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October 23, 2021

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Spaceflight Now

Under watchful eye of NASA, teams prep for final Ariane 5 flight before Webb

Arianespace is counting down to the blastoff of an Ariane 5 rocket Saturday night from French Guiana, the final flight of Europe’s workhorse launcher before NASA and the European Space Agency entrust it to launch the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope.

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Space.com

How to spot the ‘elusive’ planet Mercury in the night sky this month

Two planets are closer to the sun than Earth is — Venus and Mercury — and are known as the “inferior” planets. Venus orbits the sun once every seven and a half months and gains a whole lap on the slower-moving Earth every 584 days.

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Newsweek

Musk says Starship may be ready for orbital launch next month, but FAA review continues

Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of SpaceX, said Friday the company’s huge new Starship rocket could be ready for its first orbital test launch from South Texas as soon as November, but the schedule comes with two big uncertainties that may push the …

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Scientific American

Senate Debates Uncertain Future of US Spaceflight

The risk of collisions in space, the fate of the United States in orbit after the space station retires and continuing debates over NASA’s path back to the moon dominated a two-hour hearing on Thursday (Oct. 21) held by a Senate committee focused on …

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Space.com

Hear sounds from Mars captured by NASA’s Perseverance rover

NASA’s Perseverance rover has recorded up to five hours of sounds on the Mars, giving engineers a sense of how the Red Planet sounds different from Earth. NASA now has a Perseverance rover website filling up with Martian audio, ranging from wind gusts …

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NPR

Listen to the otherworldly sound of Martian wind

If you hear one new thing today, how about making it the sound of wind on Mars? Two microphones aboard the Perseverance Rover have “recorded nearly five hours of Martian wind gusts, rover wheels crunching over gravel and motors whirring as the …

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CNN

NASA’s Artemis I mission to the moon has been delayed

During the flight, the uncrewed Orion spacecraft will launch atop the SLS rocket to reach the moon and travel thousands of miles beyond it — father than any spacecraft intended to carry humans has ever traveled. This mission …

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Newsweek

Images of Galactic Clusters Reveal Early Galaxies Underwent Periods of Violent Star Formation

Images taken using the Hubble Space Telescope have given astronomers clues about the formation and growth of the first galaxies, suggesting that early star formation happened in violent bursts. A team of astronomers used data collected by Hubble and …

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Spaceflight Now

Images: Atlas 5 blasts off with NASA’s Lucy asteroid mission

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket streaked into space from Cape Canaveral before dawn Oct. 16 with NASA’s Lucy asteroid mission, a robotic probe to explore a group of enigmatic asteroids leading and trailing Jupiter in its orbit around the sun.

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Mashable

NASA’s Mars rover is back in action after two weeks of silence

It wasn’t a surprise when the Perseverance rover on Mars lost contact with Earth for two weeks, but what was no doubt a long wait for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory is finally over. The loss of contact was the result of a solar conjunction, …

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