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Scientists are trying to make ISS bathroom less disgusting


In a new paper published in Frontiers in Microbiology, researchers describe the testing of a new coating made of silver and ruthenium, a platinum derivative. Elements like silver have been shown to kill off microorganisms with great efficiency and silver coils are used in a variety of applications, such as water cooling, to prevent the […]

Final supermoon of the year is coinciding with spring equinox


Sky-gazers ready for a stellar doubleheader. The third and final supermoon of 2019 will premier in the night sky March 20th — only four hours after the spring equinox, marking the first time these astronomical events have occurred on the same day since March 1981. Nicknamed the Full Worm Moon, the lunar show will close […]

March 20 Worm Moon: How to see last supermoon of 2019 on spring equinox


Sky-gazers ready for a stellar doubleheader. The third and final supermoon of 2019 will premier in the night sky March 20th — only four hours after the spring equinox, marking the first time these astronomical events have occurred on the same day since March 1981. Nicknamed the Full Worm Moon, the lunar show will close […]

Japan to drop explosive on asteroid to find origin of solar system


TOKYO — Japan’s space agency said Monday that its Hayabusa2 spacecraft will follow up last month’s touchdown on a distant asteroid with another risky mission — dropping an explosive on the asteroid to make a crater and then collect underground samples for possible clues to the origin of the solar system. Hayabusa2 made history on […]

NASA’s new moon rocket won’t be ready for 2020 launch


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s top official says the space agency’s new rocket won’t be ready for a moon shot next year. Administrator Jim Bridenstine told a Senate committee Wednesday he’s considering switching to commercial rockets to preserve the June 2020 launch date. Bridenstine says two commercial rockets would be needed, one to launch the […]

NASA boss says first person on Mars will ‘absolutely’ be female


The administrator of NASA is anticipating that the next person to visit the moon — and the first person who will visit Mars — will be a woman. Speaking on “Science Friday,” a weekly radio talk show, Jim Bridenstine said that a female will “absolutely” make mankind’s first footsteps on the “red planet.” “The answer […]

‘Unusual’ cloud sends conspiracy theorists into frenzy


An incredible cloud phenomenon appearing to stretch thousands of miles across the Earth has sent conspiracy theorists into a frenzy. The cloud resembles a contrail emitted by an airplane but is much longer, seemingly reaching from pole to pole. It was spotted this week by an eagle-eyed space fan watching a public live feed from […]

Colossal asteroid set to travel by Earth on Friday, NASA says we will be fine


You’ll be happy to know that doomsday won’t be happening any day this week. While it is true that a giant space rock is set to travel by Earth this Friday, March 8, humanity has nothing to fear. The mega asteroid, 2019 DN, measures between 298 and 656 feet wide, according to NASA, but it […]

Astronomers discover new farthest-ever object


It wasn’t long ago that astronomers detected the presence of what was then considered the most distant object in our solar system. The object, called 2018 VG18, was given the fitting nickname of “FarOut” by the researchers that discovered it. Unfortunately, the thing about naming space objects is that eventually, someone will find one that […]

New Mars images show red planet’s ancient waterways


Mars, as we know it today, is a dusty, dried-up ball of rock with a little bit of ice here and there. But things were much different a long time ago. Through the various missions undertaken by NASA and the European Space Agency, we’ve known for a while now that Mars once had a whole […]

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