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Surprising astronomers, Bennu spits plumes of dust into space

5 days ago from Sciencenews.org

Bennu spews dust from its rocky surface, which may be a new kind of asteroid activity.

OneWeb starts to mass-produce satellites in Florida

5 days ago from UPI

In OneWeb Satellites' new manufacturing plant, the first few mass-produced satellites ever to be built in Florida have started to come together.

OSIRIS-REx spies on the weird, wild gravity of an asteroid

5 days ago from Physorg

Research led by the University of Colorado Boulder is revealing the Alice in Wonderland-like physics that govern gravity near the surface of the asteroid Bennu.

Water-bearing minerals on asteroid Bennu

5 days ago from Science Daily

Astronomers have discovered evidence of abundant water-bearing minerals on the surface of the near-Earth asteroid (101955) Bennu. Using early spectral data from NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft orbiting the asteroid, the team...

NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises

5 days ago from Science @ NASA

Portal origin URL: NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big SurprisesPortal origin nid: 441821Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 12:33Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample...

OSIRIS-REx reveals asteroid Bennu has big surprises

5 days ago from Physorg

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...

Team identifies water-bearing minerals on asteroid Bennu

5 days ago from Physorg

A Southwest Research Institute-led team discovered evidence of abundant water-bearing minerals on the surface of the near-Earth asteroid (101955) Bennu. Using early spectral data from NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft orbiting the...

NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Is Put to the Test

In January, Mars 2020 engineers and technicians took over JPL's cleanroom to put the mission's cruise, entry capsule, descent stage and rover through their paces.

Watch: Penguin wanders into solar farm

5 days ago from UPI

Researchers at an Australian solar farm in Antarctica captured video of an unusual visitor to the facility -- an inquisitive solo penguin.

Watch: Struggling hawk gets a lift from kayaker

5 days ago from UPI

A kayaker off the California coast ended up giving a ride to a red-tailed hawk he spotted struggling to stay above water.

Indians' Trevor Bauer says he has developed a 'plus changeup'

5 days ago from UPI

Cleveland Indians star Trevor Bauer added a 'plus changeup' to his pitching arsenal during the off-season.

Hayabusa2 probes asteroid Ryugu for secrets

5 days ago from Science Daily

The first data received from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft in orbit of asteroid Ryugu helps space scientists explore conditions in the early solar system. The space probe gathered vast amounts of...

Asteroid Ryugu Surprisingly Dry, Japanese Spacecraft Finds

5 days ago from Space.com

A Japanese spacecraft studying the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu beamed home new data revealing that the space rock has less water than scientists expected.

Hayabusa2 helps researchers understand ingredients for life in early solar system

5 days ago from Physorg

The first data received from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft orbiting the asteroid Ryugu is helping space scientists explore conditions in the early solar system. The space probe gathered vast amounts of...

The rise and fall of Ziggy star formation and the rich dust from ancient stars

5 days ago from Physorg

Researchers have detected a radio signal from abundant interstellar dust in MACS0416_Y1, a galaxy 13.2 billion light-years away in the constellation Eridanus. Standard models can't explain this much dust in...

Fermi Satellite clocks 'cannonball' pulsar speeding through space

5 days ago from Physorg

Astronomers found a pulsar hurtling through space at nearly 2.5 million miles an hour—so fast it could travel the distance between Earth and the Moon in just 6 minutes. The...

Image: Saturn at equinox

5 days ago from Physorg

Saturn is famous for its bright, glorious rings but in this picture, taken during Saturn's 2009 equinox, the rings are cast in a different light as sunlight hits the rings...

Issa Rae, Lakeith Stanfield to star in new film 'The Photograph'

5 days ago from UPI

"Insecure" creator Issa Rae and "Atlanta" star Lakeith Stanfield will have leading roles in a new movie from Stella Meghie.

Sneaky Meteor Evades Earthling Detection, Explodes with Force of 10 Atomic Bombs

5 days ago from Space.com

On Dec. 18, 2018, a school bus-size meteor exploded over Earth with an impact energy of roughly 10 atomic bombs. But no one saw it.

Watch: Bryce Harper gets first Phillies hits in Minor League bout

5 days ago from UPI

Bryce Harper got his first hits as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies during a Minor League game in Clearwater, Fla.

Student-led CatSat mission selected by NASA

5 days ago from Physorg

An inflatable space antenna designed by University of Arizona students is one of 16 small research satellites from 10 states NASA has selected to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard space...

Which habitable zones are the best to actually search for life?

5 days ago from Physorg

Looking to the future, NASA and other space agencies have high hopes for the field of extra-solar planet research. In the past decade, the number of known exoplanets has reached...

Carbon monoxide detectors could warn of extraterrestrial life

5 days ago from Science Daily

Scientists have used computer models of chemistry in the biosphere and atmosphere to identify two intriguing scenarios in which carbon monoxide readily accumulates in the atmospheres of living planets. The...

Rhea Seehorn, Michael McKean to guest star in 'Veep' Season 7

5 days ago from UPI

"Better Call Saul" stars Rhea Seehorn and Michael McKean and "Review" creator Andrew Daly will appear in the final season of "Veep."

Jupiter's Great Red Spot: A 300-year-old cyclone persists but is shrinking

5 days ago from Physorg

The Great Red Spot, a storm larger than the Earth and powerful enough to tear apart smaller storms that get drawn into it, is one of the most recognizable features...

Last supermoon of the year starts tonight

5 days ago from CBSNews - Science

The "super worm equinox moon" follows two other supermoons that occurred in January and February

White Sox's Adam Engel robs Giants' Pablo Sandoval of homer

5 days ago from UPI

Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Engel reached high above the outfield wall to steal a homer from Pablo Sandoval during a loss to the San Francisco Giants.

NHL reinstates Nashville Predators' Austin Watson from suspension

5 days ago from UPI

The NHL reinstated Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson to the team's active roster, the league announced Monday.