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NASA lays out its plans for building a long-term moon base

NASA lays out its plans for building a long-term moon base

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NASA has released a report detailing how it intends to set up a base on the moon, and from there send astronauts to explore Mars as part of its Artemis program. Having a long-term lunar presence would allow more efficient travel to distant parts of the solar system as well as the potential for more…
Fossil trove sheds light on ancient antipodean ecology

Fossil trove sheds light on ancient antipodean ecology

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- Advertisement -    The oldest known animals and plants preserved in amber from Southern Gondwana are reported in Scientific Reports this week. Gondwana, the supercontinent made up of South America, Africa, Madagascar, India, Antarctica and Australia, broke away from the Pangea supercontinent around 200 million years ago. The findings further our understanding of ecology in Australia and…
The coronavirus pandemic is making Earth vibrate less

The coronavirus pandemic is making Earth vibrate less

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Once-crowded city streets are now empty. Highway traffic has slowed to a minimum. And fewer and fewer people can be found milling about outside. Global containment measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus have seemingly made the world much quieter. Scientists are noticing it, too. Around the world, seismologists are observing a lot less…
Space Photos of the Week: Awesome Planets and Ancient Gods

Space Photos of the Week: Awesome Planets and Ancient Gods

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In 1781, astronomer William Herschel discovered a new planet. He wanted to name it Georgian Sidus (George’s Star) after King George III, but all of the other planets in the solar system were named after Roman gods. Fellow astronomer Johanne Bode suggested the name Uranus (a Greek god) would be a better fit, though it…
Columbus area parks officials monitoring use as Ohio closes Hocking Hills State Park over coronavirus

Columbus area parks officials monitoring use as Ohio closes Hocking Hills...

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Dean Narciso The Columbus Dispatch Mark Ferenchik The Columbus Dispatch Saturday Apr 4, 2020 at 12:01 AM Columbus Recreation and Parks has closed playgrounds and now says it is prepared to close popular multi-use trails if they become too crowded for safe distancing. On a busy weekend, Columbus’ multi-use trails are filled with bikes, runners and families, a living, breathing…
Coronavirus tips: 12 ways to help stay safe when you leave the house

Coronavirus tips: 12 ways to help stay safe when you leave...

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Social distancing is important in the grocery store, but so is how you shop. Sarah Tew/CNET For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. Even though you spend most of your day indoors while quarantined at home, chances are you still leave the house to run errands and get…

Photos: Astronauts train to ride a Dragon into space

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If you would like to see more articles like this please support our coverage of the space program by becoming a Spaceflight Now Member. If everyone who enjoys our website helps fund it, we can expand and improve our coverage further. Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, two veteran space shuttle fliers, are gearing up to…
Discovery of Living Microbes Deep Beneath the Seafloor Offers Hope for Life on Mars

Discovery of Living Microbes Deep Beneath the Seafloor Offers Hope for...

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MarsImage: NASA/JPL-CaltechSurprising quantities of bacteria have been found living in clay-rich rocks under the Pacific seafloor. The discovery raises the possibility of equally resilient microbes living deep beneath the surface of Mars.Ancient volcanic rocks beneath the Pacific seafloor provide a habitat for dense clusters of microbial communities, according to a new paper published this week…
When to see the ‘Full Pink Moon,’ the biggest and brightest supermoon of the year

When to see the ‘Full Pink Moon,’ the biggest and brightest...

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Anne Ryman, Arizona Republic Published 3:57 p.m. MT April 3, 2020 | Updated 4:11 p.m. MT April 3, 2020CLOSEWe're all feeling a bit stir-crazy and isolated, and there's perhaps no better time to step outside and take in the night sky. The biggest and brightest moon of 2020, the so-called Full Pink Moon, will make an appearance over three…
NASA chief rallies employees amid coronavirus outbreak as agency faces big summer in space

NASA chief rallies employees amid coronavirus outbreak as agency faces big...

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Home News Spaceflight NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is rallying the troops from his pandemic bunker (AKA his house).In a video message posted online Thursday (April 2), Bridenstine told NASA employees that he knows how tough the coronavirus outbreak, with its attendant school closures and work-from-home mandates, has made life for most of them. Indeed, he…
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