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July 7, 2021

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Space.com

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center: A hub for historic and modern-day rocket power

JUMP TO: The original von Braun team; Saturn rockets for Apollo; From rockets to research; Space shuttle and ISS equipment; Artemis at Marshall; Now at Marshall.

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Space.com

China picks up the launch pace with three space missions in four days

Various Chinese sources indicate the country finished three successful orbital launches in four days, with the latest of the group launching from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China on Tuesday (July 6).

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Space.com

Methane in plume of Saturn’s moon Enceladus could be sign of alien life, study suggests

The methane wafting from Enceladus may be a sign that life teems in the Saturn moon’s subsurface sea, a new study reports. In 2005, NASA’s Cassini Saturn orbiter discovered geysers blasting particles of water ice into space from “tiger stripe” fractures near …

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Space.com

The Hubble Space Telescope is facing its most serious glitch in a decade and NASA really wants to fix it

“Other than the fact that this particular anomaly means the observatory can’t work until we solve it, I don’t think solving it is different in kind than other anomalies that NASA deals with,” Paul Hertz, NASA’s director of astrophysics, told Space.com in an interview.

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Space.com

Virgin Orbit gearing up for autumn launch and a busy 2022

Virgin Orbit is still analyzing the data from “Tubular Bells: Part 1.” But the early returns suggest that the flight was completely nominal, keeping the company on track for one more flight this year, likely in the fall, Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart told Space.com.

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Phys.Org

New clues to why there’s so little antimatter in the universe

The team has developed a new technique to produce and study short-lived radioactive molecules with neutron numbers they can precisely control. They hand-picked several isotopes of the same molecule, each with one more neutron than the next.

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Space.com

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope passes key review ahead of fall launch

While Webb is primarily a NASA mission, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) are important partners. The CSA is providing the telescope’s guidance sensor and one of its scientific instruments. ESA is contributing some …

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BBC News

Iceland’s spectacular volcano tracked from space

We’re getting very close now to the “always on”, persistent vision of Planet Earth. A great many satellites in orbit look down at the ground in the same way as our eyes do – through optical light. But it’s with radar that the capability to image the surface anywhere …

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Phys.Org

Methane in the plumes of Saturn’s moon Enceladus: Possible signs of life?

“We wanted to know: Could Earthlike microbes that ‘eat’ the dihydrogen and produce methane explain the surprisingly large amount of methane detected by Cassini?” said Regis Ferriere, an associate professor in the University …

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CNN

Mars Ingenuity helicopter completes its toughest flight yet

(CNN) Ingenuity, the helicopter that accompanied the Perseverance rover on its Mars mission, has undertaken its ninth and “most nerve-wracking” flight since it first took off on the red planet. Although we don’t have the full details about what it accomplished, …

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