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September 17, 2021

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SpaceX’s Inspiration4 astronauts share first snapshots from historic private space trip

The four private astronauts of SpaceX’s Inspiration4 crew have shared their first snapshots from their historic first-ever all-civilian space trip and they look thrilled. The images, released in the wee hours of Friday (Sept. 17) via the Inspiration4 …

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How to see SpaceX’s Inspiration4 spacecraft in the night sky

Four private astronauts are currently circling the globe in a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, and you can see the capsule from Earth — if you’re in the right place at the right time. The Crew Dragon launched into space on Wednesday (Sept.

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Chinese astronauts land after historic 3-month mission to new space station

The first crewed mission to China’s new space station is in the books. A spacecraft carrying Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo touched down safely in the Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia today (Sept. 17) at 1:34 a.m. EDT (0534 GMT; …

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SpaceX Inspiration4 mission crew talks to St. Jude patients from space (video)

In between playfully snacking on M&Ms, the all-civilian Inspiration4 crew took a break from their science-heavy mission to chat with kid patients from a Memphis children’s hospital. The three-day Earth-orbiting mission, which launched Wednesday (Sept.

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Ancient Mars was rocked by violent, climate-changing volcanic eruptions

Volcanic super eruptions regularly tore up the surface of Mars billions of years ago, altering the planet’s climate for decades and creating scars that are still visible today, a new study has found. A team of American geologists found evidence that …

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Inspiration4 crew chats with Elon Musk, works through first full day in space

The first all-civilian, privately-funded crew to reach orbit came through their initial hours in weightless environment of space “healthy, happy and resting comfortably,” SpaceX reported Thursday. Company founder Elon …

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China rolls out rocket for Tianzhou 3 cargo mission ahead of Monday launch (photos)

As one high-profile Chinese mission returns to Earth, another prepares to lift off. A Long March 7 rocket topped with the robotic Tianzhou 3 cargo spacecraft has rolled out to its pad at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan, Chinese space …

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First privately-funded trip to orbit going well, but details few and far between

Company founder Elon Musk tweeted: “Just spoke with (Inspiration4) crew. All is well.” But no immediate word on what they talked about or any details about the progress of the historic mission …

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First Martian rock samples from Perseverance edge closer to settling water question

Returned Martian rock cores will aid the search for habitable environments and could finally nail down the ages of Martian features. By Leto Sapunar | Updated Sep 17, 2021 1:04 PM.

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Scientists chip away at secrets of planet formation, origin of life in bevy of new research

A new set of 20 papers published in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series shares results from a research program called Molecules with ALMA at Planet-forming Scales (MAPS), which uses the powerful facility to study protoplanetary disks.

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