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January 12, 2024
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Space.com

NASA awards another $100 million for private space stations

Blue Origin and Voyager Space got extra funding (and new milestones) for their commercial space station concepts. Comments (0). Artist’s illustration of Orbital Reef, a private space station project involving Blue Origin, Sierra.

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Newfound Earth-size exoplanet has a scorching-hot lava side

The exoplanet orbits a sun-like star called HD 63433, which is located 73 light-years from Earth, at a proximity of around 12% the distance between Mercury and the sun. This is so close that the planet, designated HD 63433 d, completes an orbit in just 4.2 …

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Private Peregrine moon lander’s fuel leak continues to slow

photo showing the silvery insulation of a spacecraft and the blackness of space in the background. Astrobotic posted this selfie, captured by its Peregrine moon lander, on X on Jan. 9 …

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Astronomers accidentally discover ‘dark’ primordial galaxy with no visible stars

The researchers behind the discovery say this galaxy, designated J0613+52, could be “the faintest galaxy found to date.” Interestingly, scientists using the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) discovered the “dark” galaxy through a complete error.

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This huge exoplanet’s comet-like tail is 350000 miles long and scientists are thrilled

The hot Jupiter WASP-69B is trailing a vast tail that’s at least 7 times the width of the planet, scientist say. Comments (0). An alien planet trailing a long comet-like tail around red-orange star. The strange alien planet WASP-69b is trailing a huge …

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The New York Times

A Science Writer Gets Personal

In a series of revealing essays, the NPR contributor Nell Greenfieldboyce views the events of her life through the lens of natural phenomena.

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Space.com

At last! NASA finally frees lid of asteroid Bennu sample capsule after battling stuck fasteners

The asteroid samples aboard NASA’s OSIRIS-REx landed in September, but 2 stuck fasteners kept them locked tight. Comments (0). A scientist in clean room suit attaches tool in glove box on asteroid sample capsule. NASA OSIRIS-REx curation engineer …

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CNN

NASA unlocks remainder of asteroid sample trapped behind stuck fasteners

The OSIRIS-REx curation team is shown on January 10, attempting to remove one of the fasteners that prohibited the complete opening of the Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism, or TAGSAM, sample head. The instrument contained additional material from …

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CNN

T. rex’s older and equally sizable relative discovered in New Mexico

But Tyrannosaurus mcraeensis’ bones were discovered decades before the creature officially got its scientific name. About one-quarter of its fossilized skull was found over the course of the 1980s and early ’90s in an area now known as Elephant Butte, New …

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CBS News

T. rex fossil unearthed decades ago is older, more primitive relative of iconic dinosaur, scientists say

The Tyrannosaurus rex seemingly came out of nowhere tens of millions of years ago, with its monstrous teeth and powerful jaws dominating the end of the age of the dinosaurs. How it came to be is among the many mysteries that paleontologists have long …

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