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[l] at 9/28/20 8:49pm

A new study authored by Southwest Research Institute scientists Rodrigo Leiva and Marc Buie reveals the binary nature of a trans-Neptunian object (TNO).

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Asteroids, Trans-Neptunian Object]

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[l] at 9/28/20 8:49pm

Eight months after the space telescope CHEOPS started its journey into space, the first scientific publication using data from CHEOPS has been issued.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, Exoplanets]

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[l] at 9/28/20 8:11pm

Scientists have offered new insights into the origin of diamonds in ureilites (a group of stony meteorites).

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Meteorites, Meteorite]

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[l] at 9/27/20 9:12pm

Researchers have shaken up a once accepted timeline for cataclysmic events in the early solar system. About 4.5 Ga (giga-anum, or billion years ago), as a large disc of dust and ice collapsed around our newly formed star, planets and smaller celestial bodies were formed.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Asteroids, Asteroids]

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[l] at 9/27/20 9:12pm

The Chang'e-4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the Moon on 3 January 2019, with a German instrument for measuring space radiation on board.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Moon, Chang'e-4, Moon]

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[l] at 9/27/20 9:12pm

"There's a huge difference between the modern elemental makeup of the Earth and Moon and we wanted to know why," said NASA planetary scientist Justin Simon. "Now, we know that the Moon was very different from the start, and it's probably because of the 'Giant Impact' theory."

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Moon, Moon]

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[l] at 9/27/20 9:12pm

Computer simulations are showing astrophysicists how massive clumps of gas within galaxies scatter some stars from their orbits, eventually creating the smooth, exponential fade in the brightness of many galaxy disks.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, Astronomy]

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[l] at 9/27/20 6:16am

An update to plans for Artemis, the next space station crew trains for its mission, and collaboration in the interest of space ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: NASA, This Week at NASA]

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[l] at 9/26/20 9:30am

NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 63]

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[l] at 9/25/20 8:51am

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the Tarawa Atoll in the Republic of Kiribati - a remote Pacific nation threatened by rising seas.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: Earth, Earth from Space, Kiribati, Tarawa]

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[l] at 9/25/20 8:51am

October is shaping up to be a busy traffic period as the International Space Station gears up for a space delivery, a crew exchange and a commercial crew mission.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 63, Expedition 64]

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[l] at 9/24/20 9:40pm

Painting of the U.S. flag continues on the 525-foot-tall Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASAâs Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sept. 17, 2020.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: OnOrbit, VAB]

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[l] at 9/24/20 9:40pm

Karl Hasenstein, the principal investigator for the Plant Habitat-02, or PH-02, plants radish seeds in seed carriers for the Addvanced Plant Habitat (APH) in the Space Life Sciences Lab at Kennedy Space Center on Sept. 23, 2020.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Space Life Science, Space biology]

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[l] at 9/24/20 9:40pm

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided an infrared image of Post-tropical cyclone Teddy over the province of Newfoundland, Canada in the early morning hours of Sept. 24.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Earth, Tropical Storm, Tropical storm]

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[l] at 9/24/20 9:40pm

At the south pole of Jupiter lurks a striking sight--even for a gas giant planet covered in colorful bands that sports a red spot larger than the earth.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Jupiter, Jupiter]

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[l] at 9/24/20 9:40pm

When a star like the Sun runs out of fuel, it expands and its outer layers puff off, and then the core of the star shrinks.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, Nebulae, Helix Nebula]

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[l] at 9/23/20 8:14pm

This oblique view of Houston, Texas, was taken from the International Space Station as it orbited above northern Louisiana.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: OnOrbit, Houston]

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[l] at 9/23/20 8:14pm

A new chronology for the moons of Saturn has been developed by Planetary Science Institute Associate Research Scientist Samuel W. Bell.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Saturn, Mimas]

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[l] at 9/22/20 9:28pm

Jupiter's volcanically active moon Io casts its shadow on the planet in this dramatic image from NASA's Juno spacecraft.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Jupiter, Io, Io, Jupiter]

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[l] at 9/22/20 9:28pm

A small near-Earth asteroid (or NEA) will briefly visit Earth's neighborhood on Thursday, Sept. 24, zooming past at a distance of about 13,000 miles (22,000 kilometers) above our planet's surface.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Asteroids, 2020 SW]

