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Aug 4, 2018

Pentagon resisting Trump's 'Space Force' idea

by Robert Burns

President Donald Trump wants a "Space Force," a new military service he says is needed to ensure American dominance in space. But the idea is gaining little traction at the Pentagon, where the president's defense chief, Jim Mattis, says it would add burdensome bureaucracy ...

Mars makes closest approach to Earth in 15 years

/ Aug 1, 2018

Mars makes closest approach to Earth in 15 years

Earth's neighboring planet, Mars, is closer than it has been in the past 15 years, offering unusually bright views of the red planet's auburn hues. "The red planet and Earth haven't been this close since 2003, and won't be again until 2035," NASA said. Astronomers around ...

Nearby young star may be chomping a planet

/ Jul 19, 2018

Nearby young star may be chomping a planet

Astronomers may have caught a relatively nearby star munching on a planet or mini-planets. A NASA space telescope noticed that the star suddenly started looking a bit strange last year. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory spotted a 30-fold increase in iron on the edge of the ...