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Solar minimum surprisingly constant

Using more than a half-century of observations, Japanese astronomers have discovered that the microwaves coming from the sun at the minimums of the past five solar cycles have been the same each time, despite large differences ...

dateNov 17, 2017 in Space Exploration
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Image: Autumn fireball

On 14 November 2017 at about 16:45 GMT a football-sized meteoroid entered Earth's atmosphere about 50 km northeast of Darmstadt, Germany. It created a bright fireball in the sky, which was seen by thousands of people in Germany, ...

dateNov 16, 2017 in Space Exploration
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Astronaut meets volcano

An expedition of astronauts, planetary scientists and engineers is off to Spain's Canary Island of Lanzarote to learn best how to explore uncharted planets. The training will equip space travellers with a geologist's eye. 

dateNov 14, 2017 in Space Exploration
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The road to Orion's launch

NASA's Orion spacecraft aims to send humans further into space than ever before, and ESA's European Service Module will provide the essentials for keeping the astronauts alive and on course.

Image: Earth as viewed from 10,000 miles

On November 9, 1967, the uncrewed Apollo 4 test flight made a great ellipse around Earth as a test of the translunar motors and of the high speed entry required of a crewed flight returning from the Moon.

Scientists create cosmic sounds of Voyager 1

Music created entirely from data beamed back from the Voyager 1 spacecraft will receive its world premiere at the NASA booth at the SC17 Supercomputing Conference in Denver, Colorado, at 8pm local time (MST) on Monday, 13 ...

Parker Solar Probe comes to NASA Goddard for testing

On Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, NASA's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft arrived at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for environmental tests. During the spacecraft's stay at Goddard, engineers and technicians ...

Stressed seedlings in space

Life on Earth has a myriad of problems, but gravity isn't one of them – staying grounded means organisms can soak up the light and heat that enables growth. 

Carefully crafted light pulses control neuron activity
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Strain-free epitaxy of germanium film on mica
The astonishing efficiency of life
The spliceosome—now available in high definition
New method analyzes corn kernel characteristics

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