Monthly Archives: December 2017

Year in Space: From a black sun to a brighter moon

The first total solar eclipse to go across America from coast to coast in 99 years has to rank as the top space story of 2017. But where do you go from there? Would you believe the moon? The moon … Continue reading

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How scientists are expanding the SETI spectrum

BERKELEY, Calif. — Twenty years after the movie “Contact” brought the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, to the big screen, it’s dawning on astronomers that the real-world plotline might turn out to be totally different 20 years from now. So far, … Continue reading

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Blue Origin spends $14 million to buy more space

Blue Origin, the space venture founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has spent $14.1 million to buy 31 acres of land that’s earmarked for expansion of its headquarters in Kent, Wash. Purchase of the undeveloped land at and around 21601 76th Av., just … Continue reading

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‘Aspiring astronaut’ doll lands in the spotlight

American Girl put a Space Age spin on the centuries-old tradition of dress-up dolls today by unveiling a spacesuit-clad character named Luciana Vega as its “Girl of the Year” for 2018. The big reveal came on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” when the 18-inch-high doll … Continue reading

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Happy Kwanzaa from NASA – and Ceres!

Kwanzaa may be an African-American festival on Earth, but it’s also a cute little mountain on the dwarf planet Ceres – and there’s a reason for that connection to the season. Today NASA is highlighting the Cerean geological feature known as Kwanzaa … Continue reading

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From ‘Last Jedi’ to ‘Solo’: 10 sci-fi shows for 2018

The dust has barely settled on the premiere of “Star Wars, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.” Or is that a thin layer of salt? In any case, it’s already time to look forward to the science-fiction screen offerings in the months ahead, … Continue reading

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Amazon Air gets a shorter name for Christmas

Is “Amazon Prime Air” no longer a factor? Not quite, but if you’re reading the tea leaves in today’s post-holiday recap from Amazon, you’ll notice that the online retailing giant’s fleet of Boeing 767 cargo delivery jets is now called “Amazon Air.” … Continue reading

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