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NASA is weighing measures to contribute to the US coronavirus pandemic battle

NASA’s response so far to the COVID-19 pandemic has focused on switching to remote work as the virus spreads, but the agency is also evaluating other methods to deal with the unprecedented public health crisis, including new ways to contribute to the larger US response. These measures include finding ways to support staff to care for relatives and to collaborate …

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Physicists fight over new dark matter claims | Science

-> By looking for X-rays from the sky between the stars, a team of physicists claim to have excluded a possible type of dark matter. CC0 By Adrian ChoMarch 26, 2020, 1440 For decades, astrophysicists have thought that some form of invisible dark matter must penetrate the galaxies and hold them together, even if its nature remains a mystery. Now, …

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How coronavirus puts NASA’s space race at risk

Lucy is in parts: solar arrays, a telescope structure and various other components of the Jupiter-bound spacecraft being built across the United States. It is a developmental stage that is particularly susceptible to disruption – and right now the new corona virus has disrupted the entire country. Had COVID-19 appeared in the fall of 2020, all of Lucy’s pieces would …

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US Space Force launches satellite after failure

Media playback is not supported on your device captionThe US Space Force launches the first national security mission The US military’s newest branch has launched its first satellite, despite a technical glitch that forced a delay. A rocket carrying an American space communications communications satellite was lifted from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Thursday. A hydraulic fault stopped the …

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In Photos: Expedition 62 mission to the International Space Station

The three-member Expedition 62 crew – Oleg Skripochka, Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan – poses with their missions patch shirts at the International Space Station on February 7, 2020. (Image credit: NASA) Expedition 62 to the International Space Station (ISS) began on February 6, 2020, with Soyuz MS-13 spaceships. The expedition currently consists of three crew members: Cmdr. Oleg Skripochka …

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Quantum effect triggers unusual material expansion

Each samarium atom in a sample of golden samarium sulfide (inserted photo) has a small magnetic moment (blue arrows). Upon cooling, a phenomenon called the Kondo effect causes some of the free electrons in the metal (yellow arrows) to move into the outermost electron shell of the samarium atoms to screen them. Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory You know how to …

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