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NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Still Going 10 Years After Landing – What It’s Learned

Curiosity set out to answer the question: Did Mars ever have the right environmental conditions to support small life forms called microbes? Early in its mission, Curiosity’s scientific tools found chemical and mineral evidence of past habitable environments on Mars. It continues to explore the rock record from a time when Mars could have been …

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F-14 Cockpit Selfie – The Untold Story

Tomcat RIO tells the story behind this famed F-14 Cockpit Selfie

‘Here’s the story behind one of my selfies that has gotten much more exposure than I ever expected. (Exposure, get it?),‘ Dave “Bio” Baranek, former F-14 Tomcat RIO. A selfie is a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media. Selfies are often …

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Earth is spinning too fast — the consequences for timekeeping may be unprecedented

Earth is spinning too fast — the consequences for timekeeping may be unprecedented

Our home planet is in a hurry. On June 29, 2022, Earth completed the shortest day since scientists started keeping records in the 1960s, pulling off a full rotation 1.59 milliseconds faster than usual. Terrestrial haste is a trend. In 2020, the planet recorded the 28 shortest days on record, and it kept spinning rapidly …

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South Korea Is Scouting Out the Moon, With More Missions to Come

South Korea Is Scouting Out the Moon, With More Missions to Come

An undated photo provided by the Korean Aerospace Research Institute of final inspections at the facility in Daejeon, South Korea, of the Danuri, before it was shipped to Florida. (Korean Aerospace Research Institute via The New York Times) South Korea set off for the moon on Thursday. But it doesn’t want to stop there. “We …

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Earth’s Days Have Been Mysteriously Increasing in Length – Scientists Don’t Know Why

Precise measurements show that Earth’s rotation has been mysteriously slowing down since 2020, making the day longer. Precise astronomical observations, combined with atomic clocks, have revealed that the length of a day is suddenly getting longer. Scientists don’t know why. This has critical impacts not just on our timekeeping, but also on things like GPS …

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