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Archive for October 23rd, 2020

NASA asteroid probe is overflowing with space-rock samples

October 23rd, 2020 by

OSIRIS-REx snagged so much dirt and rock from the asteroid Bennu on Tuesday that the probe’s sampling mechanism didn’t close properly, allowing some of the collected material to escape into space.

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See the ‘Demon Star’ Algol wink in the night sky this week

October 23rd, 2020 by

Algol, also known as the Demon Star, is quite possibly the most interesting star in the fall and winter skies, if you know when to look for its brightness changes.

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SpaceX stacks Starship SN8 prototype ahead of epic test flight

October 23rd, 2020 by

SpaceX’s latest Starship prototype has been stacked in preparation for an ambitious test flight that will take the vehicle far higher than any of its predecessors have gone.

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‘The Right Stuff’ recap: We’ve got a lot of catching up to do (‘Advent’)

October 23rd, 2020 by

The moon comes into focus in the fourth episode of National Geographic’s “The Right Stuff” on Disney Plus.

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US astronaut votes early from space station

October 23rd, 2020 by

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins shared her voting selfie from orbit after stating before her launch earlier this month that she would cast her ballot from the International Space Station.

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Black holes could become massive particle accelerators

October 23rd, 2020 by

Physicists suggest harnessing the gravitational pull of black holes to create ferocious particle accelerators. The trick? Carefully set everything up so the particles don’t get lost forever.

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