space

In 2017, the big mainstream stories of “near-hits” (aka “near-misses”) in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence included episodic dimming of a star caused by possible “alien megastructures,” a large object tearing through our solar system, and video captured by a fighter jet of a weird object capable of incredible maneuvers…

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When astronaut Peggy Whitson pushed out of the International Space Station’s airlock on Tuesday morning, she was floating into history. Stipulated, Whitson was already a badass. But this extra-vehicular activity—an EVA, NASAspeak for a spacewalk—was Whitson’s 10th. That ties her for the American record. A PhD biochemist before she became…

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