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The Secret Life Of Sally Ride, The First American Woman In Space

Sally was finishing her Ph.D. in physics at Stanford University in 1977 when she answered a NASA newspaper ad seeking astronaut candidates. When she blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983, she became the first American woman—and, at 32, the youngest American—in space. Sally's historic flight made her a symbol of the ability of women to break barriers and a hero to generations of adventurous young girls.

15-year-old discovered a new planet that's 1,000 light years from Earth - ScienceAlert

You’re never too young to leave your mark on the Universe.

At just 15 years old, Tom Wagg discovered what astronomers only began to find 20 years ago - a planet far from Earth, outside of our solar system.

Wagg is one of the youngest to ever detect a planet, according to a press release from Keele University in England where he was working when he made his epic discovery.

Giant gorging black holes may explain rapid growth of infant universe - Deep Stuff

A group of unusual giant black holes may be consuming excessive amounts of matter, according to a new study using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. This new finding may help astronomers to understand how the largest black holes were able to grow so rapidly in the early universe. The leaders of the study are astronomers at Penn State University. The new result suggests that some quasars are even more adept at devouring material than scientists previously knew.

The X-ray observations used in this study were carried out using Chandra’s Advanced CCD Imaging...

'Impossible' Space Engine May Actually Work, NASA Test Suggests

Researchers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston have found that a microwave thruster system that requires no propellant does indeed generate a small amount of thrust, Wired UK reported Thursday (July 31). If the technology pans out, it could make spaceflight far cheaper and speedier, potentially opening up much of the cosmos to exploration, advocates say.
"Test results indicate that the RF [radio frequency] resonant cavity thruster design, which is unique as an electric propulsion device, is producing a force that is not attributable to any classical electromagnetic phenomenon...

New research suggests that our Universe could be a giant hologram - ScienceAlert

As far as mind-melting ideas go, the 'hologram principle' is right up there. It predicts that, mathematically, the Universe requires just two dimensions, and only looks three dimensional to us because it acts like a giant hologram. It sounds pretty crazy, but over the past two decades, the principle has steadily been gathering steam, and now new results suggest that this principle holds true for flat spaces like our Universe, and could soon be tested.

Intense magnetic field close to supermassive black hole -- ScienceDaily

Astronomers have revealed an extremely powerful magnetic field, beyond anything previously detected in the core of a galaxy, very close to the event horizon of a supermassive black hole.

Earth ate a Mercury-like body early in its history, study finds

A Mercury-like body smashed into a young Earth and gave our planet's core the radioactive elements necessary to generate a magnetic field, two Oxford geochemists say.

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