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Aug 27, 2021

NASA’s $10 Billion James Webb Space Telescope Has Successfully Completed Testing

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After successful completion of its final tests, NASA

Established in 1,958 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government that succeeded the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). It is responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. It’s vision is “To discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity.”

Aug 25, 2021

Lucy: NASA mission to primordial asteroids may explain 2 cosmic mysteries

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During an upcoming NASA mission, currently scheduled for an October lift-off, a spacecraft called Lucy will be the first to visit a fleet of primordial bodies trailing behind Jupiter. It will launch on the Atlas V 401 rocket.

The Lucy mission will be the first to explore the Trojan asteroids, a large group of asteroids that share Jupiter’s orbit around the Sun.

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Aug 23, 2021

Watch: Perseverance captures a sparkling sight from the Martian surface

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Incredible footage showcases an other-worldly moon.

On Friday, NASA released a time-lapse taken by the Perseverance rover of a Martian moon named Deimos.

Aug 23, 2021

NASA Solar Sail Asteroid Mission Readies for Launch on Artemis I

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NASA’s Near-Earth Asteroid Scout is tucked away safely inside the agency’s powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The solar sailing CubeSat is one of several secondary payloads hitching a ride on Artemis I, the first integrated flight of the agency’s SLS and the Orion spacecraft.

Aug 22, 2021

China’s Answer to the Aging International Space Station: The Tech Behind Tiangong | WSJ

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China says its spacecraft has more advanced technology.

While the future of the nearly 23-year-old International Space Station remains uncertain after 2,024 China says its newly equipped Tiangong station will be up and running by next year. WSJ unpacks the design and technology of both space stations. Photo: CCTV; NASA

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Aug 22, 2021

How can we take pictures of Earth-like exoplanets? Use the sun!

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If we ever want to take pictures of an Earth-like exoplanet, we need to think bigger than the biggest telescopes on Earth.

Aug 22, 2021

Look: Saturn’s rings reveal the planet’s “fuzzy” interior

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Understanding anything about a planet a billion miles from Earth is difficult.

Saturn’s core may be much bigger and “fuzzier” than previously thought, according to a new study of the planet’s rings using data from NASA’s Cassini.

Aug 22, 2021

Scientists re-create what may be life’s first spark

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Circa 2014

Scientists in a lab used a powerful laser to re-create what might have been the original spark of life on Earth.

The researchers zapped clay and a chemical soup with the laser to simulate the energy of a speeding asteroid smashing into the planet. They ended up creating what can be considered crucial pieces of the building blocks of .

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Aug 22, 2021

BepiColombo spacecraft records the sound of solar wind at Venus

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The probe has made detailed measurements of Venus’s cloudy atmosphere. Could it find life?

The Mercury-bound BepiColombo spacecraft recorded the sound of the solar wind at Venus as it flew just 340 miles (550 kilometers) above the planet’s surface during a maneuver designed to adjust its path.

Aug 22, 2021

Ingenuity’s Flight 12 was a Tricky one, Flying Over Hazardous Terrain

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The Ingenuity helicopter on Mars has now completed its 12th flight, where it acted as a scout, looking ahead for dangerous terrain for it’s partner in crime, the Perseverance rover.

The 4-pound autonomous rotocraft climbed over almost 10 meters (33 ft) high, and traveled a total of 450 meters (1,476 ft) in 169 seconds. It flew over the over an area dubbed the ‘South Seitah’ region of Mars, where Perseverance will explore.

“A dozen for the books!” said JPL on Twitter. “The Mars helicopter’s latest flight took us to the geological wonder that is the ‘South Seitah’ region.”

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