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    NASA sending spacecraft straight into sun’s glittering crown

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is sending a spacecraft straight into the sun’s glittering crown, an atmospheric region so hot and harsh any normal visitor would wither. Set to launch early Saturday, the Parker Solar Probe is as heat-resistant as a spacecraft gets, essential for exploring our star closer than ever before. The U.S. […]
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    Mars making closest approach to Earth in 15 years

    Mars is already brighter than usual and will shine even more-- and appear bigger -- as Tuesday nears. Astronomers expect good viewing through early August.
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    Gala opens countdown to 50th anniversary of 1st moon landing

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was noticeably absent from a gala kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, even though his nonprofit space education foundation is a sponsor and he typically is the star attraction. Aldrin said he didn’t attend because of objections […]
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    Week-long OWL Camp teaches kids about STEM, through Harry Potter

    WEST JORDAN, Utah — The Salt Lake County Library is hosting its popular OWL Camp this week. It’s a STEM summer camp that uses the fandom of Harry Potter to get students more exposure to science. The line of kids stretched along the sidewalk before the Viridian Event Center at 8 in the morning Monday. […]
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    US stepping up Earth’s protection from asteroids, comets

    The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to protect the planet from incoming asteroids that could wipe out entire regions or even continents.
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    Mars rover still silent as red planet dust storm goes global

    A dust storm at Mars is now global, keeping NASA's Opportunity rover out of touch with Earth.
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    NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s seemingly unstoppable Mars rover Opportunity has been knocked out by a gigantic dust storm that is enveloping the red planet and blotting out the sun. Officials said Wednesday they’re hopeful the rover will survive the storm, which already covers one-quarter of Mars and is expected to encircle the planet […]
  • Recreation

    Be on the lookout for cyanobacteria on Utah waters

    While you’re enjoying Utah’s lakes, rivers and streams this summer, the Division of Water Quality wants you to look out for cyanobacteria.
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    New Mars discoveries advance case for possible life

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — New Mars discoveries are advancing the case for possible life on the red planet, past or even present. Scientists reported Thursday that NASA’s Curiosity rover has found potential building blocks of life in an ancient Martian lakebed. Hints have been found before, but this is the best evidence yet. The […]
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    Russian space capsule with 3 astronauts lands in Kazakhstan

    DZHEZKAZGAN, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three astronauts from the International Space Station has landed safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan. The capsule hit the ground at 6:39 p.m. (1239 GMT) Sunday without apparent problems, descending under a red-and-white parachute. Aboard were Russian Anton Shkaplerov, American Scott Tingle and Japan’s Norishige […]