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Touch-and-go: US spacecraft sampling asteroid for return – Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After almost two years circling an ancient asteroid hundreds of millions of miles away, a NASA spacecraft this week will attempt to …

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) After almost two years circling an ancient asteroid hundreds of millions of miles away, a NASA spacecraft this week will attempt to descend to the treacherous, boulder-packed surface and snatch a handful of rubble.
The drama unfolds Tuesday as the U.S. takes its first crack at collecting asteroid samples for return to Earth, a feat accomplished so far only by Japan.
Brimming with names inspired by Egyptian mythology, the Osiris-Rex mission is looking to bring back at…

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Scientists clock the fastest interval of time in ‘zeptoseconds’ – NBC News

Scientists have measured the shortest interval of time ever recorded, clocking how long it takes a particle of light to cross a single molecule of hydrogen.

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Scientists have measured the shortest interval of time ever recorded, clocking how long it takes a particle of light to cross a single molecule of hydrogen.
The ultra-quick journey took 247 zeptoseconds, according to a team of German researchers, with a zeptosecond representing a trillionth of a billionth of a second. This is equivalent to the number 1 written behind a decimal point and 20 zeroes.
The findings are the culmination of global efforts to measur…

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Hell Yes, InSight’s Heat Probe Is Now Completely Buried on Mars – Gizmodo

There’s some happy news to report from the Red Planet, as the stubborn InSight heat probe, known as “the mole,” is now completely buried. It’s an encouraging de…

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NASAs InSight lander retracting its robotic arm, revealing the spot where the mole is now completely buried.
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Theres some happy news to report from the Red Planet, as the stubborn Mars InSight heat probe, known as the mole, is now completely buried. Its an encouraging development, as the surrounding dirt could coax the device into drilling deeper through the Martian crust.
The ongoing saga of the InSight landers Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package has taken…

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Betelgeuse, the unusually dimming star, is smaller and closer than scientists thought – CNN

The red giant star Betelgeuse, which was thought to be on the brink of a supernova explosion when it suddenly dimmed, is actually smaller and closer than scient…

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(CNN)The red giant star Betelgeuse, which was thought to be on the brink of a supernova explosion, is still revealing more secrets, even after the Hubble Space Telescope helped solve the mystery of why it has looked a little dimmer than usual.
The star, which is visible in the Orion constellation, is actually smaller and closer than previously believed, researchers discovered.
The new study published Friday in The Astrophysical Journal.
Although the star has been well studied, Betelgeuse i…

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