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May 16, 2021

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Space.com

The veteran Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center here in Florida at 6:56 p.m. EDT (2056 GMT), marking the company’s 15th launch of the year. It also marked the eighth flight for this particular Falcon 9.

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Spaceflight Now

A sophisticated combat-ready U.S. military missile warning satellite moved to its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Saturday on top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, ready for liftoff Monday afternoon.

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Spaceflight Now

The kerosene-fueled launcher ignited its nine Merlin main engines and hold-down clamps released the rocket to climb away from pad 39A at 6:56 p.m. EDT (2256 GMT) Saturday. The Merlin …

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Space.com

The recent fall to Earth of a massive Chinese rocket has renewed concerns about the perils of space junk and one project from the European Space Agency might be able to help. The European Space Agency (ESA) announced plans to launch a space debris …

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PBS NewsHour

BEIJING — China landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time on Saturday, a technically challenging feat more difficult than a moon landing, in the latest step forward for its ambitious goals in space. Plans call for a rover to stay in the lander for a few days of …

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USA TODAY

Named after the Chinese god of fire, Zhurong was aboard the Tianwen-1 spacecraft that launched from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in China on July 23, 2020. It entered Mars’ orbit in February before finally landing around 7:18 p.m. ET on Friday.

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CNET

“China has joined an elite club of spacefaring nations with this historic landing,” said Alan Duffy, an astronomer at Swinburne University and lead scientist of the Royal Institution of Australia. The Tianwen …

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EarthSky

We think of earthly life as evolving from the sea. But newly discovered microscopic “ball” fossils – found in ancient lake sediments in Scotland – suggest that evolution from single-celled to multicellular organisms might have occurred in lakes. Sharing is caring!

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WTOP

WTOP has reported on the JWST through the years, providing details, updates and the biggest revelation in this briefing — that JWST is a “GO” to be shipped from Northrop Grumman in California to its launch site in French Guiana in late August.

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Scientific American

After seeing the Earth dramatically change from this unique perspective, I firmly believe that solving climate change is the moonshot of the 21st century. Many of the tools and resources that I used on my missions, such solar panels and rechargeable storage …

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