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Earth and Beyond

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Earth and Beyond

NASA Prepares To Grow Food In Space

12 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Later this year, NASA plans to send a special project to the International Space Station (ISS) that could someday mark a major first step towards creating sustainable food sources in space. The Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE) contains all the materials needed ...

Earth and Beyond

Newly Discovered Volcano Dwarfs Mauna Loa

12 months ago

What's the Latest Development? A team of scientists led by the University of Houston's William Sager has provided proof that Tamu Massif, located about 1,000 miles east of Japan in the northern Pacific Ocean, is the world's largest single-shield volcano. At 120,000 square miles, it dominates the ...