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Parker Solar Probe sends back Sun data from its closest-ever approach

Parker Solar Probe sends back Sun data from its closest-ever approach

NASA mission scientists have recently been on the receiving end of data gathered by the Parker Solar Probe during its closest-ever solar approach last month. Four researchers with the space agency shared some information about the mission at the 2018 American Geophysical Union meeting today, revealing that they expect to be surprised by some of the probe's future discoveries, among other things.

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InSight snaps its first selfie and shows off its workspace

InSight snaps its first selfie and shows off its workspace

NASA's InSight spacecraft has only been on the surface of the Red Planet for a short while, and already it has shown off some cool photos and first ever facts about Mars. Earlier this week InSight sent NASA its first ever Mars wind recording. We've also seen an image of the spacecraft readying its robotic arm.

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University of Washington scientists create tiny sensor package that bees can carry

University of Washington scientists create tiny sensor package that bees can carry

Keeping an eye on crops is getting to be a high tech job for farmers. Already farmers can use drones to fly over their fields and keep an eye on the temperature, humidity, and crop health. The catch is that the large drones have short flying times before they need to land and recharge. This has led researchers at the University of Washington (UW) to create a tiny sensing system that is small enough to be attached to the back of a bumblebee.

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Scientists just created tiny specs of ultra-hot early universe matter

Scientists just created tiny specs of ultra-hot early universe matter

Scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder have been able to create what they call tiny droplets of the ultra-hot matter that once filled the early universe. The matter they created formed three distinct shapes and sizes including circles, ellipses, and triangles. The image below is a visualization of the expanding drops of quark gluon plasmas.

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UB scientists make lava and douse it with water for science

UB scientists make lava and douse it with water for science

Scientists from the University at Buffalo or UB are working to better understand volcanos. The process of gaining understanding involves creating lava and then blowing it up with the goal of illustrating the physics of lava-water interactions. The interaction of water and lava can make volcanic eruptions more dangerous.

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NASA OSIRIS-REx finds water on Bennu asteroid within days of arrival

NASA OSIRIS-REx finds water on Bennu asteroid within days of arrival

On December 3, NASA announced that its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft had successfully arrived as the asteroid called Bennu, kicking off a mission that will last two years. The spacecraft has only been at the asteroid for a week, but its observations already include a big discovery: the presence of water on the space rock.

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NASA Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space 11 billion miles from Earth

NASA Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space 11 billion miles from Earth

In October, NASA revealed that its Voyager 2 probe, which was launched in 1977, had started to detect an increase in cosmic rays from beyond our Solar System. The space agency said the change hinted at the possibility of nearing interstellar space, something it has now confirmed a little over a month later. The Voyager 2's arrival in interstellar space comes a handful of years after Voyager 1's own similar achievement.

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MIT engineers create 3D transistors half the width of the smallest transistors available today

MIT engineers create 3D transistors half the width of the smallest transistors available today

MIT has announced an engineering breakthrough that has resulted in the smallest 3D transistors ever created. These new MIT transistors are half the width of the slimmest commercial models available today. MIT worked with the University of Colorado on this new transistor.

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Chang’e-4 Lunar probe is on its way to the moon

Chang’e-4 Lunar probe is on its way to the moon

Last week we talked about the Chinese Chang'e-4 lunar probe that China was set to launch to study the far side of the moon. The probe launched in the early hours of Saturday morning and that lunch went off without a hitch. China sent the probe towards the moon atop a Long March-3B rocket.

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NASA shares first ever recording of Mars wind courtesy of InSight

NASA shares first ever recording of Mars wind courtesy of InSight

Humanity has been provided with a recording of winds on Mars for the first time ever thanks to NASA's newly deployed InSight rover. The vehicle arrived on Mars in November, successfully landing after months of travel to the Red Planet. NASA shared two copies of the wind recording, one as it was captured and another adjusted for playback on phones and laptops.

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NASA shares an image of InSight readying its robotic arm

NASA shares an image of InSight readying its robotic arm

In late November NASA shared the first image InSight took of its Martian surroundings. NASA is now sharing a picture of InSight as it gets ready to use its robotic arm to get to work. The arm has a reach of about 6-feet and is meant to pick up science instruments from the deck of the lander.

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China’s Chang’e 4 mission to the far side of the moon is a go

China’s Chang’e 4 mission to the far side of the moon is a go

China is set to launch its next mission to the moon; it sent the Chang'e 3 mission to the moon back in 2013. The next mission is Chang'e 4, and it is set to launch early Saturday morning. The goal of this mission is to land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon.

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