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Dec 11, 2018

LIVE NOW: Do you like penguins?

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Do you like space? 🌌 A science team is presenting about their expedition to document a supercolony of penguins in Antarctica — which they found by using NASA Earth satellite imagery! 🛰️ Learn all about how to study penguins from space! https://go.nasa.gov/2rsoF4y

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Dec 11, 2018

First #selfie! I’m feeling healthy, energized and whole. This is me on #Mars

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Dec 11, 2018

NASA’s InSight Takes Its First Selfie

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First #selfie! I’m feeling healthy, energized and whole. This is me on #Mars. http://go.nasa.gov/2Qn6Pi6&h=AT3Q6ffKt6_9qmkSPTO3bdwJ0GlGXlT…Qbo516oeGQ

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Dec 11, 2018

The Geminid meteor shower is coming to a sky near you Thursday night

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There’s a cool doubleheader in outer space this week: In addition to the fly-by of comet 46P/Wirtanen over the weekend, the often spectacular Geminid meteor shower will also make its annual appearance Thursday.

With hundreds of meteors streaking across the night sky, the Geminids are often the best meteor shower of the year. “The reliable Geminid shower counts as one of the year’s best, peppering the nighttime sky with 50–120 meteors per hour at its peak,” noted EarthSky.org.

More good news: The crescent moon will set around 10:30 p.m., leaving the rest of the night moon-free, Astronomy.com said. Observers under a clear dark sky can expect to see an average of two per minute.

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Dec 11, 2018

Apollo 8: A Story of Christmas Around The Moon

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50 years ago this Christmas, we orbited the Moon for the first time. 1 out of every 4 people on Earth watched the crew’s broadcast on Christmas Eve. This is the story of Apollo 8:

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Dec 11, 2018

Organs grown in space: Russian scientists 3D-print mouse’s thyroid on ISS in world first

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Medical research has taken a leap into the future as Russian scientists have managed to grow a mouse’s thyroid in zero gravity using a 3D bioprinter on the International Space Station (ISS). And human organs may be next in line.

The breakthrough device dubbed Organaut was delivered to the ISS by a Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft on December 3 by Expedition 58.

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Dec 11, 2018

First Pinoy app nominated as global finalist to the NASA Space Apps Challenge

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MANILA, Philippines — Among the 2,729 teams in 200 locations all over the world who participated in the NASA Space Apps Challenge, an app made by Filipino innovators was nominated first time by NASA scientists and experts to become a finalist at the global level. Altogether, they will join the top 25 in competing for the six winners of the biggest hackathon in the universe.

The winning app seeking to communicate scientific data to fishermen even without Internet connection was made by IT professionals Revbrain G. Martin, Marie Jeddah Legaspi, and Julius Czar Torreda from team iNON, which stands for “It’s now or never.” Named ISDApp, from the Tagalog word “isda” meaning fish, it sends useful information to fishermen such as real-time weather, sunrise and sunset, wind speed, and cloud coverage to plan their fishing activities in catching more fish using the NASA GLOBE Observer app, a data collection from citizen scientists around the world used in concert with NASA satellite data to identify or communicate information, and educating the public about planet Earth. Fishermen will receive SMS notifications from the Amazon Web Services gateway while local government officials would manage their details using a smartphone app connected to the cloud. NASA scientists and experts consider this fisherfolk app made by Pinoys as one of the solutions “with the most potential to improve life on Earth or in the universe,” therefore nominated as global finalist for Galactic Impact.

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Dec 11, 2018

We Finally Have Found One Part of The Human Body Not Damaged by Space Travel

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Being in space can have weird and sometimes harmful effects on the human body, and we’ll have to work through those issues if we’re to make it out to Mars and beyond, and stay healthy.

But it looks like we have finally found one feature of the human body that’s untroubled by microgravity — and it’s a part of our all-important immune system.

Based on a study of blood samples from International Space Station (ISS) crew members, a few months in space don’t affect B-cell immunity — the number of white blood cells in our bodies ready to fight off infection by producing antibodies.

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Dec 10, 2018

Voyager 2 has finally entered interstellar space, more than 40 years after its launch

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It’s pretty cool how NASA knows the spacecraft is in interstellar space.


It’s only the second object made by humans to ever reach this distance, following Voyager 1 in 2012.

The long journey: Since launching more than 40 years ago back in 1977, the probe has traveled 11 billion miles to get to cross into interstellar space. While it launched before Voyager 1, its flight path put Voyager 2 on a slower path to reach this milestone.

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Dec 10, 2018

NASA’s Newly Arrived OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Discovers Water on Bennu

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We’ve discovered water on the asteroid Bennu! Our OSIRIS-REx mission has revealed water locked inside the clays that make up Bennu.


Recently analyzed data from NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has revealed water locked inside the clays that make up its scientific target, the asteroid Bennu.

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