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Boeing Seeks Redemption as It Readies Starliner for Yet Another Launch Attempt

Boeing Seeks Redemption as It Readies Starliner for Yet Another Launch Attempt

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner being lifted at the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.Photo: NASA/Frank Michaux Hard to believe, but it’s been nearly two and a half years since Boeing’s first botched test of its Starliner CST-100 spacecraft. Yep, it’s been a minute, so here’s a …

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Parts of Antarctica have actually gained ice during the last 20 years, new research reveals, despite the continent suffering significant loss due to global warming

Some Antarctic ice shelves have GROWN in the last 20 years despite global warming

Parts of Antarctica have actually gained ice during the last 20 years, new research reveals, despite the continent suffering significant loss due to global warming. Researchers say that sea ice, pushed against ice shelves by a change in regional wind patterns, may have helped to protect these ice shelves from losses. Ice shelves are floating …

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Behold the Milky Way's supermassive black hole in first-ever photo

Behold the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole in first-ever photo

Astronomers have at long last seen the center of the Milky Way galaxy, unmasking a giant black hole, a celestial vortex 26,000 light-years from Earth that should otherwise be hidden from sight. An international team of researchers released on Thursday a snapshot of the supermassive black hole known as Sagittarius A*, spied through the power …

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Our Galaxy's Dark Heart: Astronomers Capture First Ever Image of the Milky Way's Black Hole

Our Galaxy’s Dark Heart: Astronomers Capture First Ever Image of the Milky Way’s Black Hole

For the first time, humanity has stared into the dark heart of unfathomable chaos at the center of the Milky Way and brought its shadowy form into focus. The object staring back at us, Sagittarius A*, is a monstrous black hole that binds our home galaxy together.  On Thursday, scientists with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) …

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Mars sample return: Could Red Planet life contaminate Earth?

Mars sample return: Could Red Planet life contaminate Earth?

Conceptual drawing of a Mars Sample Retrieval Lander. (Image credit: NASA) The robotic return of pristine samples from the surface of Mars has been a holy grail goal of Red Planet investigators for many, many years. Over that time, strategies for returning Mars collectibles have ranged from “grab and go” acquisition from the surface to …

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1st image of supermassive black hole at the center of Milky Way galaxy revealed

1st image of supermassive black hole at the center of Milky Way galaxy revealed

It’s the first direct observation confirming the presence of the black hole, known as Sagittarius A*, as the beating heart of the Milky Way. Black holes don’t emit light, but the image shows the shadow of the black hole surrounded by a bright ring, which is light bent by the gravity of the black hole. …

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