Do plants grow differently in space?

Researchers are starting to learn more about how plants grow in the odd and stressful conditions of space.

Igor Houwat-Michigan State • futurity
Jan. 4, 2021 ~5 min

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Six space missions to look forward to in 2021

India may land on the Moon this coming year, while Nasa will launch its new, powerful rocket farther into space than any other human rated spacecraft.

Gareth Dorrian, Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Space Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Jan. 1, 2021 ~7 min

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Where did this galaxy’s supermassive black hole go?

Researchers have been on the hunt for a missing supermassive black hole that should be in the central galaxy of cluster Abell 2261, but isn't.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 29, 2020 ~10 min

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Japan to build wooden satellites to cut space junk

One of Japan's largest companies has partnered with Kyoto University in what would be a world first.

Dec. 29, 2020 ~3 min

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2020 Saw Many Successes in Space Exploration

VOA Learning English • voa
Dec. 27, 2020 ~6 min

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Nasa's Mars rover and the 'seven minutes of terror'

The US space agency releases an animation to show how its Perseverance robot will land on Mars.

Dec. 23, 2020 ~4 min

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SLS: Crucial test for Nasa's 'mega-rocket'

Part of a giant rocket that will send humans back to the Moon has undergone a critical test.

Dec. 21, 2020 ~6 min

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What you need to know about this year's winter solstice and the great conjunction

This year's winter solstice is also when Saturn and Jupiter appear closest to each other for 60 years, Here's what you need to know about both the events.

William Teets, Acting Director and Astronomer, Dyer Observatory, Vanderbilt University • conversation
Dec. 18, 2020 ~5 min

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OneWeb satellite company launches into new era

The broadband network owned by UK taxpayers and an Indian conglomerate sends up 36 new satellites.

Dec. 18, 2020 ~4 min

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Josef Aschbacher to be new European Space Agency boss

One task for the Austrian will be managing the interests of EU and non-EU states, such as the UK.

Dec. 17, 2020 ~5 min

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