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July 27, 2021

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Space.com

Astronaut watches Russian space station module fall from space in fiery demise (photos)

“Quite a strange feeling to see a part of your ship fly away in mid-air (so to speak — no atmosphere here duh),” European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet wrote in a statement shared with the photographs on Monday.

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Space.com

Flashing meteor that exploded over Norway landed somewhere in a nearby forest

The hunt for fragments of an “unusually large meteor” that lit up the skies over Norway on 25 July has begun. The meteor awakened awestruck residents of the country’s capital city, Oslo, with the sound of a large explosion. Footage shows the fireball from the …

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Space.com

Water vapor detected on huge Jupiter moon Ganymede for 1st time

In the wisp-thin sky of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, the largest satellite in the solar system, astronomers have for the first time detected evidence of water vapor, a new study finds. The discovery could shed light on similar watery atmospheres that may envelop …

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The New York Times

50 Years Ago, NASA Put a Car on the Moon

Dave Scott was not about to pass by an interesting rock without stopping. It was July 31, 1971, and he and Jim Irwin, his fellow Apollo 15 astronaut, were the first people to drive on the moon. After a 6-hour inaugural jaunt in the new lunar rover, the two were …

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Scientific American

Learning to Live in Steven Weinberg’s Pointless Universe

Steven Weinberg, who died last week at the age of 88, was not only a Nobel laureate physicist but also one of the most eloquent science writers of the last half century. His most famous (or perhaps infamous) statement can be found on the second-to-last page …

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Astronomy Magazine

Grand tour: Wild weather of the solar system

The Coriolis effect, polar jets, cyclones, and precipitation may spice up the recipe, all rely on the same basic ingredients we have here on Earth: atmosphere, heat flux, and planetary tilt and spin. And given the right mix, some venues may even manage to cook …

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Scientific American

Avi Loeb’s Galileo Project Will Search for Evidence of Alien Visitation

What exactly is Harvard theoretical astrophysicist Avi Loeb doing co-founding a $1.755 million academic effort to look for UFOs? Yesterday, Loeb revealed the Galileo Project, which aims to develop an artificial-intelligence-powered network of telescopes that …

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The Weather Channel

Indian Astronomers Part of Team to Spot Historic Gamma-Ray Burst Caused by Death of Massive Star

A group of astronomers, which includes some from India, has detected a very short yet powerful burst of high-energy radiation that lasted for about a second, and had been racing towards Earth for nearly half the present age of the universe. The burst detected …

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AZCentral.com

‘Are we the smartest kid on our cosmic block?’ Harvard astronomer launches Galileo Project to examine UFO reports

Loeb unveiled the project during a remote news conference. He said data in recent years suggests humans aren’t the lone, nor the first, cognitively advanced species strutting about the cosmos. “ …

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CBS News

NASA detects water vapor on Jupiter’s Ganymede — the largest moon in the solar system

Researchers made the discovery using both new and archival data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, which is back in action after a computer anomaly suddenly shut down the 32-year-old system for a month. They published their findings this week in the …

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