Astronomy

To the Moon in 11 years: A photographic timeline of Apollo

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
In just over a decade, NASA's Apollo program overcame tragedy and pioneered new technologies to reach the Moon.
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Meet the companies trying to put humans back on the Moon

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
NASA wants to put humans back on the Moon's surface by 2024. Now these companies are scrambling to design spacecraft no engineer has built in 50 years.
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Ammonia on Pluto’s surface points to liquid water underground

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
Recent findings of a short-lived substance add further evidence that the dwarf planet still has a liquid ocean underground, churning up new materials to its surface.
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Could a supernova have made humans bipedal?

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 04:00
Exploding stars may trigger ecological changes on Earth, which might in turn have led humans to embrace the two-legged life.
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Origami-inspired design may soon help cushion rocket landings

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 04:00
Whether applied to auto collisions or rocket landings, absorbing energy from impacts is a valuable trait, and industries have been working on various solutions for years. For spacecraft, landing safely has entailed everything from inflatable airbag systems to sky cranes to retro-thrusters. But what if the force of impact never made it to the spacecraft at all? That’s the idea being pursued by Hiromi Yasuda and colleagues at the University of Washington. They’re using foldable materia
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The Sky This Week from May 24 to June 2

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 04:00
Jupiter’s largest moon seemingly disappears as it slides into the giant planet’s shadow to start the week, while a waning crescent Moon passes near Venus to wrap it up.
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Mars' layered ice caps reveal its climate history

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 04:00
Insulating blankets of sand layered atop ice sheets may have prevented the Red Planet from losing much more of its water into space.
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Why scientists are putting a telescope on the bottom of the ocean

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 04:00
An underwater observatory may soon begin tracking some of the universe's most mysterious particles.
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NASA announces contractor for first stage of Lunar Gateway

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 04:00
Maxar Technologies will build the propulsion system of the planned Moon-orbiting space station, which will be key to NASA's larger plan to return humans to the Moon by 2024.
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Rare meteorite found in Costa Rica could shed light on Earth's water

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 04:00
Because it's basically a ball of clay, researchers expect it to provide ample data on the history of water in the solar system.
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