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October 21, 2021

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Spaceflight Now

Technicians at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center worked overnight Wednesday to tighten 360 bolts connecting the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis 1 moon mission to the first Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket, hours after a crane hoisted the deep space capsule …

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Space.com

On Monday (Oct. 18), NASA posted a few photos on Twitter of the $10 billion Webb in its cleanroom at Europe’s Spaceport, in the French Guiana town of Kourou. The observatory dwarfs the bunny suit-clad technicians getting Webb ready for launch, which is …

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Space.com

It’s tough to be the biggest planet in the solar system, and this fall Jupiter is taking a beating. On Friday (Oct. 15), Skywatchers in Japan observed a flash in the atmosphere of the planet’s northern hemisphere likely caused by an asteroid slamming …

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Space.com

NASA just took a big step toward its next moonshot. NASA stacked its Orion crew capsule atop its Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday (Oct. 20), notching a major milestone for the agency and its Artemis …

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CNN

The Orion Nebula is 1,500 light-years from Earth and is located in<strong&gt. Photos: 31 years of Hubble telescope images.

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Space.com

Kosmos-2551 created a funerary fire in the sky. … A failed Russian spy satellite crashed back to Earth early this morning (Oct. 20), burning up in a brilliant fireball spotted by many observers in the American Midwest.

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Space.com

Uranus is not considered to be one of the five “naked-eye” planets, which are bright enough to see from Earth without any visual aid. But you actually can spot Uranus in the night sky without the help of a telescope or binoculars — if you have a clear, …

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The New York Times

A new analysis of fossilized footprints corrects what earlier scientists mistook for a very early carnivore in the dinosaur era.

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The New York Times

For more than 50 years, the giant fossilized footprints have been one of the most tantalizing finds in Australian paleontology. At the time of their discovery, scientists believed the three birdlike tracks had been made 200 million to 250 million years …

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The New York Times

Something streaked across the night skies over Ohio, Michigan and Indiana during predawn hours on Wednesday. The fireball burned in hues of green, gold and pink, leaving a bright trail in its wake. It spent about two minutes breaking apart into smaller …

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