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NASA Invites Public, Media to Watch Asteroid Mission Begin Return to Earth

NASA invites the public and the media to watch its first asteroid sample return mission begin a two-year cruise home at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, May 10, on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. The public can follow along on the NASA Solar System Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts using #ToBennuAndBack, and ask questions about the mission by commenting on an Instagram story between 12 p.m.

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Review: Most Human Origins Stories Are Not Compatible with Known Fossils

FOSSIL APES CAN INFORM US ABOUT ESSENTIAL ASPECTS OF APE AND HUMAN EVOLUTION, INCLUDING THE NATURE OF OUR LAST COMMON ANCESTOR In the 150 years since Charles Darwin speculated that humans originated in Africa, the number of species in the human family tree has exploded, but so has the level of dispute concerning early human evolution. Fossil apes are often

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Crew-1 Astronauts Safely Splash Down After Space Station Mission

Four astronauts splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday, completing NASA’s first commercial crew, long-duration mission aboard the International Space Station. The return comes nearly six months after the crew members arrived at the microgravity laboratory and also marks the longest-duration mission of a crewed American spacecraft to date.   SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, carrying NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon

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Extinct “Horned” Crocodile Gets New Spot in the Tree of Life

A study led by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History has resolved a long-standing controversy about an extinct “horned” crocodile that likely lived among humans in Madagascar. Based on ancient DNA, the research shows that the horned crocodile was closely related to “true” crocodiles, including the famous Nile crocodile, but on a separate branch of the crocodile family

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National Geographic’s ‘Overheard at National Geographic’ Podcast Returns for Season Six

National Geographic’s podcast, Overheard at National Geographic will return for its sixth season Tuesday, May 4. Each weekly episode takes listeners behind the conversations overheard at Nat Geo headquarters, Zooms and Slack chats, as editors plan stories with explorers and scientists, photographers and journalists all over the world. This season, listeners will meet more of the Overheard team as senior editor Eli Chen and producers Brian Gutierrez and Jacob

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Surf and Science Collide with Fine Artist Justin Prough’s Shallows Now Showing at TAG Gallery

Collecting shells with his son inspired sculptor and surfer Justin Prough’s futurist approach to a new series of sculptures, reliefs, and digital works. The artist’s reimagined seascapes display at TAG Gallery on Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile, April 13-May 8. /PRNewswire/ — Rediscover the beauty of our coastal waters with sculptor Justin Prough’s Shallows. Inspired by the spiraling shells, alien bones, and sea-weathered driftwood

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Creativity and Community: How Modern Humans Overcame the Neanderthals

STUDY IDENTIFIES CREATIVITY GENES THAT SET HOMO SAPIENSAPART FROM CLOSE LIVING AND EXTINCT RELATIVES A new study is the first-ever to identify the genes for creativity in Homo sapiens that distinguish modern humans from chimpanzees and Neanderthals. The research identified 267 genes that are found only in modern humans and likely play an important role in the evolution of the behavioral characteristics

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NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 Astronauts Headed to International Space Station

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts are in orbit following their early morning launch bound for the International Space Station for the second commercial crew rotation mission aboard the microgravity laboratory. The international crew of astronauts lifted off at 5:49 a.m. EDT Friday from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket propelled the Crew Dragon spacecraft

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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Succeeds in Historic First Flight

Monday, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet. The Ingenuity team at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California confirmed the flight succeeded after receiving data from the helicopter via NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover at 6:46 a.m. EDT (3:46 a.m. PDT). “Ingenuity is the latest in a

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NASA to Attempt First Controlled Flight on Mars As Soon As Monday

NASA is targeting no earlier than Monday, April 19, for the first flight of its Ingenuity Mars Helicopter at approximately 3:30 a.m. EDT (12:30 a.m. PDT). Data from the first flight will return to Earth a few hours following the autonomous flight. A livestream will begin at 6:15 a.m. EDT (3:15 a.m. PDT), as the helicopter team prepares to receive the data

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