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January 14, 2024


Ailing Peregrine moon lander on path to crash into Earth, Astrobotic says

The beleaguered private moon lander Peregrine, which suffered a fuel leak shortly after its launch last week, is now on a collision course with Earth, its builder said Saturday (Jan. 13). Peregrine launched toward the moon on Jan.

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See a thin crescent moon meet up with Saturn tonight

The nearly new moon is set for a close approach to the ringed gas giant. … The thin crescent moon will meet up with the solar system’s second-largest planet, Saturn for the first time in 2024 on Sunday (Jan. 14), during a close approach between the two …

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Saturday Citations: The Dark Energy Survey; the origins of colorblindness; the evolution of heads

The Dark Energy Survey took an entire decade to produce a value for the cosmological constant—and it’s smaller than you might think! There were other stories as well, including one about primeval black holes, and because I am inescapably drawn by the …

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SpaceX says propellant venting caused loss of second Starship

WASHINGTON — SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk says a propellant dump caused the destruction of the Starship upper stage on a November test flight, giving him confidence that the vehicle can reach orbit on its next launch. On that Nov.

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NASA wants you to help track gamma ray bursts

NASA telescopes regularly identify the far-off explosions, which release massive amounts of energy. Astronomers believe the bursts of gamma rays are probably produced by the collapse of massive stars or the merging of multiple neutron stars.

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SpaceX Rocket Launches Year’s Second Mission from Vandenberg SFB

Last year, Falcon flew 96 missions from both Vandenberg and the Florida launch sites. “With Falcon, we have achieved the most launches of a rocket in a single year ever,” Musk said, …

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Florida Today

SpaceX launch tonight: After Saturday scrub, everything to know about Starlink mission

SpaceX is now targeting 7:27 p.m. EST to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, navigational warnings show. The Falcon 9 will deploy a batch of 23 …

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East Idaho News

NASA finally unlocks asteroid sample trapped behind stuck fasteners

(CNN) — Two stubborn fasteners trapped invaluable material sampled from an asteroid — but after a monthslong process, it has finally been released, NASA announced Thursday. The space agency already harvested about 2.5 ounces (70 grams) of rocks and …

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Astrobiology News

Offworld Life Science: Sequencing DNA Samples On ISS For The BioMole Study

NASA astronaut and Expedition 70 Flight Engineer Jasmin Moghbeli sequences DNA samples for the BioMole study demonstrating hardware that can analyze microbes to protect crew health and spacecraft life support systems. iss070e062919 (Jan.

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The Indian Express

Watch this space: NASA’s slow Artemis, Hubble’s fast radio burst, and Peregrine’s quick failure

This week, NASA’s Hubble team announced how the ageing telescope was able to spot the weird origin of a mysterious “fast radio burst,” while Pittsburgh-based space tech firm Astrobiotic’s private moon lander faced a malfunction shortly after launch.

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