Monthly Archives: December 2018

Farthest flyby celebrated with New Year’s flair

LAUREL, Md. — Hundreds of well-wishers took part in a different kind of New Year’s countdown, 33 minutes past midnight, to celebrate the moment when NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past an icy object known as Ultima Thule, more than 4 billion … Continue reading

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Rock-star astrophysicist debuts space anthem

LAUREL, Md. — After you’ve participated in NASA’s New Horizons mission to the edge of the solar system, and written a rock anthem for the mission as well, what is there left to do? For Brian May, the lead guitarist … Continue reading

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OSIRIS-REx enters close orbit around asteroid

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft today maneuvered into an orbit that takes it within 4,000 feet of the surface of Bennu, a diamond-shaped asteroid that’s 70 million miles from Earth. The orbit sets a record for interplanetary travel. The quarter-mile-wide asteroid is … Continue reading

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Probe sends first glimpse of distant icy world

LAUREL, Md. — The science team for NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft released its first multi-pixel view of an icy world more than 4 billion miles from Earth, and the analysis suggests it’s an elongated space cigar. “We know it’s not … Continue reading

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Ring in the New Year with history’s farthest flyby

LAUREL, Md. — The sleeping bags are rolled out and the videos are cued up for a New Year’s celebration of cosmic proportions here at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, but the star of the show is still a mystery. … Continue reading

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Bill Gates shifts nuclear sights from China to U.S.

In his year-end letter, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says his to-do list for 2019 includes persuading U.S. leaders to regain America’s leading role in nuclear energy research and embrace advanced nuclear technologies such as the concept being advanced by his own … Continue reading

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Year in Science: Genetic hopes and fears come true

In science, it was the best of times, and the worst of times. 2018 was a year when researchers focused in on ways to head off disease by reprogramming a patient’s own cells, but also crossed what many thought were ethical red … Continue reading

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