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August 11, 2021

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Space.com

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — A Northrop Grumman-built Cygnus cargo ship blasted off from Virginia Tuesday night (Aug. 10), carrying vital supplies for astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS). Perched atop a two-stage Antares rocket, the uncrewed …

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Space.com

As a result, scientists behind new research now say they’re confident that the asteroid’s total impact probability through 2300 is just 1 in 1,750. Estimates produced before OSIRIS-REx arrived at the space rock tallied …

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Space.com

A European-Japanese BepiColombo probe headed to Mercury zoomed past Venus on Tuesday (Aug 10), beaming back selfies and other measurements that might reveal new facts about the cloudy planet’s atmosphere. The …

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Space.com

While NASA has yet to launch an Artemis mission to the moon, the agency is already doing engine testing for far-future missions. NASA finished its sixth RS-25 engine hot-fire test on Thursday (Aug. 5), demonstrating advanced capabilities of an engine type …

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Spaceflight Now

Boeing engineers at Cape Canaveral continue troubleshooting stuck valves in the propulsion system of the company’s Starliner crew capsule in hopes of resolving the problem — and understanding what caused it — in time to take off on an unpiloted test flight …

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NPR

A potentially dangerous asteroid called Bennu has a 1 in 1,750 chance of hitting Earth between now and the year 2300. That’s according to the most precise calculations of an asteroid’s trajectory ever made, and the odds are slightly worse than NASA …

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CNN

All of this was a good sign. The team tried to get some rest before the next data set came down six hours later, according to Louise Jandura, chief engineer for sampling and caching at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

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Space.com

The stunning Perseid meteor shower will peak tonight (Aug. 11) in what could well be the most brilliant “shooting star” display of the year. The Perseids are often one of the strongest meteor showers, and this year, the display will be particularly easy to observe …

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Astronomy Magazine

A Perseid meteor zips through the Milky Way in this stunning shot. The annual Perseid meteor shower peaks this year on August 12. Larry Kuhn. The Perseid meteors are one of the year’s best shows for skywatchers. This year, the shower peaks on Thursday, …

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Phys.Org

Specifically, the team studied the complex mixture of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that Piper fruits produce when they are at prime ripeness, and how these VOCs may have evolved to attract scent-oriented short-tailed fruit bats (the Carollia genus) who …

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