China completes lander test for first Mars mission in 2020
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China completes lander test for first Mars mission in 2020

HUAILAI, China (Reuters) - China on Thursday successfully completed a crucial landing test in northern Hebei province ahead of a historic unmanned exploration mission to Mars next year.…

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Resolving the Enigma of Graphene Bending – “Everyone Disagreed, They Were Actually All Correct”
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Resolving the Enigma of Graphene Bending – “Everyone Disagreed, They Were Actually All Correct”

Illustration of a bend in bilayer graphene. Credit: Blanka Janicek, Pinshane Huang Lab New research by engineers at the University of Illinois combines atomic-scale experimentation with computer modeling…

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Evolution can reconfigure gene networks to deal with environmental change
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Evolution can reconfigure gene networks to deal with environmental change

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Scientists at the University of Birmingham have unravelled the genetic mechanisms behind tiny waterfleas' ability to adapt to increased levels of phosphorus pollution in…

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Japan’s asteroid probe is headed back to Earth, and it’s carrying precious cargo
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Japan’s asteroid probe is headed back to Earth, and it’s carrying precious cargo

The Japanese space program JAXA has accomplished a lot in 2019. After successfully guiding its asteroid probe Hayabusa2 to the space rock known as Ryugu in late 2018,…

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Nobody knows what’s creating oxygen on Mars
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Nobody knows what’s creating oxygen on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover returned some seriously surprising data to Earth earlier this year, with readings of elevated methane levels that were hard to explain. Subsequent tests attempted to…

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Abort System Aces Ground Test Ahead of Major Launch
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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Abort System Aces Ground Test Ahead of Major Launch

Home News Spaceflight SpaceX test-fired the eight SuperDraco launch abort engines on its Crew Dragon spacecraft in a successful ground test on a pad at the Cape Canaveral…

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China Launches 2 Rockets Within 3 Hours in Latest Space Rally (Videos)
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China Launches 2 Rockets Within 3 Hours in Latest Space Rally (Videos)

A Chinese Long March 6 rocket launched five satellites into orbit on the Ningxia-1 mission Wednesday (Nov. 13), just three hours after another launch in a double header…

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After visiting asteroid, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 probe heads back to Earth with samples
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After visiting asteroid, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 probe heads back to Earth with samples

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft and its science team bid a bittersweet farewell to the asteroid Ryugu, 180 million miles from Earth, and began the months-long return trip to…

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Ridgecrest earthquakes show how small faults can trigger big quakes
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Ridgecrest earthquakes show how small faults can trigger big quakes

When an earthquake strikes, the instinct of many Californians is to ask: Which fault ruptured — the Newport-Inglewood, the Hayward, the mighty San Andreas?But scientists are increasingly saying…

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Japan’s Space Probe Is Returning to Earth With an Actual Piece of Asteroid
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Japan’s Space Probe Is Returning to Earth With an Actual Piece of Asteroid

KYOKO HASEGAWA, AFP 13 NOV 2019 Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe will leave its orbit around a distant asteroid and head for Earth on Wednesday after an unprecedented mission, carrying…

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