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June 7, 2021

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Space.com

Venus is getting some long-overdue love. On Wednesday (June 2), NASA announced that it will launch two missions to Earth’s hellishly hot sister planet by 2030 — an orbiter called VERITAS and an atmospheric probe known as DAVINCI+. The duo will break …

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Space.com

Chemicals released as defunct satellites burn in the atmosphere could damage Earth’s protective ozone layer if plans to build megaconstellations of tens of thousands of satellites, such as SpaceX’s Starlink, go ahead as foreseen, scientists warn.

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Space.com

A NASA spacecraft made the closest flyby of Jupiter’s largest moon in 21 years on Monday (June 7). Juno whizzed by the icy moon of Ganymede safely at an altitude of just 645 miles (1,000 kilometers) at 12:56 p.m. EDT (1656 GMT). But we won’t get any …

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The New York Times

Australotitan cooperensis, a long-necked herbivore from the Cretaceous period, is estimated to have weighed 70 tons, measured two stories tall and extended the length of a basketball court.

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USA TODAY

Jeff Bezos’ first move after formally stepping down as CEO of Amazon? A trip to space. The founder of the retailing giant confirmed Monday he and his brother, Mark, will ride on the first human flight of New Shepard, a suborbital rocket system developed by his …

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CNN

(CNN) The aurora borealis, or northern lights, could easily be described as Earth’s greatest light show. A phenomenon that’s exclusive to the higher latitudes has had scientists in awe and wonder for centuries. The mystery surrounding what causes the …

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Slate Magazine

On June 2, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced the next two mission selections for the space agency’s Discovery Program—which uses relatively small (compared with, say, broader New Horizons or flagship programs) missions to “unlock the mysteries …

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Phys.Org

“We call them ‘open clusters’—the ‘open’ part refers to the expectation that these things formed in a much denser group that then dispersed,” said Luke Bouma, a graduate student in astrophysical sciences at Princeton and the lead author on an upcoming paper …

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Phys.Org

MIT engineers have discovered a new way of generating electricity using tiny carbon particles that can create a current simply by interacting with liquid surrounding them. The liquid, an organic solvent, draws electrons out of the particles, generating a current …

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Phys.Org

The variation in the form of the CaB as a function of energy and density can be seen for four different scenarios for its production. Finding any one of these would help answer the fundamental questions listed. Credit: Dror et al.

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