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From Solo Cup to an asteroid: NASA's newest space mission

From Solo Cup to an asteroid: NASA's newest space mission

OSIRIS-REx is destined to blast off to Bennu, an Asteroid near Earth, to collect 4.5 billion year old space dust. Like every other space mission, the objective is to find any characteristics that could suggest life in the universe. Jim Harris, a Lockheed Martin engineer, is the brainchild (brainadult?) behind the OSIRIS-REx.

Source: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-solo-cup-asteroid-nasa-space.html

Image Source: By DiegoAbud (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Mars gullies likely not formed by liquid water

Mars gullies likely not formed by liquid water

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has returned data back to NASA suggesting that the current gullies on Mars were not formed due to liquid flowing water. Gullies look like former streams with debris and no water; Earth has gullies too that are replete with H2O, but Mars' physical features appear to have been created differently than Earth's landforms.

Source: http://phys.org/news/2016-07-mars-gullies-liquid.html

Image Source: By NikoLang (Own work (Screenshot)) [GPL (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Two super-Earth-sized planets discovered orbiting a nearby star

Two super-Earth-sized planets discovered orbiting a nearby star

NASA's Kepler has found two more planets on its K2 extended mission. Both of these planets reside near a star 150 light years away. The star, known as HD 3167, is approximately the size of the sun, and has two planets: the smaller planet is 60% larger than Earth, and the larger is 200% larger than Earth. Kepler has found over 100 undiscovered planets.

Source: http://phys.org/news/2016-07-super-earth-sized-planets-orbiting-nearby-star.html