Chunks of Venus may have smashed into the moon

Growing evidence suggests Venus was a lot like Earth long ago. Researchers say rocks from Venus that collided with the moon could help clear things up.

Fred Mamoun-Yale • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~5 min

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Jupiter’s moons may keep each other toasty

Jupiter's moons are pretty hot, at least hotter than they should be, given how far away they are from the sun. A new study explains why that may be.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~6 min

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The Moon and stars are a compass for nocturnal animals – but light pollution is leading them astray

Towns and cities create an orange glow on the horizon at night. It's so widespread that it even disturbs sea creatures.

Stuart Jenkins, Professor of Marine Ecology, Bangor University • conversation
Aug. 11, 2020 ~6 min

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SpaceX: Musk's 'Mars ship' prototype aces 150m test flight

A prototype of the engine for SpaceX's next-generation Starship vehicle has made a 150m test "hop".

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
Aug. 5, 2020 ~2 min

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Rockfall map suggests moon’s surface still changes

Rockfalls on the moon leave their mark on the surface. A map of 136,610 rockfalls indicates that asteroid impacts are a likely cause.

ETH Zurich • futurity
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

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To safely explore the solar system and beyond, spaceships need to go faster – nuclear-powered rockets may be the answer

An update of 50-year-old regulations has kickstarted research into the next generation of rockets. Powered by nuclear fission, these new systems could be the key to faster, safer exploration of space.

Iain Boyd, Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~10 min

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The moon may be cracking up

There's evidence that the moon has an active tectonic system that may hint at a long-ago impact that nearly tore it apart.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Four amazing astronomical discoveries from ancient Greece

From the Moon's size to the first calculator, the ancients made some jawdropping discoveries without modern technology.

Ian Whittaker, Lecturer in Physics, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
April 24, 2020 ~8 min

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Apollo 13: Enhanced images reveal life on stricken spacecraft

Enhanced images reveal life aboard Nasa's stricken Apollo 13 spacecraft in unprecedented detail.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
April 12, 2020 ~6 min

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Pink Moon: Europe illuminated by lunar light show

Breathtaking images capture the spectacular lunar event in the skies above Europe.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
April 8, 2020 ~1 min

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