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“One Small Step” in a Long Journey

“A journey of a thousand li starts with a single step.” (Tao Te Ching,” Laozi) “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” (Neil Armstrong) I figure the journey to Earth’s moon began when someone looked … Continue reading

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Space ‘Firsts:’ New Horizons, Chang’e-4

It’s been a month for space exploration ‘firsts,’ and a ‘farthest.’ Ultima Thule became the most distant object visited by a probe on January 1, with the New Horizons flyby. A few days later, China’s Chang’e-4 mission landed in the … Continue reading

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ʻOumuamua: Data, Questions

ʻOumuamua, the first interstellar object observed passing through the Solar System, is in the news again. Scientists have been studying what little we know about the object. Quite a few have published their results. Two Harvard scientists looked at the … Continue reading

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An Exomoon, Science and Truth

Kepler-1625b, a gas giant more massive than Jupiter, may have a moon. A big one: nearly Neptune’s size. Scientists still aren’t sure that the exomoon exists. If it does, they have another puzzle: figuring out how it formed. I started … Continue reading

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