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Movement of the Moon and Sun around a flat Earth. (CC BY-SA 4.0)

If The Earth Was Flat

By: Brandon Tao, Journalist
We have always known that the Earth is a sphere. But what if we were wrong? What if the flat Earth community was right and the Earth was actually flat? Spoiler Alert: Very Bad!
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Artists impression of COROT-7b (in foreground), likely a lava exoplanet (CC BY 4.0)

Different Types Of Planets

By: Brandon Tao, Journalist
The first four planets in our solar system are known as "Terrestrial" planets, while the outer four planets are known as "Gas Giants". As for the possible quadrillions of exoplanets in our universe, it is not as simple as classifying them as "terrestrial" or "gas giant" because some of them are so vastly different to our solar system. Because of this, astronomers produce new scientific terms to sort out the unusual exoplanets they have discovered.
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an image of a very large star in the sky

The Birth Of A Star

By: Sir Pharaoh Carter, Journalist
You may think that stars have existed since the start of the world or that they just randomly appear, but the creation of a star is one of the most complicated processes that you can ever learn about. In a literal sense, stars are very hot balls that are made of gases such as hydrogen and helium that are power by nuclear fusion but these stars don't just appear.
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a red planet with a star in the background

Why Haven’t We Traveled To Mars yet?

By: Rawson Barr, Journalist
For years, the idea of humans traveling to Mars has been a hot topic in the scientific and space communities. However, despite numerous missions to the red planet by NASA and other space organizations, humans have yet to set foot on its surface. So, what are the reasons for this delay, and why haven't we made it to Mars yet?
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rocket ship launching during daytime

How SpaceX Transformed The Rocket

By: Andrei Daquioag, Journalist
On March 14th, 2002, Elon Musk founded SpaceX with the hope of revolutionizing spaceflight and making commercial spaceflight more accessible. Initially, SpaceX was struggling. Their first flight of the Falcon 1, in March of 2006, had failed, and subsequent launches failed to reach orbit. The company was on the brink of bankruptcy, but fortunately, SpaceX received grant of $1 billion from NASA. On May 25th, 2012, the SpaceX Dragon capsule docked with the ISS, resulting in shipping contracts for SpaceX, and jumpstarting SpaceX's development for a reusable rocket.
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What Is A Solar Eclipse?

By: Rawson Barr, Journalist
A solar eclipse is one of the most fascinating astronomical events that occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, blocking some or all of the Sun's light from reaching the Earth's surface.
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Robert Goddard, bundled against the cold New England weather of March 16, 1926, holds the launching frame of his most notable invention — the first liquid-fueled rocket. (CC0 1.0)

The First Rockets Ever Built

By: Brandon Tao, Journalist
Some of The first rockets ever built date back as far as ancient China. Not built to venture out into space, but to be used as a weapon of war, ever since then they've been used as a weapon of mass destruction, until now. How did it turn from a weapon of war, to a vehicle of space exploration that we know today?
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China Plans to Develop a Railgun Used to Launch Hypersonic Planes Into Space

China Plans to Develop a Railgun Used to Launch Hypersonic Planes Into Space

By: Daniel Do, Journalist
The space planes will allegedly be bigger than a Boeing 747, over 129 feet long. he railgun will essentially be a giant electromagnetic launch that will be expected to accelerate a hypersonic aircraft to Mach  1.6, nearly twice the speed of sound.
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Earth with clouds above the African continent

What If The Earth Stopped Rotating?

By: Rawson Barr, journalist
Imagine a world where the Earth stopped rotating. In this scenario, the Earth would stop turning on its axis, meaning that the day and night cycle would come to a halt. This would have a profound impact on the planet and all of its inhabitants.
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Rendering of the Magnetosphere.

The Sound of the Magnetosphere

By: Audrey Bang, Journalist
Earth is the only known habitable planet in our complex universe. The Earth is located in a spot called, "The Habitable Zone", which is the spot in our Solar System that is the most optimal spot for survival.
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moon photography

Dark dunes on Titan could be made from comets.

By: William Bohoney, Journalist
The vast dunes on Titan seem to have been formed by comets striking the moon. The proposed scenario could explain the presence of similar material observed on other worlds, said Bottke.
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How We Will Survive on Mars

By: Tristan Pham, Journalist
As we set our sights towards the red planet, the question of how humans will survive on Mars has never been more pertinent.
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