OSIRIS-REx Stows Sample of Asteroid Bennu’s Regolith

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On October 28, 2020, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully stowed its Sample Return Capsule (SRC) with a sample of surface material from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. The OSIRIS-REx scientists spent two days working around the clock to carry out the stowage procedure, with preparations for the stowage event beginning October 24. The… […]

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Researchers Unlocking Secrets of Dinosaur Eggshells

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Scientists have studied the morphology and structure of Cretaceous-period dinosaur eggshells collected from the El Gallo Formation of Baja California, Mexico. Dinosaurs were one of the most enigmatic and interesting species of animals that have existed on Earth. They lived in a variety of environments that ranged from forest to arid… […]

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Juno Observes Sprites and Elves in Upper Atmosphere of Jupiter

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NASA’s Juno spacecraft has been in orbit around Jupiter since 2016. One of its instruments is the ultraviolet spectrograph (UVS), which is primarily used to make ultraviolet images of Jupiter’s auroras. During the first four years of the mission, the UVS instrument has observed 11 transient bright flashes. These flashes look… […]

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Astronomers Discover Smallest Free-Floating Exoplanet Yet

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Astronomers from the OGLE (Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment) project have discovered a Mars- to Earth-mass free-floating, or rogue, planet through a technique called gravitational microlensing. Gravitational microlensing is a technique that facilitates the discovery of distant objects by using background stars as flashlights. When a star crosses precisely in front of… […]

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Middle Triassic Nothosaur Had Built-In Float

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Paleontologists have found two nearly complete skeletons from a new genus and species of nothosauroid marine reptile that lived during the Middle Triassic in what is now China. Dubbed Brevicaudosaurus jiyangshanensis, the ancient creature used its short and flat tail for balance and floated near the bottom of the edges in… […]

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Paleolithic Animal Engravings Found in Three Spanish Caves

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Archaeologists have discovered figures of animals, mainly bison, engraved in a Gravettian style in three caves in northern Spain. The three decorated caves, named Aitzbitarte III, V and IX, were discovered in 2015 in Aitzbitarte Hill in the easternmost part of Spain’s Cantabrian region. The caves contain fine engravings of bison,… […]

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