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Suomi NPP Satellite Captures Thermal Image of Hurricane Maria

The VIIRS instrument on NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured a thermal image of Hurricane Maria on Sept. 20 at 2:12 a.m. EDT. The image showed very cold cloud top temperatures in the powerful thunderstorms in Maria’s eyewall. Maria’s eye was just east of the American Virgin Islands, and its northwestern quadrant stretched over Puerto Rico. […]

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Media Invited to View NASA Spacecraft That Will Touch Our Sun

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be humanity’s first-ever mission to explore the Sun’s outer atmosphere. Media are invited to see the spacecraft and learn about the mission from noon to 2 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 25, at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, where the probe is being built. To source

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OSIRIS-REx: NASA's Asteroid Sample-Return Mission in Pictures

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission launched in 2016 to collect samples of the asteroid Bennu and return them to Earth. See photos from the mission here. On Sept. 22, 2017, OSIRIS-REx will fly by Earth in a gravity assist maneuver (shown here in an artist’s illustration) to accelerate it on its way to Bennu. To source

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The 10 Best 'Star Trek' Episodes Ever

As fans of the series know, the premise of “Voyager” is that the crew becomes stranded some 75 years’ travel away from home. By Season 6, we are pretty confident that the crew has well assimilated (so to speak) this knowledge, but they come across a ship in the same quadrant that has more questionable […]

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E.T. Art? Crop Circles Look 'Alien' from Space

These crop circles have been created using a technique called center-pivot irrigation. Seen from space, these discs look more like modern art than like potatoes. But that — plus wheat and chamomile — is what these “crop circles” likely are, according to the NASA Earth Observatory, which posted this photo of agricultural fields in Sharq […]

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Space Lung Tissue Experiment Returns to Earth

A lung tissue experiment returned aboard SpaceX’s CRS-12 cargo capsule this week. Lung-tissue samples grown on the International Space Station, which have just arrived back on Earth, could help researchers understand how space travel affects breathing.  Little is known about how conditions in space affect astronauts’ lungs, according to Joaquin Cortiella, director of the Lab […]

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