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SpaceX Sticks The Landing


SpaceX successfully launched and landed a Falcon 9 rocket. About ten minutes after liftoff Monday night, the rocket was safely back at Cape Canaveral.
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NASA Scientists Observe “Lightsaber” Star


On the day the new Star Wars movie premiers in theaters, NASA scientists released images of a new star that looks like a giant lightsaber in the sky. And while light sabers may be a thing of science fiction, 90.7’s Brendan Byrne spoke with Hubble Space Telescope scientist Jennifer Wiseman about the not-so-science-fiction reasons behind the stellar phenomenon.
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This image captures an elongated erupting prominence — Prominences are huge clouds of relatively cool dense plasma suspended in the Sun’s hot, thin corona. Photo: NASA
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Scientists Predict ‘Space Weather’ With Satellite Aimed At Sun


Solar flares from the sun as far as some 92-million miles away impact the way GPS satellites work, and have the potential take down power grids here on Earth. 90.7’s Brendan Byrne spoke with NASA scientists Yari Collado-Vega about how scientists are using a satellite 1-million miles away from Earth called SOHO to predict the weather in space.
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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket during a test for a previous mission
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SpaceX Announces Return To Flight


SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the private space company will return to flight as early as December 19th. It will be SpaceX’s first launch since June, when a Falcon 9 rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded about two-minutes after liftoff.
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