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Elon Musk’s Big Bets on Space X Launch and EV Batteries

Elon Musk’s Big Bets on Space X Launch and EV Batteries

Elon Musk’s company Space X is behind the latest NASA chapter, in which the Dragon Capsule launched by the Falcon 9 rocket will deliver astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley in style (wearing Tesla emblazoned custom-made Space X pressure suits) to the international space station – liftoff is set for today 4:33 pm ET. 

Why This Matters:  When it comes to the future, for better or worse, we are in Elon Musk’s hands, even as he argues to rapidly re-open the economy.

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One Stunning Space Thing: Hubble Turns 30 With This Iconic Image

The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized modern astronomy by taking scientists and even the space-loving public on an incredible journey of exploration and discovery.  The images it sends us are iconic and have given us an eye into the cosmos. And to think it was sent to space decades before the invention of Instagram!  Thomas […]

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Giant Ozone Hole Over The Arctic

Scientists at the European Space Agency have found an enormous hole in the Earth’s ozone layer, and it is unusual because it is over the North Pole. 

Why This Matters:  This is believed to be the largest hole ever to have formed above the Arctic.

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One Far Out Thing: Astronaut Provides Tips on Social Distancing From Space

The Late Show host Steven Colbert is really going the extra mile to help us improve our social distancing.  To get advice on how to do it well, he sought out an expert — NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir, who has spent the last 200 days on the International Space Station.  She will get to try […]

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We Need a Down-to-Earth Approach to Solve Our Problems

We Need a Down-to-Earth Approach to Solve Our Problems

We wrote earlier this week that President Trump issued an executive order establishing a policy that calls for the U.S. to mine and exploit the other resources like water on the moon.  As Axios explained, the order “directs the State Department to find international partners that are interested in collaborating with the U.S. on creating ‘sustainable operations’ related to […]

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Trump Issues Executive Order Allowing Mineral Exploitation on the Moon

Trump Issues Executive Order Allowing Mineral Exploitation on the Moon

The Trump administration may be in the midst of battling a global pandemic, but the President made time on Monday to sign an executive order establishing a policy that calls for the U.S. to mine and exploit the other resources like water on the moon. 

Why This Matters:  Doesn’t the President have more important things to do right now than to pursue his endless quest to mine and exploit resources?

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Curious About Mars? Check Out These Pics From NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity

Curious About Mars? Check Out These Pics From NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity

Talk about some cool selfies!  Check out these photos that the Mars Rover took of itself and the Red Planet on February 26th.  According to CNN, the Rover made history by powering up its steepest hill to date, the Greenheugh Pediment, which is at a 31-degree tilt.  On the way up, the Rover’s drivers paused […]

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One Spring Thing: It’s Early This Year

We could all use a little good news.  According to Space.com, spring is arriving early this year thanks to it being a leap year —  the equinox will occur tonight at exactly 11:49 p.m. EDT (0349 GMT on March 20).  So in its honor, we thought you’d enjoy this video of flowers blooming, courtesy of […]

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One Cool Thing:  The New Mars Rover Is Aptly Named Perseverance

One Cool Thing: The New Mars Rover Is Aptly Named Perseverance

NASA asked school children nominate names for the new Mars rover and the agency announced the winner, Perseverance, late last week from among 28,000 nominations.  Alex Mather, a seventh-grader from Springfield, Va., submitted the winning entry and said he was inspired by a NASA Space Camp visit where he saw a giant model of a […]

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February Super Snow Moon Was A Stunner

February Super Snow Moon Was A Stunner


Overnight from Saturday into Sunday, the full moon for the month of February, called the Snow Moon, was particularly spectacular because it occurred about a day before reaching the closest point to Earth in its orbit — and thus it appeared slightly larger than average. 

Why This Matters:  Understanding these natural phenomena is fundamentally human – it transcends cultures and time.

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One Cool Thing: NASA Needs YOU — To Name Its New Rover

One Cool Thing: NASA Needs YOU — To Name Its New Rover

There is an important election happening right now!  You can vote to name NASA’s next Mars rover.  The Agency held an essay contest and invited students from around the country to propose a fitting name for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover and write a short essay about it.  The nine finalists are: Endurance, K-4, Oliver Jacobs […]

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Not Wanting to Miss a Thing, ESA is Officially On-Board to Blast Asteroids with NASA

Not Wanting to Miss a Thing, ESA is Officially On-Board to Blast Asteroids with NASA

The European Space Agency has officially joined NASA on a mission to bust near-Earth asteroids through the AIDA space mission.

Humanity-destroying space objects aren’t just out of 90’s action flicks…

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