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See how much NASA has learned about hurricanes in the 10 years since Katrina

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Science is, naturally, the never-ending pursuit of knowledge that has spanned the entirety of human existence and will continue, in some form, ad infinitum—but it’s incredible to see how much progress can be made in just a decade. With the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this week in mind, NASA is showing off how much its ability to track and …

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Pluto became a dwarf planet 9 years ago today — but that’s ‘bulls—,’ says a leading NASA scientist

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Pluto became a dwarf planet 9 years ago today — but that’s ‘bulls—,’ says a leading NASA scientist… On Aug. 24, 2006, nine years ago today, the International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet — a move that sparked protests and split the space-science community.

Some in the community, including leading Pluto researchers, are still upset at the decision.

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No asteroid will hit Earth in September: NASA

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NASA struck down apocalyptic theories that a big asteroid will hit Earth in September, saying there’s “not one shred of proof” the rumors are true. Officials said that no asteroids or comets or other celestial objects have been observed that would impact Earth any time in the foreseeable future, and all known potentially hazardous asteroids have a less than 0.01 percent change of impacting Earth in the next century.