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NASA efforts had a $65 billion economic impact last year, agency report shows, ,

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NASA’s first economic impact report suggests that the agency generated nearly $65 billion in economic impact during fiscal year 2019, with much of that activity coming from the Artemis program to return astronauts to the moon by 2024. The agency released the report (which covers the period between Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019) as it continues negotiations for …

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Blue Origin will launch a New Shepard test flight Tuesday. Here’s how to watch., ,

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Update for 11 a.m. ET: Blue Origin has successfully launched its New Shepard spacecraft on the NS-13 mission. Read our full story here. Original story Blue Origin will launch its New Shepard suborbital vehicle on an uncrewed test flight Tuesday morning (Oct. 13), and you can watch the liftoff live. New Shepard is scheduled to launch from Blue Origin’s West …

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China’s Tianwen-1 Mars probe snaps epic deep-space selfie (photos), ,

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China’s Tianwen-1 Mars probe is seen by a tiny camera ejected from the spacecraft in a photo captured 15 million miles from Earth. (Image credit: CNSA) China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft has beamed home some deep-space selfies snapped by a small camera jettisoned during its journey to Mars. A small camera with wide-angle lenses on both sides was ejected from the outside …

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Scientists call for serious study of ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’, ,

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The U.S. Navy recently admitted that, indeed, strangely behaving objects caught on video by jet pilots over the years are genuine head-scratchers. There are eyewitness accounts not only from pilots but from radar operators and technicians, too. In August, the Navy established an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force to investigate the nature and origin of these odd sightings and …

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The Best Space Books On Sale for Prime Day, ,

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From the astrophysical topics to the inspiring tales of women in space, we’ll compiled the best space books that are on Amazon and on sale right now — just in time for Prime Day. We’ll update this page throughout Amazon Prime Day with more deals for space fans as we see them, so don’t forget to check back period to …

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Black hole-sized magnetic fields could be created on Earth, study says, ,

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Scientists should be able to create magnetic fields on Earth that rival the strength of those seen in black holes and neutron stars, a new study suggests. Such strong magnetic fields, which would be created by blasting microtubules with lasers, are important for conducting basic physics, materials science and astronomy research, according to a new research paper authored by Osaka …

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A mini fractal universe may lie inside charged black holes (if they exist), ,

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Black holes are perhaps the strangest, least-understood objects in our universe. With so much potential — being linked to everything from wormholes to new baby universes — they have sucked in physicists for decades. But as strange as these known objects are, even stranger types of black holes could be dreamed up. In one upside-down, hypothetical version of the universe, …

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Exploring Mars at Opposition using Starry Night, ,

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After a long anticipated wait, Mars will finally reach opposition on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, its closest approach to Earth until 2035. The sky on opposition night will feature the bright planets Jupiter, and Saturn in early evening, and the moon and Venus before dawn. Look for very bright reddish Mars in the southeastern sky after dusk. It will climb …