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Astronaut requirements changing rapidly with private spaceflyers, long-duration missions – Space.com

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NASA’s 2017 Class of Astronauts participate in graduation ceremonies at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on Jan. 10, 2020. This is the first class to graduate under the Artemis program, and the 13 astronauts are now eligible for assignments to the International Space Station, Artemis missions to the moon, and ultimately, missions to Mars. (Image credit: NASA)
Being an astronaut of the 2020s will be completely different than it was for any astronaut that came before, a panel of spacef…

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The Milky Way’s quiet, introverted monster won’t spin – Livescience.com

Many black holes spin much faster than this.

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There’s a beast hiding at the center of the Milky Way, and it’s barely moving.
This supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A* (SgrA*), has a mass 4.15 million times that of our sun. It first revealed itself to scientists as a mysterious source of radio waves
from the galaxy’s center back in 1931; but it wasn’t until 2002 that researchers confirmed the radio waves were coming from something massive and compact like a black hole a feat that earned them the 2020 Nobel Prize in physics
. Just days before…

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Sensors on NASA’s Mars 2020 Spacecraft Answer Long-Distance Call From Earth – SciTechDaily

Instruments tailored to collect data during the descent of NASA’s next rover through the Red Planet’s atmosphere have been checked in flight. On October 8, 2020,…

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Instruments designed to collect data during the descent of NASA’s Perseverance rover through the Red Planet’s atmosphere have been checked in flight. Credit: NASA
Instruments tailored to collect data during the descent of NASA’s next rover through the Red Planet’s atmosphere have been checked in flight.
On October 8, 2020, with COVID-19 safety protocols in place, team members of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission waited for a reply from the Mars Entry, Descent, and Landing Instrumentation…

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Rare, 2-headed snake discovered by Florida house cat – Live Science

“Dos” the snake has 2 brains, 2 throats and one scaly body.

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What has two brains, no legs and the best profile pic on Facebook? That would be this rare, two-headed racersnake
recently discovered by a house cat in Palm Harbor, Florida.
The cat’s family was rudely introduced to the supernatural serpent about a month ago when their cat, Olive, dropped the critter on their living room floor, according to a Facebook post
. The family was bewildered to see that a small, speckled snake with two heads attached to the same body, each one able to move its eyes, neck…

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