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Mars Opposition 2020: How to See It and What to Expect – Space.com

Mars reaches opposition with the sun on Oct. 13, 2020

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Get ready to see the Red Planet up close this week: Mars reaches opposition with the sun on Oct. 13, 2020, offering the closest view of the planet until 2035. 
Mars and Earth both orbit the sun, but at different distances, and thus, different speeds. Every two years or so, Mars, Earth and the sun form a straight line during the course of their orbits, with Earth in the middle an event known as opposition

This fall, opposition will occur on Oct. 13, following the Red Planets closest approac…

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SpaceX Starship go for nosecone installation forward after historic static fire – Teslarati

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that Starship and Raptor’s first triple-engine static fire was a success, opening the door for nosecone installation. Around…

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that Starship and Raptor’s first triple-engine static fire was a success, opening the door for nosecone installation.
Around 3:13 am CDT, October 20th, Starship serial number 8 (SN8) successfully fired up three Raptor engines less than two hours after completing the first successful three-engine preburner test. With zero direct human intervention, SpaceX remotely detanked the rocket’s cryogenic liquid methane and oxygen propellant – the remnants now too warm to…

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NASA probe OSIRIS-REx ‘boops’ asteroid Bennu in historic mission – Phys.org

After a four-year journey, NASA’s robotic spacecraft OSIRIS-REx briefly touched down on asteroid Bennu’s boulder-strewn surface on Tuesday to collect rock and dust…

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After a four-year journey, NASA’s robotic spacecraft OSIRIS-REx briefly touched down on asteroid Bennu’s boulder-strewn surface on Tuesday to collect rock and dust samples in a precision operation 200 million miles (330 million kilometers) from Earth.
The so-called “Touch-And-Go” or TAG maneuver was managed by Lockheed Martin Space in Denver, Colorado, where at 6:12 pm (2212 GMT) an announcer said: “Touchdown declared. Sampling is in progress,” and scientists erupted in celebration.
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The Ozone Hole Over Antarctica Has Grown Much Deeper And Wider in 2020 – ScienceAlert

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica has expanded to one of its greatest recorded sizes in recent years.

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The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica has expanded to one of its greatest recorded sizes in recent years.
In 2019, scientists revealed that the Antarctic ozone hole had hit its smallest annual peak since tracking began in 1982, but the 2020 update on this atmospheric anomaly like other things this year brings a sobering perspective.
“Our observations show that the 2020 ozone hole has grown rapidly since mid-August, and covers most of the Antarctic continent with its size well above average,”…

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