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Boeing venture teams up with private moon lander for 2019 Apollo 11 anniversary launch

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Boeing venture teams up with private moon lander for 2019 Apollo 11 anniversary launch

- A private moon lander has partnered up with Boeing's United Launch Alliance (ULA) for its maiden mission to the moon in 2019. Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic's robotic Peregrine lander will use ULA's Atlas V rocket to make its first trip to the moon on the 50 anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The lunar lander – a kind of spacecraft used specifically for moon landings – will carry 77 lbs (35 kilograms) of cargo in its first journey
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Meet the Superman saving the sun bears of Malaysia

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Meet the Superman saving the sun bears of Malaysia

- Siew Te Wong has dedicated his life to conserving the world's smallest bear species The wildlife biologist runs the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Malaysia Wong and team rehabilitate and care for bears rescued from poaching and captivity With his wire-rimmed glasses and mild manner, Siew Te Wong could be described as a Malaysian Clark Kent. This wildlife biologist is a Superman of sorts -- a tireless defender of the world's smallest bear species: the sun bear
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Handyman: Lessen impact of sun’s UV rays on your home

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Handyman: Lessen impact of sun’s UV rays on your home

- The sun is often the topic of conversation in southeast Michigan, in part because we only have 180 days per year of sunny days on average. And while the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can help improve our mood, help plants and grass grow and even give us a dose of vitamin D, there are plenty of negative affects as well. Your home is susceptible to the positive and negative aspects of UV rays
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Gardening: Sunfinity will look at you — not just sun

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Gardening: Sunfinity will look at you — not just sun

- When I moved to the country, I couldn’t wait to grow old-fashioned sunflowers. Problem was, the flowers are phototropic and they always turn their heads toward the sun. Our house and view of the garden was on the northwest corner of the open space, so when the sunflowers bloomed all we saw was the backs of their heads. Talk about a disappointment
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Skin care products for sun protection

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Skin care products for sun protection

- ST. LOUIS, Mo. _ Summer means spending more time outdoors in the sun. The skin is the body's largest organ. It protects against heat, sunlight, injury and infection. However, some of us don't take those things as seriously as we should. Devin Pryzgoda, with Sephora in West County Center, talks about UV Protection and what products to use to protect ourselves
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Life-Friendly Molecules on Saturn’s Moon Titan Could Help Reveal Origins of Earth Life

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Life-Friendly Molecules on Saturn’s Moon Titan Could Help Reveal Origins of Earth Life

- How chemical reactions on a lifeless planet floating around in the cold darkness of space can suddenly give rise to living organisms is one of the biggest questions in science. We don’t even know whether the molecular building blocks of life on Earth were created here or whether they were brought here by comets and meteorites. Using data from the NASA/ESA Cassini mission, we have now discovered molecules on Saturn’s largest moon Titan which we think drive the production of complex organic compounds
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Are Astronomers on the Verge of Finding an Exomoon?

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Are Astronomers on the Verge of Finding an Exomoon?

- For years I have been fascinated by the search for exomoons—that is, moons orbiting planets in other star systems. These worlds are exciting for a whole host of reasons: they could tell us a great deal about the processes that formed our solar system and others, and whether we share a common formation history with the estimated hundreds of billions of planets in the Milky Way
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Come again? NASA's Cassini spacecraft traveled 750 million miles to Saturn only to find a 'noodle'?

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Come again? NASA's Cassini spacecraft traveled 750 million miles to Saturn only to find a 'noodle'?

- Yes, my tongue is poking into my cheek — but only part way. NASA’s just come out with a Cassini spacecraft movie that takes us on a swooping journey low over Saturn’s cloud tops. And, in fact, the video pans across something the agency’s imaging wizards really are calling a “noodle.” I happen to think it looks more like a nematode than a noodle, or maybe a hookworm
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Over 60 planets discovered in space

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Over 60 planets discovered in space

- HARTFORD -- Yale astronomers have announced the discovery of 60 more planets in our galaxy. But with these planets, they’re calling it a cosmic barbecue. They’re being described as hot Jupiters. They’re Jupiter-sized gas planets that orbit their stars super close. So close in fact, that their orbit takes less than a week meaning a year is a week-long on those planets
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Protect Your Eyes: Ideas for Eclipse Eye Safety

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Protect Your Eyes: Ideas for Eclipse Eye Safety

- This summer, Oregonians have a rare chance to see a total solar eclipse that crosses the entire United States with a path 60 to 70 miles wide. In Salem, we are fortunate to be located directly in the path of totality. On August 21, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, and the moon’s disk will completely block the sun
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There may be a lot of water hiding under the moon's dusty surface, researchers say

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There may be a lot of water hiding under the moon's dusty surface, researchers say

- For decades, scientists have thought the moon was a dry, dusty place, but it may be time to re-write the astronomy books. New findings are upending decades of understanding about our closest neighbor in space; an analysis of satellite data suggests the moon's interior may actually be pretty wet, which could help make it easier to fly to the moon and back, or even stay there awhile, reports CBS News' Jan Crawford
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Sun exposure can be harmful to your skin — but it doesn’t have to be

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Sun exposure can be harmful to your skin — but it doesn’t have to be

- With the warm weather and sunny summer days, we all can’t wait to get outside. And, yes, I am going to caution you about overexposure to the sun and the possible damage it can do to your skin — if you aren’t careful. There are some definite benefits to being outside. It’s healthy, and being in the sun is crucial for vitamin D absorption
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Water on the moon? What scientists are now uncovering

