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Orionid meteor shower peaks this week

Orionid meteor shower peaks this week

The Orionid meteor shower will peak in the early morning hours of October 21, sprinkling remnants of Halley’s Comet in Earth’s atmosphere to create a dazzling display. The moon’s faint waxing crescent phase will allow for optimal viewing. And if you can’t see the meteor shower on October 21, experts advise looking up during the…MORE

NASA mission successfully touched down on asteroid Bennu

NASA mission successfully touched down on asteroid Bennu

After orbiting the near-Earth asteroid Bennu for nearly two years, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully touched down and reached out its robotic arm to collect a sample from the asteroid’s surface on Tuesday. That sample will be returned to Earth in 2023. To achieve this historic first for NASA, a van-size spacecraft had to briefly touch…MORE

Asteroid Bennu is about to play ‘tag’ with a NASA spacecraft

Asteroid Bennu is about to play ‘tag’ with a NASA spacecraft

A NASA spacecraft will play a game of tag this week with a near-Earth asteroid. The mission will attempt the agency’s first sample collection from an asteroid that will be returned to Earth. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been orbiting the asteroid Bennu since late 2018. The mission — which stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource…MORE

When this creature faces deadly radiation, glowing is the only option

Deadly levels of radiation won’t stop this creature from shining bright. This newly discovered strain of tardigrade can protect itself from lethal levels of ultraviolet light through glowing, according to a recent study published in The Royal Society journal. The tardigrade found to have this trait is called the Paramacrobiotus BLR strain. It was first…MORE

Arrest of former defense minister shatters trust in Mexico’s armed forces

Arrest of former defense minister shatters trust in Mexico’s armed forces

The general’s speech was forceful and unequivocal, his demeanor somber and severe. Impeccably dressed in full military uniform, Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, then Mexican Secretary of Defense, spoke before a group of thousands of Mexican soldiers under his command on a spring day in April 2016 at Military Camp Number One, near Mexico City. “Those who…MORE

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