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*Artificial Intelligence used to discover an eighth exoplanet orbiting a distant star. Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, following the discovery of an eighth planet orbiting the Sun like star Kepler-90 some 2,545 light years away in the constellation Draco. The planet was discovered in data from NASA's planet hunting Kepler Space Telescope.
*NASA’s mission to asteroid 16 Psyche NASA has accelerated its plans to send a spacecraft to the asteroid 16 Psyche. The mission which was slated to launch in 2023 will now fly a year earlier.
*Expedition 54 crew blasts into orbit Three expedition 54 crew members have blasted into orbit on a two day flight to the International Space Station. The new crew members will join three existing expedition 53/54 crew conducting some 250 science experiments in microgravity. *Soyuz touches down safely Three Expedition 52 crew members have returned safely to Earth after five months in orbit aboard the International Space Station. Their Soyuz MS-05 capsule touched down on the frozen early morning Kazakhstan Stepp four hours after undocking from the orbiting outpost.
*The Science Report What may be the earliest direct evidence of life on Earth may have been discovered in Western Australia. Hot tea every day may be linked to being less likely to develop glaucoma. A little Australian native mouse about to become extinct. highly endangered Sumatran Tiger now facing extinction. The ugly truth about kissing under the mistletoe.
The video for the Soyuz Expedition 54 launch is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5BD8mLa0Nk&feature=youtu.be The video for the Soyuz Expedition 53 landing is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZWrwU3KgxI
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