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The first space station crew to launch during a pandemic is coming home

The first space station crew to launch during a pandemic is coming home

After launching to the International Space Station on April 9, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner will return to Earth on Wednesday, October 21. The crew launched just weeks after the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 as a pandemic, making them the first crew to launch to space under…MORE

NASA mission successfully touched down on asteroid Bennu

NASA mission successfully touched down on asteroid Bennu

After orbiting the near-Earth asteroid Bennu for nearly two years, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully touched down and reached out its robotic arm to collect a sample from the asteroid’s surface on Tuesday. That sample will be returned to Earth in 2023. To achieve this historic first for NASA, a van-size spacecraft had to briefly touch…MORE

Orionid meteor shower peaks tonight

Orionid meteor shower peaks tonight

The Orionid meteor shower will peak in the early morning hours of October 21, sprinkling remnants of Halley’s Comet in Earth’s atmosphere to create a dazzling display. The moon’s faint waxing crescent phase will allow for optimal viewing. And if you can’t see the meteor shower on October 21, experts advise looking up during the…MORE

Asteroid Bennu is about to play ‘tag’ with a NASA spacecraft

Asteroid Bennu is about to play ‘tag’ with a NASA spacecraft

A NASA spacecraft will play a game of tag this week with a near-Earth asteroid. The mission will attempt the agency’s first sample collection from an asteroid that will be returned to Earth. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been orbiting the asteroid Bennu since late 2018. The mission — which stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource…MORE

When this creature faces deadly radiation, glowing is the only option

Deadly levels of radiation won’t stop this creature from shining bright. This newly discovered strain of tardigrade can protect itself from lethal levels of ultraviolet light through glowing, according to a recent study published in The Royal Society journal. The tardigrade found to have this trait is called the Paramacrobiotus BLR strain. It was first…MORE

Question of the Day

Oct 21

Q: People who do this at least 10-times a month say they experience withdrawal symptoms if their routine is stopped… A: Tanning

Oct 20

Q: If this is something you like to do regularly, it could tack on an extra 18-months to your life… A: Read books

Oct 19

Q: More people have been doing this in the kitchen due to the pandemic… A: Canning fruits and veggies