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July 9, 2021

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Space.com

The last voyage of NASA’s space shuttle: Looking back at Atlantis’ final mission 10 years later

STS-135 mission specialist Rex Walheim had volunteered to be on “any of the last three flights,” he recalled in NASA’s 10th anniversary event, which was livestreamed on NASA TV. So imagine his disappointment …

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As space billionaires take flight, ‘the right stuff’ for space travel enters a new era

Just over a week later, on July 20, in a move timed to coincide with the 52nd anniversary of Americans first landing on the moon, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will climb into a New Shepard capsule as a passenger on the first crewed flight conducted by his …

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Former NASA astronaut’s return to space on private Axiom flight will be ‘a dream come true’ (exclusive)

After retiring from NASA in 2012, he went on to explore the commercial spaceflight sector, more recently becoming the vice president of business development for the Houston-based spaceflight company Axiom Space.

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Mars helicopter Ingenuity spotted a ‘heart’ in Perseverance rover’s tracks on 9th flight (video)

The car-sized Perseverance rover landed, with Ingenuity attached to its belly, this past February on the floor of Mars’ Jezero Crater, which harbored a big lake and a river delta in the ancient past.

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Venus and the moon pass a fading Mars in the evening sky this weekend

If there were ever a “maverick” among the naked eye planets, that title would certainly go to Mars. Just nine months ago, Mars came to within 38.8 million miles (62.43 million kilometers) of Earth, the closest it had been to us since August 2003, and it will not be …

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Mystery of Jupiter’s powerful X-ray auroras finally solved

These dancing lights are produced when energetic particles from the sun or other celestial bodies slam into a planet’s magnetosphere — the area controlled by a world’s magnetic field — and flow down its magnetic field lines to collide with molecules in its …

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Spaceflight Now

Dragon cargo ship departs space station and heads for Earth

A SpaceX cargo capsule undocked from the International Space Station Thursday and headed for splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico after a two-day delay to wait for Tropical Storm Elsa to clear the area. Flying in …

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Earth-observing satellite startup Planet is going public

This photo, captured by one of Planet’s Dove Earth-imaging cubesats on March 25, 2021, shows the container ship Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal (top left) and the queue of ships waiting to enter the canal from the Red Sea. (Image credit: Planet Labs, Inc.).

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CNN

Mystery of Jupiter’s northern lights solved after 40 years, scientists say

(CNN) The aurora borealis, or northern lights, are Earth’s greatest light show, dazzling those lucky enough to see them in the northernmost reaches of our planet. It’s a phenomenon shared by other planets in our solar system, including the largest, Jupiter, …

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Will Richard Branson actually reach space on Virgin Galactic’s 1st fully crewed launch?

This is not just a philosophical debate. It has real-world financial implications, because one space tourism company is selling seats on missions that may not reach the final frontier, depending on where you think the boundary lies.

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