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[l] at 9/22/20 9:28pm

In a delightful alignment of astronomy and mathematics, scientists at MIT and elsewhere have discovered a "pi Earth" -- an Earth-sized planet that zips around its star every 3.14 days, in an orbit reminiscent of the universal mathematics constant.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Exoplanets, K2-315b]

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[l] at 9/21/20 9:57pm

Data from NASA instruments aboard the ESA (European Space Agency) Rosetta mission have helped reveal that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has its own far-ultraviolet aurora.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Comets, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko]

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[l] at 9/21/20 9:57pm

In an interplanetary faux pas, it appears some pieces of asteroid Vesta ended up on asteroid Bennu, according to observations from NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Asteroids, Bennu]

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[l] at 9/21/20 9:57pm

The asteroid Ryugu may look like a solid piece of rock, but it's more accurate to liken it to an orbiting pile of rubble.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Asteroids, Ryugu]

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[l] at 9/20/20 8:11pm

Technicians with NASA's Exploration Ground Systems rehearse booster stacking operations inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sept. 14, 2020, in preparation for Artemis I.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: SLS, SLS]

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[l] at 9/20/20 8:11pm

More than 230 years ago astronomer William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus and two of its moons.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Uranus, Uranus]

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[l] at 9/20/20 8:11pm

Solar storm analysis carried out by an army of citizen scientists has helped researchers devise a new and more accurate way of forecasting when Earth will be hit by harmful space weather.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Space Weather, Space Weather]

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[l] at 9/20/20 8:30am

SpaceCast Weekly is a NASA Television broadcast from the Johnson Space Center in Houston featuring stories about NASA's work in human spaceflight.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: Johnson Space Center, NASA, SpaceCast Weekly]

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[l] at 9/20/20 6:43am

Observing a record Atlantic storm season, smoke from western fires seen moving east, and the start of a new solar cycle ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: NASA, This Week at NASA]

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[l] at 9/19/20 8:38am

NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 63]

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[l] at 9/19/20 8:38am

The International Space Station's advanced microgravity research systems continue to be serviced today ensuring innovative results and insights to benefit humans on and off the Earth.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 63]

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[l] at 9/19/20 8:38am

The Expedition 63 crew tended to a variety of science hardware Tuesday servicing the gear and updating software that operates the advanced research devices.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 63]

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[l] at 9/18/20 10:55am

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the Vatnajökull ice cap, in southeast Iceland, in this summery image captured on 6 July 2019.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: Earth, Earth from Space, Iceland, Vatnajökull]

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[l] at 9/18/20 10:55am

Thursday's science schedule aboard the International Space Station focused primarily on DNA and physics research including ongoing Earth photography sessions.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 63]

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[l] at 9/17/20 10:49pm

This latest image of Jupiter, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope on 25 August 2020, was captured when the planet was 653 million kilometres from Earth.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Jupiter, Europa, Jupiter]

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[l] at 9/17/20 10:49pm

The city of Dar Es Salaam, a major commercial port on the Indian Ocean coast of Tanzania, is pictured during an orbital night period as the International Space Station soared above the eastern coast of Africa.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: OnOrbit, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania]

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[l] at 9/17/20 10:49pm

Inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, in preparation for installation on the Artemis I spacecraft, technicians have extended one of the Artemis I solar array wings for inspection on Sept. 10, 2020, to confirm that it unfurled properly and all of the mechanisms functioned as expected.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: OnOrbit, Artemis]

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[l] at 9/17/20 10:49pm

Astronomers present an explanation for the mesmerising shapes of planetary nebulae. The discovery is based on an extraordinary set of observations of stellar winds around ageing stars.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, Astronomy]

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[l] at 9/17/20 10:49pm

An international team of researchers has found that some of the oldest terrain on Venus, known as tesserae, have layering that seems consistent with volcanic activity. The finding could provide insights into the enigmatic planet's geological history.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Venus, Venus]

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[l] at 9/16/20 10:40pm

This nighttime view from the International Space Station looks across the Mediterranean Sea ringed by the coastal city lights of southeastern Europe, the Middle East and north Africa.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: OnOrbit, Earth]

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[l] at 9/16/20 10:40pm

Around 4 billion years ago, the solar system was far less hospitable than we find it now.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Asteroids, Impact events]

