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August 17, 2021

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Space.com

Mars helicopter Ingenuity soars through challenging 12th flight on Red Planet

The flight was designed to serve as reconnaissance for the rover’s continuing explorations of a region dubbed South Séítah, according to a flight plan NASA posted before the attempt that called the sortie “ambitious.”.

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BBC News

Astronomers see galaxies in ultra-high definition

Many of the images could yield insights into the role of black holes in star and planet formation. The researchers say that the pictures will transform our understanding of how galaxies evolve.

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CNET

Why Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is going to war with NASA and SpaceX

It’s a new chapter in the battle of billionaires in space, and the stakes are higher. CNET. One battle between billionaires may be over, but the war continues. Forget about Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson and those brief joyrides to the edge of space that we …

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Space.com

Arianespace Vega rocket launches Earth observation satellite and 4 cubesats into orbit

“We delivered safely into orbit the second satellite of the innovative Pléiades Neo 4 constellation on behalf of Airbus, alongside 4 auxiliary cubesats for ESA [the European Space Agency] and the French start-up Unseenlabs.”.

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CNN

This meteor shower’s ‘fizzing’ asteroid acts like a comet

(CNN) Phaethon, the source of the Geminid meteor shower, has intrigued scientists for years because it’s an asteroid that behaves like a comet. New research may reveal the reason why this oddball gets so bright as it approaches the sun.

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The New York Times

Laser Fusion Experiment Unleashes an Energetic Burst of Optimism

Scientists have come tantalizingly close to reproducing the power of the sun — albeit only in a speck of hydrogen for a fraction of a second. Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory reported on Tuesday that by using 192 gigantic lasers to …

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Space.com

Space collision: Chinese satellite got whacked by hunk of Russian rocket in March

It was unclear at the time whether the spacecraft had suffered some sort of failure — an explosion in its propulsion system, perhaps — or if it had collided with something in orbit. We …

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Phys.Org

Cracking a mystery of massive black holes and quasars with supercomputer simulations

At the center of galaxies, like our own Milky Way, lie massive black holes surrounded by spinning gas. Some shine brightly, with a continuous supply of fuel, while others go dormant for millions of years, only to reawaken with a serendipitous influx of gas.

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Scientific American

Astronomer Vera Rubin Taught Me about Dark Matter—and about How to Live Life

Even then, in her late 70s, Rubin continued her trips to places such as Kitt Peak National Observatory to scour the outermost edges of far-flung galaxies in order to clock how quickly the galaxies’ stars whipped around their cores.

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CNET

NASA Mars helicopter nails 12th flight, scouts ahead for Perseverance rover

The chopper flew over a region called “South Seitah,” an area that’s home to boulders and rocky outcrops of interest to the Perseverance rover team. NASA’s JPL called the region a “geological wonder.”.

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