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Water on the moon? What scientists are now uncovering

- By Ralph Ellis CNN (CNN) -- There may be water -- a good bit of it -- deep inside the moon, scientists at Brown University say. By analyzing satellite images, the scientists found evidence of water trapped in "glass beads" in ancient ash and rocks that volcanoes spewed across the surface of the moon, said Ralph Milliken, lead author of the new research and an associate professor in Brown's Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences
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The moon's insides may contain water — lots of it

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The moon's insides may contain water — lots of it

- The inside of the moon may contain water, according to new research from Brown University. Ryan Sartor (@ryansartor) has that story. The moon may contain vast sums of water beneath its surface, scientists say, a potential boon for lunar explorers. Satellite data studied by Brown University scientists revealed unusually high amounts of water trapped in volcanic deposits across the moon's surface, suggesting ample amounts of water within its depths
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Scientists Spot Water-Rich Rocks on Moon

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Scientists Spot Water-Rich Rocks on Moon

- THE WOODLANDS, Texas — The vast deposits of water ice likely lurking at the moon's poles could be tapped to help spur a sustainable economic and industrial expansion into space, researchers say. The lunar poles have a unique environment that can harbor water ice within permanently shadowed, super-cold craters. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been front and center in probing these sites with radar — places such as Shackleton crater, an impact feature that lies at the moon's south pole
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Scientists Find Some of Mars's Youngest Volcanoes--and Discover They Could Have Supported Life

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Scientists Find Some of Mars's Youngest Volcanoes--and Discover They Could Have Supported Life

- It may seem that Mars was once a much more exciting planet. True, there are dust storms and possible water-seeps occurring today, but billions of years ago it was a dramatic place with huge volcanoes, a giant canyon system and branching river valleys being formed. But now planetary scientists have identified what looks like more recently formed volcanoes, in geological terms
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  • Are Astronomers on the Verge of Finding an Exomoon?
    Are Astronomers on the Verge of Finding an Exomoon?

    , scientificamerican.com

    For years I have been fascinated by the search for exomoons—that is, moons orbiting planets in other star systems. These worlds are exciting for a whole host of reasons: they could tell us a great deal about the processes that formed our solar system and others, and whether we share a common formation history with the estimated hundreds of billions of planets in the Milky Way
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Planets

  • Cultural Atlas: Mission to Mars
    Cultural Atlas: Mission to Mars

    , koat.com

    The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is conducting field geology… 33.9 million miles away. The martian rover, “Opportunity”, has been on a fact-finding mission for 13 years, giving NASA and an exclusive group of scientists a steady flow of information on the Red Planet. One of those scientists is Dr. Larry Crumpler. Crumpler is one of only two scientists in the U
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Mars

  • Mars Solar Conjunction: NASA Explains Why It Can’t Send Commands To Mars Spacecraft In Last Week Of July
    Mars Solar Conjunction: NASA Explains Why It Can’t Send Commands To Mars Spacecraft In Last Week Of July

    , inquisitr.com

    Mars will be experiencing a solar conjunction toward the end of the month, where the Red Planet will almost be directly behind the sun during the daytime. That has forced NASA to announce a moratorium on commands to its Mars spacecraft from July 22 to August 1, a temporary suspension that takes place each time these so-called conjunctions take place. Why is the space agency doing this, and why is the sun “to blame” for all of it? In a brief statement quoted by Phys
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Small Bodies

  • How Realistic Is the Science in the CBS Show 'Salvation'?
    How Realistic Is the Science in the CBS Show 'Salvation'?

    , space.com

    The new CBS show "Salvation," which premiered last Wednesday (July 12), explores a fictional scenario in which scientists and the U.S. government must respond to the threat of a deadly asteroid expected to hit Earth in six months. "The first thing to make clear is, this is a TV show — it's not a documentary," said Plait. After all, the season has only a few episodes, so sometimes, the "science is going to bend to the story," he added
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Moon

  • Boeing venture teams up with private moon lander for 2019 Apollo 11 anniversary launch
    Boeing venture teams up with private moon lander for 2019 Apollo 11 anniversary launch

    , cnbc.com

    A private moon lander has partnered up with Boeing's United Launch Alliance (ULA) for its maiden mission to the moon in 2019. Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic's robotic Peregrine lander will use ULA's Atlas V rocket to make its first trip to the moon on the 50 anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The lunar lander – a kind of spacecraft used specifically for moon landings – will carry 77 lbs (35 kilograms) of cargo in its first journey
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Dwarf planets

  • NASA spacecraft halfway between Pluto and next smaller stop
    NASA spacecraft halfway between Pluto and next smaller stop

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    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is now halfway between Pluto and its next much, much smaller stop. New Horizons — which reached the milestone this week — is bound for an even more remote object called 2014 MU69. Like Pluto, the object orbits in our solar system’s twilight zone known as the Kuiper Belt, but is barely 1 percent its size
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Jupiter

  • NASA probe successfully peers into Jupiter's Great Red Spot
    NASA probe successfully peers into Jupiter's Great Red Spot

    , phys.org

    A NASA spacecraft, Juno, has successfully peered into the giant storm raging on Jupiter, known as the Great Red Spot, and its first pictures should be out in days, the US space agency said Tuesday. "My latest Jupiter flyby is complete!" said a post on the @NASAJuno Twitter account. "All science instruments and JunoCam were operating to collect data." The unmanned spacecraft came closer than any before it to the iconic feature on the solar system's largest planet, the gas giant Jupiter
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