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SpaceX's first human crew includes astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley

2019 may finally be the year when US astronauts launch to orbit from American soil again, ending an eight-year drought that began when NASA's shuttle program shut down in 2011. The inaugural flights of NASA's Commercial Crew Program are slated to take in the coming months, and the launches will see private-owned vehicles carrying space astronauts for the very first …

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Cotton seeds China carried to the moon have sprouted – Quartz

Humans have been able to grow plants in the space-including zinnia, sunflowers and leafy greens on the International Space Station – but never on the Moon. Now, China is trying to see if it can keep plants alive there, as part of its research efforts towards one day having a lunar base. Cotton seeds that traveled to Moon with China's …

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Russia has lost control of its only space telescope

Conceptual art of Spektr-R. Photo: © Astro Space Center at Lebedev Physics Institute Russia has lost control of its Spektr-R satellite, which has the only telescope the nation currently has in space. While Spektr-R is still transmitting scientific information and circling around the orbit, she stopped responding to commands from Russia's leading missions on Friday, BBC reported. Yuri Kowalev, head …

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The "Mona Lisa Effect" is real but does not refer to Leonardo's painting

<img src = "https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/monaTOP2-800×529.jpg" alt = "Researchers at the University of Bielefeld in Germany use folding rulers to measure to test The participants surveyed the number they were thinking Mona Lisa's gaze was aimed at. "/> Enlarge / Researchers from Bielefeld University in Germany used folding fibers measurement to test the effect. Study participants indicated the number they thought Mona …

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An ultra-massive black hole rotates at 1/2 speed of light

(Digital India Preview) Black holes are some of the most fascinating features of our universe, but they are also not very well understood. studying distant black holes in much detail is very difficult because nothing, including light, can escape from their grip when it gets too close. Now, a black hole sitting about 290 million light-years from the Earth, has …

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