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Equatorial space stations

A space station is thought of as an orbital vehicle capable of supporting one or more humans for a long period of time. These generally lack the main propulsion, reentry and landing systems. These vehicles have docking ports to allow rendezvous and docking of other spacecraft for the purposes of …

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A disk that forms a planet still powered by the mother cloud

Star systems such as our own form within interstellar clouds of gas and dust that collapse producing young stars surrounded by protoplanetary disks. Planets form within these protoplanetary disks, leaving clear gaps, which have recently been observed in evolved systems when the mother cloud was eliminated. ALMA has now revealed …

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Fly to Jupiter in a video from NASA’s Juno mission

How about taking a ride on the Juno mission and seeing Jupiter up close without leaving home? This is what NASA proposes with the video of the last flyby of its spacecraft on the largest planet in the Solar System, published in October. The recording, which lasts just over five …

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Sea Level Watcher takes flight

A joint US-Europe satellite, built to monitor global sea levels, took off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base just after 9:00 am Pacific time on November 21, 2020. About the size of a small pickup truck , Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich will extend a nearly 30-year …

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Genetics behind deadly oat blight – ScienceDaily

A multi-institutional team co-led by a Cornell University researcher has identified the genetic mechanisms that enable the production of a deadly toxin called Victorin, the causative agent of oat blight, a disease that wiped out oat crops in the United States. United in the 1940s. Victoria blight is caused by …

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