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July 22, 2021

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Spaceflight Now

Russian science lab heads for International Space Station

EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated July 22 with Pirs undocking delay. A Proton rocket takes off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Wednesday with Russia’s Nauka science lab. Credit: Roscosmos.

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Space.com

Astronomers spot 1st moon-forming disk around an alien world

The PDS 70 system captured by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The system features a star at the center and at least two planets orbiting it. PDS 70c is visible in this image surrounded by a circumplanetary disk (the dot to the right of …

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Space.com

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft just met its rocket for NASA test launch July 30

The CST-100 Starliner spacecraft was stacked atop its United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on July 17 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, marking a key milestone ahead of the mission’s launch next week.

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Spaceflight Now

Mars rover gearing up for first sample collection work

Five months after landing on Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover is gearing up to collect its first core sample next month, mission managers said Wednesday, drilling out a lipstick-size bit of rock from the floor of an ancient lakebed where the remnants of past …

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Space.com

Russia delays detaching old space station docking port while testing new research module in orbit

The departure of Russia’s Pirs module from the International Space Station has been delayed until Saturday (July 24) as engineers continue to conduct in-flight tests on its replacement. The 20-year-old Pirs was scheduled to leave the orbiting lab tomorrow …

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Space.com

Meet SuperBIT, the next-generation space telescope that rides above the clouds on a balloon

The Superpressure Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope (SuperBIT) was announced on Tuesday (July 20) by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS). Its creators include researchers from Durham University in the United Kingdom, Princeton …

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EarthSky

Saturn at opposition August 1-2, near Jupiter

Earth’s faster motion in orbit brings Saturn to opposition once each year. Opposition is a big yearly milestone for observing the ringed planet Saturn, or any outer planet. It happens when we on Earth fly between that planet and the sun.

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The New York Times

NASA Releases First Detailed Map of the Insides of Mars

NASA’s InSight mission revealed Mars’s inner workings down to its core, highlighting great differences of the red planet from our blue world.

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The New York Times

Trash Parrots Invent New Skill in Australian Suburbs

Sydney’s clever and adaptable sulfur-crested cockatoos learn how to pry open garbage bins by watching one another.

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The Verge

DeepMind creates ‘transformative’ map of human proteins drawn by artificial intelligence

AI research lab DeepMind has created the most comprehensive map of human proteins to date using artificial intelligence. The company, a subsidiary of Google-parent Alphabet, is releasing the data for free, with some scientists comparing the potential …

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