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Blue Origin is considering starting a commercial space station operation

WASHINGTON – Commercial space carrier Blue Origin is considering developing commercial space stations, with NASA as a potential early customer. Blue Origin published a job that opened on September 18 for the “Orbital Habitat Formulation Lead” at its headquarters in the Seattle suburb of Kent, Washington. That individual will be prosecuted for leading the company’s development of commercial space stations …

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How to watch when an asteroid zooms near Earth this week

It is not uncommon for asteroids to pass relatively close to Earth, but it is rare that we actually get the chance to witness them as they hover past. Sometimes researchers do not even know about objects near Earth until after they have passed, but astronomers discovered Asteroid 2020 SW on the Friday before their visit to Earth. The asteroid …

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A rare blue moon illuminates the Halloween night sky

Between once in a lifetime comet and an almost miss with an extremely close asteroid2020 has been a strange year for outer space. This October is no exception, giving a rare blue moon just in time for Halloween. © Rich Graessle / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images NEWS: MARCH 31 Full Blue Moon Because some trick-or-treaters stay indoors due to …

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Astrophysicists prove that dust particles in space are mixed with ice

Clouds of interstellar dust and gas, here in the “Cygnus-X” region of the Swan constellation. Author: ESA / PACS / SPIRE / Martin Hennemann & Frédérique Motte, Laboratory AIM Paris-Saclay, CEA / Irfu – CNRS / INSU – Univ. Paris Diderot, France. The question between the stars in a galaxy – called the interstellar medium – consists not only of …

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Halloween full moon is the second full moon of the month

CLOSE A talented photographer captured this amazing time lag of a full moon rising near Cape Byron Lighthouse in Byron Bay, New South Wales. Historical Highlights of history The Halloween full moon will be a so-called “blue” moon because it is the second full moon of the month. But the moon does not appear blue on Halloween night. It will …

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The warming temperatures are driving the Arctic environment

When Arctic tundra vegetables, which undergo increased plant growth, it can affect animal species including reindeer and caribou. Author: Logan Berner / Northern Arizona University As the Arctic summers become hot, the earth’s northern landscape changes. Using satellite imagery to track global tundra ecosystems over decades, a new study found that the region has become greener, as warmer air and …

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Animals lose their fear of predators quickly after they start meeting humans

Author: Unsplash / CC0 Public Domain Most wildlife exhibit a set of behaviors that avoid predators such as alertness, freezing, and flight. However, these are rapidly declining after animals come into contact with humans through captivity, domestication or urbanization, according to a study led by Benjamin Geffroy of MARBEC (Institute of Marine Biodiversity, Exploitation and Conservation), published in an open-access …

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ISS forced to move to avoid space debris | Science

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station carried out an “evasive maneuver” on Tuesday to ensure that the station would not be hit by a piece of debris, the US space agency Nasa announced. Debris is to pass within “several kilometers” of the International Space Station (ISS), but due to an abundance of caution, its orbit was changed to move it …

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The first intact mummy in an ice age cave bear has been excavated

Megafauna like mammoths and saber-toothed cats ruled the ice age, and bears (most of which are already huge by human standards) were no exception. In an unsurpassed discovery, the first intact mummified body of an ice age cave bear has been excavated on a Siberian island. It was thought to be somewhere between 30 and 40 million years old. The …

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