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July 29, 2021

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Stakes are high for Boeing Starliner’s 2nd space station try this week

The CST-100 Starliner capsule is scheduled to launch Friday (July 30) at 2:53 p.m. EDT (1853 GMT) on a crucial uncrewed demonstration mission to the International Space Station. You can watch it live here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA, or directly via the …

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Boeing Starliner OFT-2 launch to space station delayed following Russian module mishap

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft will have to wait to make its triumphant trip to space. Today (July 29), officials at NASA and Boeing announced that Boeing’s uncrewed Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2) mission for its Starliner astronaut taxi will be delayed from Friday …

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Spaceflight Now

High drama as Russian lab module tilts space station with errant thruster firings

A heavyweight Russian laboratory module that experienced a variety of problems after launch last week docked at the International Space Station Thursday, but in a moment of unexpected drama, inadvertent thruster firings briefly knocked the sprawling …

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Rocket Lab launches US military satellite on return-to-flight mission

The two-stage Electron rose off a pad at Rocket Lab’s New Zealand launch site, on the North Island’s Mahia Peninsula, at 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT; 6 p.m. local New Zealand time), carrying a demonstration satellite called Monolith for the U.S. Space Force.

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Move asteroids now before they become a threat, researchers argue

Paul M. Sutter is an astrophysicist at SUNY Stony Brook and the Flatiron Institute, host of “Ask a Spaceman” and “Space Radio,” and author of “How to Die in Space.” Sutter contributed this article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. There’s no …

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Discovery of slow waves on the sun could shed light on magnetic field mystery

For the first time, scientists have observed giant slow-moving waves of plasma on the surface of the sun that could help to explain the mystery behind the star’s magnetic field. Looking at ten years worth of data by NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO), …

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Mars’ buried polar ‘lakes’ may just be frozen clay

Bright reflections that radar detected beneath the south pole of Mars may not be underground lakes as previously thought but deposits of clay instead, a new study finds. For decades, scientists have suspected that water lurks below the polar ice caps of Mars, …

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The Washington Post

Google and Facebook to require vaccinations for in-office employees, paving the way for rivals to follow

Google on Wednesday became the first Big Tech company to announce that it will require employees who work in its offices to be fully vaccinated. Facebook later announced a similar policy requiring all in-person workers to get vaccinated before coming into a …

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Russia’s Nauka module briefly tilts space station with unplanned thruster fire

A little over three hours after docking was complete, cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov were in the Zvezda module to which Nauka docked, preparing to open the hatch between the two vehicles. Then, at 12 …

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