Category: Science

Even Space Isn’t Safe from Fake News

There is a photo making the social media rounds that shows an image purported to be the final photo taken by the Cassini spacecraft as it plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere, as part of its end-of-life self-destruct choreography after a 13-year mission. This image depicts a breathtaking view of the Saturn cloudscape backdropped by the planet’s …

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SpaceX to send 2 people around the moon

SpaceX announced today that it will be sending two private citizens around the moon and beyond in late 2018. The surprise announcement did not divulge who the people are or how much they are paying, only stating that they each “have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission.” This would be the first …

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Mars by the 2030s

“We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America’s story in space: sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time.” — President Barack Obama, October 11, 2016

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Pluto

The New Horizon spacecraft made its Pluto flyby early this morning. It has travelled 9 years and more than 3 billion miles. This was the last image it sent back to Earth. (Image from NASA)

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Drinking Soda is as Bad as Smoking

“The extremely high dose of sugar that we can put into our body within seconds by drinking sugared beverages is uniquely toxic to metabolism.” According to a new study, drinking 20 oz. of soda daily can age you as much as 4 years. That’s on par with smoking. It’s the sugar in soda that is …

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Gonzalo

This is the view of Hurricane Gonzalo over Bermuda from the International Space Station on Oct. 17, 2014. Nature is awesome and frightening. Photo credit: NASA.

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