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They Were at Mission Control During Apollo 11. 50 Years Later, the Memory Still Moves Them to Tears

The words spoken by astronaut Neil Armstrong when he became the first man to step foot on the moon — at 10:56 pm Eastern Time on July 20, 1969 — have since become one of the most famous sentences ever ...

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ALMA Spots Moon-Forming Disk around Young Gas Giant PDS 70c

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have spotted a circumplanetary disk around a still-forming gaseous exoplanet called PDS 70c. “For the first time, we can conclusively see the telltale signs of a circumplanetary disk, which helps to support ...

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Foot of Cretaceous Enantiornithe Bird Found Encased in Burmese Amber

The ancient bird, named Elektorornis chenguangi, lived 99 million years ago (Cretaceous period) and had a hyper-elongated third toe. Elektorornis chenguangi belongs to a group of extinct birds called Enantiornithes, the most abundant type of bird known from the Mesozoic ...

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Mars Terraforming: Silica Aerogel Could Warm Widespread Regions of Martian Surface

New research by scientists from Harvard University, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the UK Centre for Astrobiology shows that widespread regions of the surface of Mars could be made habitable to photosynthetic life via a solid-state analogue to Earth’s greenhouse ...

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Watch: Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins Reunite To Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Moon Landing

Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins are reuniting on the 50th anniversary of their historical mission to the moon in 1969 at a celebration at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. They’ll be united at the exact time the and ...

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Matcha Tea Has Anti-Anxiety Properties, New Study Shows

In a study done in mice, a team of researchers at Kumamoto University, Japan, demonstrated that Matcha tea powder exerts strong and synergistic anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects, and that the activation of the dopamine D1 and serotonin 5-HT1A receptors contributes to ...

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Insects Experience Chronic Pain after Serious Injury

Insects can enter a neuropathic pain-like state after nerve injury, according to a new study in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster). Chronic pain is defined as persistent pain that continues after the original injury has healed. It comes in two forms: ...

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See the Past, Present and Future of American Spaceflight in 4 Minutes

50 years ago, humankind took its first steps on an otherworldly body. That mission to the Moon, Apollo 11, opened the door to the decades of space exploration that followed. While it has been difficult in recent years to muster ...

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NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity Seen from Space

NASA’s Curiosity rover was imaged on Mars on May 31, 2019, by the HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera aboard the agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. “This may be the best or most interesting image of Curiosity acquired by HiRISE,” said ...

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A NASA Intern Bought Apollo 11 Videotapes for $218. Now They’re Going to Auction for Millions

Three reels of videotape from NASA’s Apollo 11 mission described as “the only surviving first-generation recordings of the historic moon walk” will be auctioned at Sotheby’s on Saturday, the day of the moon landing’s 50th anniversary. The footage offers “unrestored, ...

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