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[l] at 9/16/20 10:40pm

An international team of astronomers using NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and retired Spitzer Space Telescope has reported what may be the first intact planet found closely orbiting a white dwarf, the dense leftover of a Sun-like star, only 40% larger than Earth.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, Astronomy]

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[l] at 9/16/20 10:40pm

With almost two decades of mid-infrared (IR) imaging from the largest observatories around the world including the Subaru Telescope, a team of astronomers was able to capture the spiral motion of newly formed dust streaming from the massive and evolved binary star system Wolf-Rayet (WR) 112.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, AStronomy]

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[l] at 9/15/20 11:58pm

Every morning, astronomer Steve Padilla takes a short walk from his home to the base of a tower that soars 150 feet above the ground.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Solar Physics, solar cycle]

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[l] at 9/15/20 11:58pm

Like two galaxies swirling near each other, this nighttime shot from the International Space Station shows the well-lit cities (from left) of Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland and their surrounding suburbs.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: OnOrbit, DC and Baltimore, Washington]

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[l] at 9/15/20 11:06pm

Solar Cycle 25 has begun. During a media event on Tuesday, experts from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discussed their analysis and predictions about the new solar cycle - and how the coming upswing in space weather will impact our lives and technology on Earth, as well as astronauts in space.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Space Weather, Solar cycle]

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[l] at 9/15/20 11:06pm

While the agency's satellites image the wildfires from space, scientists are flying over burn areas, using smoke-penetrating technology to better understand the damage.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Earth, Fires, UAVSAR wildfire flight]

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[l] at 9/15/20 11:06pm

As missions like NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, TESS and Kepler continue to provide insights into the properties of exoplanets (planets around other stars), scientists are increasingly able to piece together what these planets look like, what they are made of, and if they could be habitable or even inhabited.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Exoplanets, exoplanet]

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[l] at 9/14/20 11:19pm

Inagua National Park, part of The Bahamas island nation, is pictured from the International Space Station as it was orbiting above the Atlantic Ocean.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: OnOrbit, Inagua National Park]

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[l] at 9/14/20 11:19pm

During her first mission to space and to the International Space Station, Kate Rubins became the first person to sequence DNA in space.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: International Space Station, ISS]

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[l] at 9/14/20 11:19pm

NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captured two recent images of the United States and both images show that the winds have changed yet again, blowing the smoke from western fires back to the East and crossing the continental U.S.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Earth, Fires, Fires]

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[l] at 9/13/20 10:35pm

Many colorful stars are packed close together in this image of the globular cluster NGC 1805, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, Astronomy]

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[l] at 9/12/20 6:36am

NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 63]

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[l] at 9/11/20 10:48am

This image, captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission, shows the Amazon River meandering through one of the most vital ecosystems in the world - the Amazon rainforest in South America.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: Earth, Amazon River, Earth from Space]

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[l] at 9/11/20 10:48am

As a free-flying, cube-shaped robot dubbed Astrobee zipped through the International Space Station today, the Expedition 63 trio aboard was occupied with upkeep and experiment maintenance tasks.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 63]

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[l] at 9/10/20 10:38pm

The night lights of the southeastern U.S. are pictured as the International Space Station orbited over the Gulf of Mexico.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: OnOrbit, ISS]

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[l] at 9/10/20 10:38pm

Spending long periods of time in space can wreak havoc on space traveler health, including negative effects on metabolism, bone and muscle health, gastrointestinal health, immunity and mental health.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Space Medicine, Gut microbiome]

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[l] at 9/10/20 10:38pm

The "IceCube" neutrino observatory deep in the ice of the South Pole has already brought spectacular new insights into cosmic incidents of extremely high energies.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, Astronomy]

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[l] at 9/10/20 10:38pm

Observations by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have found that something may be missing from the theories of how dark matter behaves.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, Dark Matter, Dark Matter]

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[l] at 9/10/20 8:42am

The three Expedition 63 crewmates continued working on tasks aboard the International Space Station that will not only extend the outpost beyond its current 20-year tenure maximizing science in space, but also facilitate human travel deeper into the solar system.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 63]

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[l] at 9/10/20 8:10am

Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner spent a full day after the holiday weekend on investigations that will help demystify the effects of space on the human body

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 64]

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