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Keeping Earth safe from asteroids

How NASA is working to keep Earth safe from asteroids and other hazards that come from deep space.

Artist's concept of derelict satellite capture by net. Image via ESA.

ESA to capture large derelict satellite

The European Space Agency is moving forward with plans to capture and remove a large piece of space debris, in a mission called e.Deorbit, by 2023.

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16-year-old spots rare bird in Brazil

It was Grandpa Pinpin’s dream to see his favorite bird, Spix’s Macaw, before his death at 94. He didn’t accomplish it, but his 16-year-old granddaughter did.

This artist's rendering shows NASA's Juno spacecraft making one of its close passes over Jupiter. Image via  NASA/JPL-Caltech

Success! Juno is orbiting Jupiter

After a 5-year voyage, Juno performed a successful braking maneuver on July 4. First spacecraft to enter Jupiter orbit since Galileo in the 1990s.

Scientists will use the twin magnetometers aboard NASA's Juno spacecraft to gain a better understanding about how Jupiter's magnetic field is generated. Image via NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Boom! Juno within Jupiter’s magnetosphere

In late June, as Juno crossed into Jupiter’s magnetic field, an instrument aboard the craft recorded the bow shock. Hear it here.

This still from Larry Koehn's recent video shows Venus and Jupiter in late, 2016, when these 2 brightest of planets will appear near each other in the west after sunset.  Visit Larry's website shadowandsubstance.com

Tracking Venus in 2016 and ’17

Looking for Venus? It’ll soon come into view in the west after sunset. This video tracks Venus from when it reappears again by mid-July, 2016 … to April, 2017.

Photo credit: Smithsonian

How do octopuses change their color?

Incredible color-changing! How – and why – the octopus, squid, and cuttlefish change color.

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Cygnus spacecraft’s fiery re-entry

Scientists aboard an aircraft caught the impressive streak and final breakup of the Orbital ATK Cygnus supply ship, as it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on June 22.

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Watch 5 moonsets over Zimbabwe

Moonset at 5 different points on the horizon, at 5 different moon phases, from a young moon to the June 20 full moon at Zimbabwe’s winter solstice.

Artist's concept of a greenhouse on the surface of Mars via SAIC/ NASA.

Can we grow food on Mars?

Apparently we can, and you can view details in this video from a talk given at Mars One’s recent private event in Amsterdam.