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First satellites for Musk's Starlink internet venture launched into orbit

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SpaceX, the private rocket company of high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched the first batch of 60 small satellites into low-Earth orbit on Thursday for Musk's new Starlink internet service.

Seven things we’ve learned about Ultima Thule, the farthest place visited by humans

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About a billion miles more distant than Pluto is Ultima Thule, a peanut-shaped object in the outer solar system that’s the farthest place ever visited by humans. NASA’s New Horizons...

The Universe’s First Molecule Is Found at Last

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Portal origin URL: The Universe’s First Molecule Is Found at LastPortal origin nid: 443650Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 13:00Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: Scientists detected the first type of molecule...

New Planetary Protection Board to Review Guidelines for Future Solar System and Beyond Exploration

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Following National Academy of Sciences recommendations, advice from the NASA Advisory Council, and subsequent unanimous agreement from NASA’s science leadership, the agency has established an independent Planetary Protection Review Board...

NASA Scientist Receives Patent for Innovative Technique for Measuring Space Weather Phenomena

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Mission-Saving NASA Instrument Secures New Flight Opportunity; Slated for Significant Upgrade

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Portal origin URL: Mission-Saving NASA Instrument Secures New Flight Opportunity; Slated for Significant UpgradePortal origin nid: 445257Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 09:42Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: The miniaturized fluxgate...

NASA Invites Public to Submit Names to Fly Aboard Next Mars Rover

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Comet Provides New Clues to Origins of Earth’s Oceans

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Harvard’s Houghton Library includes NASA artifacts in Apollo exhibit

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As the 17th century’s most famous Italian astronomer surveyed the heavens, he likely never dreamed a rocket shooting fire would one day power people up among the stars he eyed through his...

TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets could harbour significant amounts of water

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All seven worlds circling a red dwarf could be habitable, say astronomers

Chemists explore the periodic table's actinide frontier

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Investigations of the table's shadowy realms are enjoying a renaissance

Counting cells in the waters under Antarctica

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A microfluidic cell counter dives under the Antarctic ice shelf as a rehearsal for places like Jupiter's moon Europa

Small biochemical changes after year in space

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Twin astronauts show space travel can induce genetic changes

La contaminación de aire mata 780.000 personas en África cada año

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El estudio de modelos de la NASA sugiere que las tormentas de polvo en el Sahara son las principales responsables

Podcast: Scientists share what it takes to make a superheavy element

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Inspired by a recent periodic table–themed pub trivia event, Stereo Chemistry explores the stories behind isolating some of the heaviest elements known

Glow discharge source brings high resolving power to elemental mass spectrometry

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Combination of microplasma ionization source and Orbitrap mass analyzer yields resolving powers in excess of 1 million

Vladimir Ipatieff is the catalysis superhero you've never heard of

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Russian-born scientist revolutionized chemistry by helping launch heterogeneous catalysis more than a century ago. Today, hardly anyone knows his name

Vertex and Kymera explore new protein-degradation targets

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The deal expands Kymera's scope beyond oncology and immunology

Spherical flames in space could solve the mystery of soot-free fires

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In microgravity, flames are sphere-shaped. Tests of fire on the International Space Station are helping show how gases flow within flames.

Big black holes can settle in the outskirts of small galaxies

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Astronomers have found dozens of surprisingly massive black holes far from the centers of their host dwarf galaxies.

Telescopes photograph a black hole for the first time

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The first image of a black hole has been released by scientists. Telescopes captured the image from 55 million light-years away. CBS News space consultant Bill Harwood joins CBSN to...

Scientists reveal first picture of a black hole

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Scientists on Wednesday showed off the first picture of a black hole. Its gravity is so powerful, nothing escapes, not even light. Mark Strassmann explains.

Black hole image reveals cosmic first: "Our jaws dropped"

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For the first time, we are seeing an image of one of the most mysterious corners of the universe: a black hole with 6.5 billion times the mass of our...

"Marfa Martians" sending science experiment to space

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A group of 10 and 11-year-old students from Marfa, Texas, decided to reach for the stars and enter a nationwide science contest. Now the "Marfa Martians," as they're known, will...

Universe is younger and expanding faster than previously thought

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CBS News contributor and physicist Michio Kaku joins CBSN's Elaine Quijano to discuss a new study that says the universe is younger and expanding faster than previously thought.

Chandra finds stellar duos banished from galaxies

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Scientists have found evidence that pairs of stars have been kicked out of their host galaxies. This discovery, made using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, is one of the...

EU/ESA Space Council

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The 9th high-level EU/ESA Space Council, with the theme 'Space as an enabler', took place on Tuesday, 28 May. Watch a replay of the press conference.

Mars vision

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Space Science Image of the Week: These filters for the ExoMars rover cameras will give us our science eyes on Mars