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Young moon, Venus, Mars after sunset mid-June

These next several evenings – June 11, 12 and 13, 2021 – watch for the young moon to return to the evening sky. As viewed from North America, the slender crescent pairs up with Venus on June 11 and Mars on June 13. Enjoy!

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See 1st new images of Ganymede in over 20 years

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has sent back the first new closeup images of Jupiter’s largest moon Ganymede in over 20 years. They show the moon’s craters, light and dark patches and tectonic faults in beautiful detail. See them here!

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China to launch Shenzhou 12 mission to its space station

China is getting ready to launch 3 astronauts to the Tiangong space station as part of a mission called Shenzhou 12. There’s been no mention of an official launch date, but it was initially rumored for June 10, 2021, and now appears to be slated for June 17.

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NASA and UFOs: Space agency to take closer look

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson wants the space agency to start taking a closer look at UFO reports like the ones coming from Navy pilots in recent years. He has directed NASA scientists to move forward with new ways of discussing the decades-old phenomenon.

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Are organic salts on Mars a clue to life?

NASA’s Curiosity rover has found hints of organic salts on Mars. If confirmed, they could provide important clues about previous habitability and the potential for ancient microbial life.

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