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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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InSight on Mars: Now What?

Another robotic lander is on Mars. InSight landed last Monday, November 26, 2018. Folks at NASA and JPL are happy about that. The lander has taken a few pictures and started sending back weather reports. The mission’s main ‘science’ work … Continue reading

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Mars and Beyond

Falcon Heavy’s test flight last week wasn’t perfect. But I’ll call it a success. That’s good news for SpaceX. My opinion isn’t the good news, I’m nowhere near that influential. It’s the largely-successful flight. The test flight’s dummy payload included … Continue reading

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Still Seeking Earth 2.0

We’ve known about 55 Cancri e since 2004. It may have lakes and rivers of lava. But that’s probably not what keeps its night side hot enough to melt copper. Ross 128 b, discovered this year, is a bit more … Continue reading

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