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NASA boss outweighs Pluto's planetary status – BGR

One of the most popular debating topics on the Internet, at least in terms of astronomy, is whether Pluto should be considered a planet or not. Once classified as a planet, Pluto was "downgraded" by the scientific community and is now considered a dwarf planet. Now, NASA boss Jim Bridenstine, although nobody really asked him for it, has included the …

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So, how much did the light sail of the Planetary Society really sail?

This image was taken during the LightSail 2 sail delivery sequence on July 23, 2019 at 18:49 UTC. The sail is almost fully deployed and appears warped near the edges due to the spacecraft's 185-degree fisheye camera lens. This image was taken during the LightSail 2 sail delivery sequence on July 23, 2019 at 18:48 UTC. Baja California and Mexico …

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Celebrate the promise of planetary defense on this asteroid day

Trying to protect Earth from threatening asteroids is on the brink of recovery, as "a flood of new observations" comes from a new telescope designed to scan the sky, "says Ed Lu, co-founder of the B612 Foundation. A non-profit organization dedicated to planetary defense The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) in Chile is expected to have "first light" in 2020, …

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NASA asteroid test at Planetary Defense Conference marks fake NYC doom

Artist's concept of a catastrophic asteroid impact with the Earth. (Photo: Don Davis, NASA) In a NASA simulation of a fictional scenario, New York City was dropped on Hiroshima. The exercise, which was part of the "National Near-Earth Preparedness Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan," published by the White House, 2019 Planetary Defense Conference at College Park, Maryland, last week. 2027. …

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Watch a debate about whether Pluto should get back his planetary status

If you're someone who is still upset about Pluto's planetary crash more than a decade ago, an upcoming debate on the definition of the word "planet" might be of interest to you. One of Pluto's greatest defenders, Alan Stern, will discuss Ron Akers, former President of the International Astronomical Union – the global organization responsible for redefining the term "planet". …

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The planetary mercury has a solid inner nucleus about the size of Earth's

Mercury surface Photo: MESSENGER A new analysis has shown that mercury, like Earth, has a solid inner nucleus. And the core of Mercury is about the size of our planet. I'm biased here, but Mercury is an incredible, mysterious planet that continues to deliver exciting results for scientists. Most intriguing is that the movement deep into the planet, just like …

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NASA is concerned with the cost growth of flagship missions of the planetary sciences

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – While NASA's entire planetary sciences program has record funding levels, the agency is struggling in two of its largest missions with cost growth confirming that the Mars 2020 rover mission is only 16 months ahead of its planned launch with rising costs is confronted. The agency said that problems with two instruments, the planetary instrument for …

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NASA and ESA join forces to form the historical test of planetary defense

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) work together on missions for a binary asteroid system. The DART and Hera missions will attempt to distract and study the asteroid Didymoon. A planetary defense system is important It's not just a Hollywood exaggeration that an impact of an asteroid falling into the earth would mean catastrophic disaster. Depending on the size …

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