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November 15, 2021

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Space.com

If an asteroid really threatened the Earth, what would a planetary defense mission look like?

Today, there is no such asteroid, although scientists are tracking more than 27,000 rocks rattling around Earth’s neighborhood of space. But experts in the field they call planetary defense know that just such an object killed off …

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Space.com

Kessler Syndrome and the space debris problem

Consider this scenario: The destruction of a dead spy satellite spawns a swarm of debris in Earth orbit, which wreaks ever-increasing havoc as it zooms around our planet. The cloud destroys …

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Space.com

Astronaut Hall of Fame adds three space station-era astronauts still making history

“Our three inductees were selected in 2020, however, their induction ceremony has been postponed until now to allow us to safely honor their achievement with their friends and families,” said emcee John Zarella, a journalist and former CNN space …

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Space.com

The Beaver Moon lunar eclipse on Nov. 19 will be the longest of the century. Here are its stages explained.

Most North Americans will again need to get up early and look low in the west toward daybreak. And again, the farther west you are the better, as the moon will appear much higher from the western part of the continent as opposed to locations farther to the …

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Space.com

NASA will spend $93 billion on Artemis moon program by 2025, report estimates

“Looking ahead, without capturing, accurately reporting and reducing the cost of future SLS/Orion missions, the Agency will face significant challenges to sustaining its Artemis program in its current configuration,” adds the 73-page report, which was …

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Space.com

Space debris forces astronauts on space station to take shelter in return ships

Seven astronauts on the International Space Station were forced to take shelter in their transport spacecraft early Monday (Nov. 15) when the station passed uncomfortably closed to orbital debris, according to reports. The space junk passes began in …

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Space.com

Did Russia just launch an anti-satellite test that created a cloud of space junk?

There’s a debris field in Earth’s orbit currently causing astronauts on the International Space Station to seek refuge. Reports are suggesting that this debris could be from a Russian anti-satellite test. ” …

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CNN

The most powerful telescope ever built is about to change how we see the universe

(CNN) It’s a moment that has been decades in the making. The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s premier observatory of the next decade, is scheduled for December 18 from French Guiana.

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Phys.Org

Not saying it was aliens, but ‘Oumuamua probably wasn’t a nitrogen iceberg

On October 19, 2017, astronomers made the first-ever detection of an interstellar object (ISO) passing through our solar system. Designated 1I/2017 U1 ′Oumuamua, this object confounded astronomers who could not determine if it was an interstellar comet …

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CNET

NASA scientists hope singing trees could help us reach another planet

By collecting data on their environment, trees can help tell the bigger story about what’s going on on our planet. Patrick Holland/CNET. A spacecraft in low-Earth orbit singing a duet with trees down on Earth sounds like a scene out of a bizarre …

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