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  1. A team from a Russian polytechnic university is working on an autonomous space module where fresh vegetables could be grown for astronauts.

    The post Future Astronauts Could Enjoy Fresh Vegetables From an Autonomous Orbital Greenhouse appeared first on Universe Today.

  2. NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson did more than just calculate rocket trajectories for early space missions. Her story, when it was finally told, completely changed people’s perceptions about who has been – and who can be — important in history. Margot Lee Shetterly, who wrote about Johnson’s life in the book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream …

    The post The Life of Katherine Johnson Shows that ‘Hidden Figures’ Are Important to History appeared first on Universe Today.

  3. The Gray Whale is the 10th largest creature alive today, and the 9 creatures larger than it are all whales, too. Gray Whales are known for their epic migration routes, sometimes covering more than 16,000 km (10,000 miles) on their two-way trips between their feeding grounds and their breeding grounds. Researchers don’t have a complete …

    The post Solar Storms Might Confuse Whale Navigation, and Make Them More Likely to Strand Themselves appeared first on Universe Today.

  4. Hosts: Dr. Pamela Gay (Cosmoquest.org / @StarStryder ) Allen Versfeld (https://www.urban-astronomer.com/ / @uastronomer) Beth Johnson (@planetarypan) Moiya McTier (https://www.moiyamctier.com/ / @GoAstroMo) This week we welcome Czarina Salido to the Weekly Space Hangout. Czarina is the Executive Director of Time In Cosmology and the founder of the 501(3)(c) non-profit Taking Up Space. Taking Up Space is a program that sends Native …

    The post Weekly Space Hangout: February 26, 2020 – Czarina Salido of Time In Cosmology is ‘Taking Up Space’ appeared first on Universe Today.

  5. A team of scientists from the Netherlands have proposed an exciting new approach for finding exoplanets: look for signs of auroras!

    The post Detecting Exoplanets Through Their Exoauroras appeared first on Universe Today.

  6. The InSight lander has been on the surface of Mars for about a year, and a half dozen papers were just published outlining some results from the mission. Though InSight’s primary mission is to gather evidence on the interior of Mars—InSight stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport—the lander also keeps …

    The post InSight has been Sensing Dust Devils Sweep Past its Landing Site appeared first on Universe Today.

  7. It’s that time again! This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Pamela Hoffman at the Everyday Spacer blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #652. And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you’ve got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. …

    The post Carnival of Space #652 appeared first on Universe Today.

  8. After an usual period of dimming Betelgeuse is growing brighter. But no supernova yet.

    The post Betelgeuse Is Brightening Again appeared first on Universe Today.

  9. The NASA and DLR InSight lander has been on Mars for over a year now. The mission has faced significant challenges getting its HP3 (Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package) into the subsurface, but the spacecraft’s other instruments are working as intended. Now, researchers have published six papers outlining some of the mission’s scientific results. …

    The post After a Challenging First Year on Mars, InSight Shows Us that Mars is Seismically Active appeared first on Universe Today.

  10. Good news: Though we’ve been going through a cometary dry spell as of late, we may have our first good naked eye comet for 2020: Comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS.

    The post Comet Y4 Atlas in Outburst: First Good Comet for 2020? appeared first on Universe Today.

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