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May 8, 2021

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Space.com

If your weather is clear this weekend, step outside and stare upward anytime from one to two hours after sundown. If you’re fortunate to be located well away from any bright lights, break out a long lounge or deck-chair and get comfortable. Once your eyes …

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Space.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX will launch one of its rockets for a record 10th time Sunday (May 9), with a very sooty Falcon 9 rocket lofting a new fleet of Starlink satellites into space before dawn, and you can watch it live online. The Hawthorne …

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Spaceflight Now

A Falcon 9 rocket and 60 more Starlink internet satellites set for launch early Sunday at Cape Canaveral will mark the first time SpaceX has flown a first stage 10 times, reaching a milestone that the company once said could be a limit for reusing boosters.

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Space.com

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter is now exploring a new airfield on the Red Planet. Ingenuity made its fifth Martian flight today (May 7), lifting off from the floor of Jezero Crater at 3:26 p.m. EDT (1926 GMT). The 4-lb. (1.8 kilograms) chopper climbed to an …

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Spaceflight Now

For the second time in a year, a large spent Chinese rocket stage intentionally left in orbit is heading for an unguided plunge back into Earth’s atmosphere Saturday or Sunday somewhere between 41.5 degrees north and south latitude.

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Scientific American

Finally, its reconnaissance complete, the drone flies back to a landing zone on the surface to transmit invaluable data back to Earth. After soaking up the Martian sunlight to recharge its batteries, it continues its explorations of terrain inaccessible to any other …

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CNN

The Long March 5B rocket, which is around 100 feet tall and weighs 22 tons, is expected to enter Earth’s atmosphere “around May 8,” according to a statement from Defense Department spokesperson Mike Howard, who said the US Space Command is tracking …

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CNET

But on Wednesday, Mars appeared in the news for all the wrong reasons. According to websites like the Daily Mail, scientists were making a pretty wild claim: Fungi were alive and well on the red planet.

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The New York Times

This time, NASA’s Mars robotic helicopter Ingenuity did not come back. That was intended. On Friday, Ingenuity, which last month became the first machine to fly like an airplane or a helicopter on another world, took off for the fifth time. It made a successful …

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SpaceCoastDaily.com

After departing the International Space Station on May 1, the SpaceX “Resilience” Crew Dragon spacecraft safely reentered the atmosphere in the pre-dawn hours of May 2, and slowly descended back to Earth with the astronauts of our SpaceX Crew-1 mission.

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