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NASA calls for Apollo stories for 50th anniversary oral history

NASA calls for Apollo stories for 50th anniversary oral history

A historic anniversary for one of the greatest achievements in human history is coming this year. NASA says that July 20, 2019, will be the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. Apollo 11 is the mission that took Neil Armstrong and his fellow astronauts to the moon for the first time in human history.

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SpaceX Starlink satellites shown crammed on a Falcon ready for launch

SpaceX Starlink satellites shown crammed on a Falcon ready for launch

Economic space travel and Mars colonization aren't the only ambitions Elon Musk has for SpaceX. Launching a constellation of Internet-bearing satellites is another and it seems that the company is ready to get that journey started. Not that it has much time left if it wants to stay in the FCC's good graces. The CEO shared on Twitter a view of 60 such Starlink satellites loaded snugly inside a Falcon 9 nosecone, ready for its test launch on Wednesday.

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Virgin Galactic begins move from California to Spaceport America

Virgin Galactic begins move from California to Spaceport America

Private aerospace company Virgin Galactic has announced that it will move its space vehicles and spaceline staff to the company's Spaceport America destination. The change was announced by Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson at an event on Friday, where he said, "New Mexico delivered on its promise to build a world-first and world-class spaceport." The change will take place through the summer.

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Boeing shares Starliner parachute test video ahead of summer launch

Boeing shares Starliner parachute test video ahead of summer launch

Boeing has shared new video clips of parachute tests related to its Starliner spacecraft, providing the public with a behind-the-scenes look at these various sessions. According to the company, the parachute test is part of the overall process to qualify the Starliner's full landing system. The company plans to conduct its first crewed launch later this year.

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Scientists say fish living in the deep, dark ocean can see color

Scientists say fish living in the deep, dark ocean can see color

New research from a team including scientists from the University of Queensland says that the discovery that deep-sea fish can see in color in the dark sheds new light on the evolution of sight in vertebrates, including humans. Scientist Dr. Fabio Cortest says that vertebrates have two types of photoreceptor cells - rods and cones - that allow sight.

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NASA’s Spitzer finds early galaxies are brighter than expected

NASA’s Spitzer finds early galaxies are brighter than expected

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed that some of the universe's earliest galaxies are brighter than expected. The extra light is said to be a byproduct of the galaxies releasing incredibly high amounts of ionizing radiation. NASA says that the finding sheds light on the cause of the Epoch of Reionization described as a major cosmic event that turned the universe from mostly opaque to the bright and star-filled place we know today.

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Blue Origin unveils lunar lander ‘Blue Moon’ and BE-7 rocket engine

Blue Origin unveils lunar lander ‘Blue Moon’ and BE-7 rocket engine

Jeff Bezos has unveiled 'Blue Moon,' the lunar lander from private space company Blue Origin. The lander was revealed alongside the new BE-7 rocket engine during a media presentation on Thursday. Bezos called the moon 'a gift,' saying that it is a good spot for humanity to start manufacturing in space. Blue Origin will test fire the BE-7 rocket engine for the first time later this summer.

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Researchers develop fluid-based propulsion system for flying taxis

Researchers develop fluid-based propulsion system for flying taxis

Many cities are scrambling to develop mass transportation alternatives to personal cars driven on public roads. Congestion has made it difficult for many to get around in some of the biggest cities in the US, prompting the development of concepts that involve public transportation both below and above ground. When it comes to 'flying taxis,' however, current technology comes with big limitations.

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Space X Crew Dragon capsule parachute test failed

Space X Crew Dragon capsule parachute test failed

SpaceX has had a bit of up and down when it comes to testing of its Crew Dragon capsule that may one-day ferry Americans into space again. Not long ago the Crew Dragon test capsule was lost in an explosion during testing. NASA and SpaceX confirmed this week that last month another test of the capsule didn't go as planned.

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Paleontologist discover new T-rex relative and dub it Suskityrannus

Paleontologist discover new T-rex relative and dub it Suskityrannus

The most famous of all the dinosaurs is the Tyrannosaurus rex or T-rex. Virginia Tech paleontologist Sterling Nesbitt discovered the fossilized remains of a relative to the T-rex when he was 16-years-old and participating in a dig expedition in New Mexico in 1998. Nesbitt is now an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech.

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New type of plastic can be recycled indefinitely without quality loss

New type of plastic can be recycled indefinitely without quality loss

Berkeley Lab scientists have announced the development of a new plastic that can be recycled many times over again, including in different shapes and colors, without experiencing quality loss. According to an announcement from the lab, the new material is called poly(diketoenamine), aka PDK, and it can be broken down at the molecular level for reassembly into new things.

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MIT deep learning model aims to predict future cancer risk

MIT deep learning model aims to predict future cancer risk

MIT has teamed up with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to create a new deep learning model that can predict from a patients mammogram if they are likely to develop breast cancer in the future. The model was trained using mammograms with known outcomes from over 60,000 patients that were treated at MGH. Using that dataset, the model learned subtle patterns in breast tissue that are precursors to malignancy.

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