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Researchers grow crops in simulated Martian and Lunar soil

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Researchers grow crops in simulated Martian and Lunar soil

Researchers from the Dutch Wageningen University and Research Center announced on Tuesday that they had successfully cultivated 10 food crops in soil that simulates what astronauts would encounter both on the Moon and on Mars. The team managed to harvest tomatoes, peas, rye, garden rocket, radish and garden cress -- a much better result than the team's initial experiments in 2015 which saw only a few individual plants even germinate. "The total above-ground biomass produced on the Mars soil simulant was not significantly different from the potting compost we used as a control", Dr Wieger Wamelink said in a statement....

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Rare Celestial Event: Best Places to See the Super Blood Moon

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Rare Celestial Event: Best Places to See the Super Blood Moon

It’s a celestial dynamic duo that hasn’t been seen in more than 30 years. On Sunday, Sept. 27, most of North America, South America, and Africa will see a supermoon and blood moon at once. This phenomenon has only happened five times since 1900 and won’t happen again until 2033. When to see it If you live on the West Coast of the U.S. or Canada, you will be able to see the supermoon and lunar eclipse beginning at 7:11 p.m. PDT. It might be a good idea to eat dinner outside, as the event will last about an hour...

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'Moon rock' given to Holland by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin is fake

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'Moon rock' given to Holland by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin is fake

Curators at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, where the rock has attracted tens of thousands of visitors each year, discovered that the "lunar rock", valued at £308,000, was in fact petrified wood. Xandra van Gelder, who oversaw the investigation, said the museum would continue to keep the stone as a curiosity. "It's a good story, with some questions that are still unanswered," she said. "We can laugh about it." The rock was given to Willem Drees, a former Dutch leader, during a global tour by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin following their moon mission 50 years ago. J. William Middendorf,...

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China's photo of Earth and Moon from Lunar Orbit

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China's photo of Earth and Moon from Lunar Orbit

Photo taken by China's Lunar orbiter shows the Earth together with the Moon. The lunar orbiter is expected to fly back to the earth on Nov. 1, after flying away the Moon's gravitational sphere of influence and transferring to terrestrial orbit, according to China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) on Oct. 28, 2014. via Xinhua | English.news.cn.

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Time-Lapse of 'Blood Moon' and Lunar Eclipse

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Time-Lapse of 'Blood Moon' and Lunar Eclipse

If you lived in Europe or Africa — or if you’re in the US and the thought of getting up between 2 and 5 in the morning repelled you — you probably missed this week’s total lunar eclipse and ‘blood moon.’ But have no fear, because Griffith Observatory in LA captured a close-up (if a bit shaky) time-lapse of the entire rust-colored event for you. The video, which you can see above, could use a bit of stabilization, but the phenomenon is pretty incredible nonetheless. And it turns out Griffith was one of the luckiest observatories for having such an...

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