The Apollo 11 lunar module shows the stainless steel dedication plaque. The signatures are of the three Apollo 11 crew members and President Richard Nixon. NASA

Apollo 11 brought a message of peace to the Moon – but Neil and Buzz almost forgot to leave it behind

Apollo 11 brought a message of peace to the Moon – but Neil and Buzz almost forgot to leave it behind President Richard M. Nixon welcomes the Apollo 11 astronauts aboard the USS Hornet, the recovery ship for the mission, where they are quarantined. From left to right: Neil A.…

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Reforesting an area the size of the US needed to help avert climate breakdown, say researchers – are they right?

Reforesting an area the size of the US needed to help avert climate breakdown, say researchers – are they right? Inga Linder/Shutterstock Mark Maslin, UCL and Simon Lewis, UCL Restoring the world’s forests on an unprecedented scale is “the best climate change solution available”, according to a new study. The…

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This view of asteroid Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on January 19 was created by combining two images taken on board NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Other image processing techniques were also applied, such as cropping and adjusting the brightness and contrast of each image. Credits: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin

NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises

NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023 made the first-ever close-up observations of particle plumes erupting from an asteroid’s surface. Source: NASA

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Mars dust storm in motion, images captured by the Visual Monitoring Camera onboard ESA’s Mars Express covers about 70 minutes of motion as a dust storm moves along the north polar ice cap of Mars on 29 May 2019. The storm moved with an approximate speed of 20 m/s. The polar ice cap covers much of the left of the image while the storm is seen on the right. Released 04/07/2019 2:00 pm, Copyright ESA/GCP/UPV/EHU Bilbao

Dust storms swirl at the north pole of Mars

Dust storms swirl at the north pole of Mars ESA’s Mars Express has been keeping an eye on local and regional dust storms brewing at the north pole of the Red Planet over the last month, watching as they disperse towards the equator. Source: ESA Powered by WPeMatico

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Plan view of Aurorae Chaos, Released 27/06/2019 11:00 am This image from ESA’s Mars Express shows Aurorae Chaos, a large area of chaotic terrain located in the Margaritifer Terra region on Mars, and comprises data gathered on 31 October 2018 during orbit 18765. Copyright ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

A chaos found only on Mars

A chaos found only on Mars The cracked, uneven, jumbled landscape seen in this image from ESA’s Mars Express forms an intriguing type of terrain that cannot be found on Earth: chaotic terrain. Source: ESA Powered by WPeMatico

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The Flint Hills Resources oil refinery, near downtown Houston. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Fossil fuels are bad for your health and harmful in many ways besides climate change

Fossil fuels are bad for your health and harmful in many ways besides climate change The Flint Hills Resources oil refinery, near downtown Houston. AP Photo/David J. Phillip Noel Healy, Salem State University; Jennie C. Stephens, Northeastern University, and Stephanie Malin, Colorado State University Many Democratic lawmakers aim to pass…

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12.05.11 - This artist's conception illustrates Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. It is the first planet that NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed to orbit in a star's habitable zone - the region around a star where liquid water, a requirement for life on Earth, could persist. The planet is 2.4 times the size of Earth, making it the smallest yet found to orbit in the middle of the habitable zone of a star like our sun. Scientists do not yet know if the planet has a predominantly rocky, gaseous or liquid composition. It's possible that the world would have clouds in its atmosphere, as depicted here in the artist's interpretation. Read more about the discovery here: https://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/events/2011/kepscicon-presskit.html. Image credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech

Curious Kids: why has nobody found any life outside of Earth?

Curious Kids: why has nobody found any life outside of Earth? An artist’s impression of Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. It is the first planet that NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed to orbit in a star’s habitable zone – the…

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The bullet cluster. NASA/CXC/M. Weiss

Dark matter may not actually exist – and our alternative theory can be put to the test

Dark matter may not actually exist – and our alternative theory can be put to the test The bullet cluster. NASA/CXC/M. Weiss Juri Smirnov, University of Southern Denmark Scientists have been searching for “dark matter” – an unknown and invisible substance thought to make up the vast majority of matter…

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credit: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Florence/G.Risaliti & E.Lusso

Astronomers Find Dark Energy May Vary Over Cosmic Time

A new study using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA’s XMM-Newton suggests that dark energy may have varied over cosmic time, as reported in our latest press release. This artist’s illustration helps explain how astronomers tracked the effects of dark energy to about one billion years after the…

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An "anvil" storm cloud in the Midwestern U.S. Credits: UCAR

Warming Seas May Increase Frequency of Extreme Storms

A new NASA study shows that warming of the tropical oceans due to climate change could lead to a substantial increase in the frequency of extreme rain storms by the end of the century. The study team, led by Hartmut Aumann of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, combed…

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NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Tracks Giant Jupiter Storms

A giant, spiraling storm in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere is captured in this animation from NASA’s Juno spacecraft. The storm is approximately 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) across. The counterclockwise motion of the storm, called Oval BA, is clearly on display. A similar rotation can be seen in the famous Great Red…

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In this illustration of a newly discovered black hole named MAXI J1820+070, a black hole pulls material off a neighboring star and into an accretion disk. Above the disk is a region of subatomic particles called the corona. Credit: Aurore Simonnet and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA’s NICER Mission measure light echoes from New Black Hole

Scientists have charted the environment surrounding a stellar-mass black hole that is 10 times the mass of the Sun using NASA’s Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) payload aboard the International Space Station. NICER detected X-ray light from the recently discovered black hole, called MAXI J1820+070 (J1820 for short), as…

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A recent Hubble Space Telescope view reveals Uranus surrounded by its four major rings and by 10 of its 17 known satellites. This false-color image was generated by Erich Karkoschka using data taken on August 8, 1998, with Hubble's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/STScI

How did Uranus end up on its side? We’ve been finding out

How did Uranus end up on its side? We’ve been finding out Uranus seen in this false-color view from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. NASA Jacob Kegerreis, Durham University Uranus is arguably the most mysterious planet in the solar system – we know very little about it. So far, we have…

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Oblique view of Larmor Q crater, looking east-to-west. [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].

What the moon’s craters reveal about the Earth’s history

What the moon’s craters reveal about the Earth’s history Studying craters on the moon can shed light on the Earth’s history. Alex Parker, Southwest Research Institute, Author provided Sara Mazrouei, University of Toronto Most scientists believe the rate at which the moon and Earth have been bombarded by meteorites has…

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