On Dec. 3, the OSIRIS-REx went into orbit around the asteroid Bennu, 241,000 to 209 million miles away from Earth (depending on its orbit). OSIRISREx is a spacecraft created to gather the largest sample of solid outer space material since the Apollo missions from 1969–1972, when the moon rocks were brought to Earth. For now, it will be scanning and mapping the entire surface of Bennu, which is 500 meters in diameter. The engineers’ planned method to make contact with the asteroid is called Tacsam.

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Have you ever wondered whether there are quakes or temblors on Mars? What about how the planet formed?

Scientists intend to answer those questions and more. The InSight lander touched down at the end of November after a seven-month journey to the Red Planet.

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Extreme damage to the roadway in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Top Photo: Extreme damage to a roadway in Anchorage, Alaska caused by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struckon November 30. Photo credit: Josh Bierma

That’s how some mountains were made. Tectonic... Read more

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George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died on Nov. 30. He was 94. 

Bush had a long career of public service. He served in World War II, was a congressman, diplomat, CIA director, vice president for Ronald Reagan, and was president from 1989 to 1993. His son... Read more

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When you share a delicious meal with your family this holiday season, will you be grateful to dad for smoking the turkey? Will you thank your mom for making your favorite dish? Will you be one of the many kids in Arizona who is happy to have enough food this mealtime?

Last year, an estimated 1 in 8 people in the United States were food  INSECURE, including more than 12 million children. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) defines food...Read more

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 Imagine a garden with the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and a light and sound experience. Each year more than 450,000 people visit the Desert Botanical Garden annually. The garden features more than 50,000 plants.

Lauren Warren, assistant director of exhibits for the Desert Botanical Garden, says,” Soon we will celebrate our 80th  anniversary. This year the Garden will celebrate the 40th anniversary of our holiday event, Las Noches de las

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 The vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is a small porpoise with black marks around the eyes and mouth. They are usually light gray colored, with white underbellies. They live in shallow waters in the Gulf of California, Mexico. There are only about 30 of them left! The main reason for this is that they keep getting caught in fishing nets meant to catch a fish called the totoaba. The marine mammal is the most endangered marine mammal today.

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