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March 11, 2023

Spaceflight Now

SpaceX capsule with four-person crew departs space station, heads for Earth

NASA commander Nicole Mann, pilot Josh Cassada, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Russian kosmonaut Anna Kikina will ride back to Earth inside the SpaceX crew capsule. They launched Oct. 5 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center …

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Astronomy Magazine

The Sky This Week: Catch the zodiacal light

Tonight, Comet ZTF lies about 1° due west of Mu and 0.5° due south of NGC 1637. The galaxy is the fainter fuzzball, coming in at 11th magnitude and spanning about 3′ across its (slightly) longer axis. Meanwhile, ZTF may appear mostly round, but with a …

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Astronaut crew heads home after five-month stay on the International Space Station

The four crew members — NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, astronaut Koichi Wakata of JAXA, or Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and cosmonaut Anna Kikina of the Russian space agency Roscosmos — launched to the space station aboard a SpaceX …

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Unlocking secrets of the honeybee dance language—bees learn and culturally transmit their communication skills

A honeybee is performing the waggle dance in the center of this photo to communicate the location of a rich nectar source to its nestmates. Credit: Heather Broccard-Bell, CC BY-ND. The Greek historian Herodotus reported over 2,000 years ago on a …

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CBS News

Crew Dragon astronauts undock from space station and head for home

Two NASA astronauts, a Japanese space veteran and a Russian cosmonaut bid their seven space station crewmates farewell overnight Friday, strapped into their Crew Dragon capsule and undocked for a fiery Saturday night plunge to splashdown in the Gulf of …

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Cryo-EM structure of a catalytic amyloid fibril

Catalytic amyloid fibrils are novel types of bioinspired, functional materials that combine the chemical and mechanical robustness of amyloids with the ability to catalyze a certain chemical reaction. In this study we used cryo-electron microcopy to …

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SpaceX, NASA targeting March 14 for next cargo launch to space station

SpaceX will launch its next cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) next week, if all goes according to plan. Elon Musk’s company is targeting Tuesday (March 14) for the launch of CRS-27, which will send a robotic SpaceX Dragon freighter …

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What is space junk?

There’s a floating garbage dump orbiting Earth, and it’s getting fuller every year. Space debris — known colloquially as space junk — is the name that scientists give to the thousands of pieces of broken …

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Newly found asteroid has a ‘very small chance’ of hitting Earth, NASA says

The asteroid 2023 DW was just discovered in late February. But NASA says it’s tracking it closely to learn about its orbital path, because the asteroid “has a very small chance of impacting Earth” in 23 years. The asteroid’s diameter is listed at …

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Spaceflight Now

Live coverage: Four-person crew set to depart International Space Station

Live coverage of the undocking, re-entry, and splashdown of NASA’s Crew-5 mission at the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. Text updates will appear automatically below; there is no need to reload the page.

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