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July 26, 2021

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Spaceflight Now

Watch live: Russia’s Pirs module set to depart space station today

Russia’s Progress MS-16 cargo freighter undocked from the space station at 6:55 a.m. EDT (1055 GMT) Monday as the outpost soared 260 miles (418 kilometers) over northern China. Instead of …

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The New York Times

Steven Weinberg, Groundbreaking Nobelist in Physics, Dies at 88

Steven Weinberg, a theoretical physicist who discovered that two of the universe’s forces are really the same, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize, and who helped lay the foundation for the development of the Standard Model, a theory that classifies all …

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Space.com

‘Project Galileo’ will search for evidence of extraterrestrial life from the technology it leaves behind

The project aims to address the question “are we the smartest kids on our cosmic block?” Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb, a co-founder of the initiative, said in a news conference about the big announcement today (July 26).

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The Washington Post

Steven Weinberg, Nobel-winning physicist who united principal forces of nature, dies at 88

During a long career spent in the exploration of the most basic problems of physics and cosmology, he won lasting renown as a creator of an “electroweak” theory that unifies electromagnetism and the “weak” force that operates on the subatomic scale and is …

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USA TODAY

Harvard professor leading research on existence of UFOs and alien civilizations

The Galileo Project, led by Harvard astronomy professor Avi Loeb, will search for a record of alien civilizations capable of technology surpassing what we know on Earth. It will use telescope observations, missions that send cameras into space and more..

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Space.com

Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza just flew (safely) by Earth

On the other hand, 2008 GO20 is “potentially hazardous” because over time the gravitational tug of the planets could change the object’s orbital path so that it crosses Earth’s orbit. If that were to happen, a future collision with our planet is possible, NASA said.

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Scientific American

NASA Investigates Renaming James Webb Space Telescope after Anti-LGBT+ Claims

NASA is considering whether to rename its flagship astronomical observatory, given reports alleging that James Webb, after whom it is named, was involved in persecuting gay and lesbian people during his career in government. Keeping his name on the …

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Phys.Org

Astronomers uncover briefest supernova-powered gamma-ray burst

Astronomers have discovered the shortest-ever gamma-ray burst (GRB) caused by the implosion of a massive star. Using the international Gemini Observatory, a program of NSF’s NOIRLab, astronomers identified the cause of this 0.6-second flurry of gamma …

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The Weather Channel

What Lies Underneath the Red Planet? InSight Lander Provides Crucial Details About Inner Structure of Mars

Clouds drift over the dome-covered seismometer, known as SEIS, belonging to NASA’s InSight lander, on Mars. (NASA/JPL-Caltech).

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Slate Magazine

Scientists Are Using a Balloon to Launch a Telescope

(ASU is a partner with Slate and New America in Future Tense.) Sometimes, the simplest and cheapest solutions are best in a field where high-tech offerings can pose a significant chance of failure.

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