Space & Cosmos

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Stashes First Mars Rock Sample

NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars has confirmed the successful collection of its first rock sample. “One down, a lot more…

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On Mars, NASA’s Perseverance Rover Drilled the Rocks It Came For

This time, the rock did not disappear. After a perplexing failure last month, NASA’s latest Mars rover, Perseverance, was able…

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Carolyn Shoemaker, Hunter of Comets and Asteroids, Dies at 92

She obtained a master’s degree in history and political science from Chico State University (now known as California State University,…

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Satellites Spot Oceans Aglow With Trillions of Organisms

The ocean has always glowed. The Greeks and Romans knew of luminous sea creatures as well as the more general…

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Deflecting an Asteroid Before It Hits Earth May Take Multiple Bumps

There’s probably a large space rock out there, somewhere, that has Earth in its cross hairs. Scientists have in fact…

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Saturn’s Rings Are Like a Seismometer That Reveal the Planet’s Core

Saturn’s icy rings are not just aesthetically wondrous marvels. One of them also records a beautiful planetary soundtrack. The planet’s…

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NASA Says an Asteroid Will Have a Close Brush With Earth. But Not Until the 2100s.

An asteroid the size of the Empire State Building has a slight chance of hitting Earth. Don’t worry. You’ll long…

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Watch the Perseids Meteor Shower Peak in Night Skies

All year long as Earth revolves around the sun, it passes through streams of cosmic debris. The resulting meteor showers…

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Toshihide Maskawa, 81, Dies; Nobelist Helped Unlock a Cosmic Mystery

Why did the universe not destroy itself in the Big Bang, in a collision of matter and antimatter? A eureka…

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Virgin Galactic Is Raising the Price of a Ticket to Fly to Space

If you were hoping to buy a ticket to space on one of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space planes, you’ll…

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