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Elon Musk says SpaceX’s 1st Starship trip to Mars could fly in 4 years – Livescience.com

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SpaceX is almost ready to start building a permanent human settlement on Mars with its massive Starship rocket.
The private spaceflight company is on track to launch its first uncrewed mission to Mars in as little as four years from now, SpaceX’s founder and CEO Elon Musk said Friday (Oct. 16) at the International Mars Society Convention. 
“I think we have a fighting chance of making that second Mars transfer window,” Musk said in a discussion with Mars Society founder Robert Zubrin. You can w…

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Big Ben-sized asteroid to fly past Earth this week – Fox News

An asteroid the size of London’s famous Big Ben clock tower is set to whiz past Earth this week.

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An asteroid the size of London’s famous Big Ben clock tower is set to whiz past Earth this week.
The space rock, known as 2020 TGI, will fly safely past Earth on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 10:49 p.m. EST, according to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies.
Researchers estimate 2020 TGI is traveling at a speed of roughly 30,700 miles per hour and will fly past the planet at a distance of just over 7 million miles.
ASTEROID TO FLY PAST EARTH JUST BEFORE ELECTION DAY, NASA SAYS
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Metallodrugs: Novel Antiviral Strategy for Treatment of COVID-19 – SciTechDaily

HKU scientists and microbiologists jointly discover a novel antiviral strategy for treatment of COVID-19 using existing metallodrugs. A research team led by Pro…

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Proposed structure of Bi-bound zinc-binding domain of SARS-CoV-2 helicase. Through kicking out the crucial zinc(II) ions in the zinc-binding domain of SARS-CoV-2 helicase, RBC demonstrated its ability to potently suppress the replication of SARS-CoV-2. Credit: The University of Hong Kong
HKU scientists and microbiologists jointly discover a novel antiviral strategy for treatment of COVID-19 using existing metallodrugs.
A research team led by Professor Hongzhe SUN, Norman & Cecilia Yip Prof…

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Is About to Touch an Asteroid – WIRED

After years of studying Bennu, the spacecraft will make its first attempt at a sample collection on Tuesday.

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Once Bennu has its sample, it will return to an orbit around the asteroid so it can tag along while the rock makes its annual journey around the sun. Bennu is the smallest object ever orbited by a spacecraft, and keeping a stable orbit around something so small comes with all sorts of challenges that arent involved in orbiting a planet. It only takes a tiny amount of energy to achieve escape velocitya human standing on the surface of Bennu could jump off of it which means that OSIRIS-REx has to …

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