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Antarctic ozone holes that recover as atmospheric circulation changes, studies show

As the Antarctic ozone layer continues to recover, it causes changes in atmospheric circulation or the large-scale movement of air over the Earth’s surface, a new study published in the journal Nature finds. Antara Banerjee at the University of Colorado Boulder and her colleagues used data from satellite observations and climate change simulations to model the changing wind patterns. According …

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NASA chooses SpaceX to deliver cargo to Lunar Gateway

The space company will use a variant of the Dragon capsule – different from the one it uses for ISS missions – that can carry more than 5 tonnes of cargo for its Gateway missions. It will fly above the company’s super heavy lift launch vehicle, the Falcon Heavy rocket. Unlike current Dragon capsules that will only remain docked to …

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New predator species discovered in New Mexico

About 67 million years ago, in the San Juan Basin of New Mexico, a previously undiscovered dinosaur used to wander. The Dineobellator raptor was extremely smooth – like a cheetah – with a long tail that served as a rudder to help it move accurately and strong sharp claws, and got its name, meaning “Navajo warrior,” reports Gizmodo. The two-legged …

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This week’s Space Photos: Rovers take selfies – for science

When the spaceship leaves the earth they are intended to either land somewhere, orbit something or fly off a planetary object. And one of the very first things NASA does when a spaceship lands on another planet is to take a selfie: “Let me see your wheels in the dirt so I know you got there safely.” Or “Snap a …

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Earth’s ozone layer seems to be recovering, experts say

Scientists have confirmed that the earth’s ozone layer continues to repair itself – another welcome piece of positive news. The Montreal Protocol was already agreed in 1987 with the intention of protecting the ozone layer and helping it to repair itself, and a study released this week confirmed that the protocol works. For those of you who are unsure what …

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How to see the bright comet ATLAS | Place

-> Steve Pauken of Bisbee, Arizona, captured this image of Comet C / 2019 Y4 (ATLAS) on March 16. He wrote that the comet is: “… will be brighter slowly until mid-May. Since no one else wants to sit in the cold evening air with me, it is a great way to practice social distance. 🙂 “ A recently discovered …

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SpaceX wins contract to supply NASA’s planned lunar space station

NASA has hired SpaceX to transport cargo, research equipment and other supplies to the Gateway space station that the agency plans to build on the lunar orbit, officials said Friday. The station will serve as a staged base for astronauts going down to the lunar surface of the Artemis program. Only two flights with SpaceX’s upgraded Dragon XL cargo, launched …

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Uranus has begun to leak gas, NASA researchers confirm

As if 2020 couldn’t be more damned, NASA scientists looking back through decades of old data from the spaceship Voyager 2 have discovered a mysterious gas that escapes from Uranus. The data showed some mysterious force sucking the atmosphere straight out of the planet and into space. Photo: NASA / JPL Highly detailed and scientific NASA research can confirm that …

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The strangest astronomy field you’ve never heard of

In 2015, astronomers found something strange. It was a white dwarf star, 570 light years from Earth, with a strangely dimming pattern. It dimmed several times to different depths, each depth being repeated in a time frame of 4.5 to 5 hours; and its atmosphere was contaminated with elements usually found in rocky exoplanets. It didn’t take long before they …

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