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The first private mission to the Moon can start on Thursday night

Enlarge / Concept of an artist for the lunar probe Space IL on the lunar surface. SpaceIL SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday night, and while this may not be the main payload, a small Israeli lunar lander is by far the most memorable payload of the mission . The 180-kg Beresheet Spacecraft, privately developed …

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A tiny ancestor of T. rex shows how fast tyrannosaurs became giants

A new dinosaur shows that even Tyrannosaurus rex had modest beginnings. Dubbed Moros intrepidus or "the harbinger of fate," the new species is one of the smallest tyrannosaurs yet discovered from the Cretaceous. Analyzes of the animal's fossilized leg show that the creature stood just 1.2 yards at the hip and weighed an estimated 78 kilograms – about the size …

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discovered teeny T. rex relative in the US

Image copyright Jorge Gonzalez / Lindsay Zanno Caption Footage: Tyrannosaurs were generally small in their early development A recently discovered relative of Tyrannosaurus rex stood at the hip just over a meter high, as a study shows. The Little Tyrannosaurus unveils crucial new information on how T. rex established itself as the dominant carnivore in North America. In their early …

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Earth's Atmosphere Is Bigger Than We Thought

We humans like to put labels and boundaries on things. For example, the boundary between Earth's atmosphere and space is the Kármán line, the point at 100 kilometers (62 miles) altitude where aeronautics end, and astronautics take over. But Earth's atmosphere is way more complicated than that (there's even some debate about where the Karman line should be). The region …

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Is Israel about to become the fourth nation to land on the moon?

The man in the moon wants to look you in the eye. Tonight will be the start of the first privately funded mission to the moon. Due to a SpaceX rocket off Cape Canaveral in Florida, Israeli SpaceIL will launch a spaceship into the Moon's orbit. In April, place a lander named Beresheet (in Hebrew for "Genesis") on a stretch …

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How do you keep the story on the moon? : NPR

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. The landing site of Tranquility Base has remained largely untouched. However, this could change as more and more nations and even commercial companies explore the moon. NASA Hide caption Caption switch NASA Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. The …

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Scientists put on horses in costumes to find out why zebras are striped

We know that many of the traits we see in animals are there because they have evolved by being somehow useful to the species. But evolution is chaotic and the supposed benefits of strange functions are not always obvious. Take for example zebra crossing. The black and white robes of the three zebra species that roam Africa have been a …

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In colliding galaxies, a pipsqueak shines bright

Bright green sources of high-energy X-ray light captured by NASA's NuSTAR mission are overlaid on an optical-light image of the Whirlpool galaxy (in the center of the image) and its companion galaxy, M51b (the bright greenish-white spot above the whirlpool), taken by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech, IPAC      In the nearby Whirlpool galaxy and its …

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