodbye to Mars with gorgeous new photo

    Parting is such sweet sorrow. A farewell photo taken by a tiny satellite shows its final view of Mars as it flew by the red...

    Parting is such sweet sorrow. A farewell photo taken by a tiny satellite shows its final view of Mars as it flew by the red planet on Monday. The satellite — called a cubesat — that took the photo is named MarCO-B and it performed quite the service for humanity before saying goodbye to Mars....
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    Big test coming up for tiny satellites trailing Mars lander

    A pair of tiny experimental satellites trailing NASA’s InSight spacecraft all the way to Mars face their biggest test yet. Their mission: Broadcast immediate news,...

    A pair of tiny experimental satellites trailing NASA’s InSight spacecraft all the way to Mars face their biggest test yet. Their mission: Broadcast immediate news, good or bad, of InSight’s plunge through the Martian atmosphere on Monday. Named WALL-E and EVE after the main characters in the 2008 animated movie, the twin CubeSats will pass...
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    Cosmic Collision Forges Galactic Ring

    How could a galaxy become shaped like a ring? The rim of the blue galaxy pictured on the right is an immense ring-like structure 150,000 light years in diameter...

    How could a galaxy become shaped like a ring? The rim of the blue galaxy pictured on the right is an immense ring-like structure 150,000 light years in diameter composed of newly formed, extremely bright, massive stars. That galaxy, AM 0644-741, is known as a ring galaxyand was caused by an immense galaxy collision. When galaxies collide, they pass through each other...
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    Skygazers on the Beach

    Explanation: Kona, a young boxer, is a dog who loves splashing in the waves along Solana Beach near San Diego, planet Earth. But he paused here, at...

    Explanation: Kona, a young boxer, is a dog who loves splashing in the waves along Solana Beach near San Diego, planet Earth. But he paused here, at least briefly, during an early evening romp on October 7. Along with two people friends he gazes skyward in this snapshot, dazzled by the flight of a Falcon 9 rocket. Their seaside view...
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    A 19-mile-long crack has opened up on the vulnerable Antarctic coast. What’s next?

    Over a matter of days in late September, Stef Lhermitte watched via satellite as a new, massive crack formed along the edge of Antarctica’s Pine...

    Over a matter of days in late September, Stef Lhermitte watched via satellite as a new, massive crack formed along the edge of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier. Just last year that glacier shed a Manhattan-sized slab of ice. But that particular iceberg was relatively small. Lhermitte, a geoscientist specializing in remote sensing at the Netherlands’ Delft...
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    NASA’s Open Source Rover lets you build your own planetary exploration platform

    Got some spare time this weekend? Why not build yourself a working rover from plans provided by NASA?  The spaceniks at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have all...

    Got some spare time this weekend? Why not build yourself a working rover from plans provided by NASA?  The spaceniks at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have all the plans, code, and materials for you to peruse and use — just make sure you’ve got $2,500 and a bit of engineering know-how. This thing isn’t made out of...
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    This Font Will Help You Remember Study Notes, According To Science

    I mean, I’ll try anything. A font designed by psychologists and typography experts could be the answer to your study struggles. Sans Forgetica, a “fundamentally...

    I mean, I’ll try anything. A font designed by psychologists and typography experts could be the answer to your study struggles. Sans Forgetica, a “fundamentally different” type-face, was revealed on Thursday by Melbourne’s RMIT University. Lecturer of typography at RMIT Stephen Banham said the font was unique, as its formulation demonstrated a “clear application of...
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    Putting the Pillars of Creation Into Perspective

    Pillars of Creation is one of the most famous photographs ever taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. In this amended version by reddit user TopalthePilot we get an appreciation...

    Pillars of Creation is one of the most famous photographs ever taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. In this amended version by reddit user TopalthePilot we get an appreciation for their amazing scale. Per Wikipedia: Pillars of Creation are elephant trunks of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula, specifically the Serpens constellation, some 6,500–7,000 light years from Earth. They are so named...
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    World Map of Oceans and Shorelines

    According to the USGS, about 71% of the Earth’s surface is water-covered with oceans holding about 96.5% of all Earth’s water. This inspired a series of...

    According to the USGS, about 71% of the Earth’s surface is water-covered with oceans holding about 96.5% of all Earth’s water. This inspired a series of maps in 1942 by oceanographer and geophysicist Athelstan Frederick Spilhaus which can be found in his book: Atlas of the World with Geophysical Boundaries Showing Oceans, Continents and Tectonic Plates in...
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    Scientists make artificial Martian dirt, will sell it to you for $20

    Scientists don’t expect to get their hands on Martian soil anytime soon, so they’re making their own. Created by University of Central Florida astrophysicists, this...

    Scientists don’t expect to get their hands on Martian soil anytime soon, so they’re making their own. Created by University of Central Florida astrophysicists, this red soil, called Mars “simulant,” is designed to give researchers a useful approximation of the actual, far-off extraterrestrial soil. This might be especially relevant for testing the growth of crops,...
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    Holding Pieces of the Moon and Mars on Earth

    Sarah Hörst, an Assistant Prof of Planetary Science at Johns Hopkins University, recently got to hold a piece of the Moon and Mars in her...

    Sarah Hörst, an Assistant Prof of Planetary Science at Johns Hopkins University, recently got to hold a piece of the Moon and Mars in her hand and shared her excitement on Twitter: For those curious, Sarah also took time to answer some of the most common questions: – The black one is the Martian one, the...