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November 19, 2021

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Space.com

NASA wants to smash a spacecraft into an asteroid, but don’t worry. Earth isn’t at risk.

The NASA DART asteroid mission launches Nov. 24 and will crash into the moonlet of asteroid Didymos in 2022. An artist’s depiction of the DART spacecraft approaching the Didymos system. (Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben).

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Space.com

Beaver Moon lunar eclipse 2021: Amazing photos of the longest partial moon eclipse in 580 years

The moon, with a partial lunar eclipse, is seen behind the Statue of Freedom, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC early on November 19, 2021. Photographer Andrew Caballero-Reynolds captured this image for AFP via Getty Images.

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Space.com

Watch Ingenuity Mars helicopter soar in amazing new videos from Perseverance rover

Ingenuity performed its 13th Martian flight on Sept. 4, cruising through the rugged “Séítah” region of the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater on a scouting mission for its robotic companion, NASA’s Perseverance rover.

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Space.com

Space station astronauts resume normal operations after Russian anti-satellite missile test

Astronauts at the International Space Station have returned to normal operations after a couple of adrenalin-filled days following a Russian anti-satellite missile test that threw an out-of-control cloud of space debris into the station’s orbit.

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CNN

If Planet B exists, what might it be like?

Natalie Batalha, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has watched the field of exoplanet science grow and change since those initial discoveries. Batalha served as the co-investigator and mission scientist on …

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Spaceflight Now

Station resumes normal operations, but risk from Russian ASAT test continues

NASA says the debris field, which U.S. Space Command says numbers more than 1,500 trackable objects, will continue to pose a risk to the space station. But the most danger was in the first 24 hours after the anti-satellite test early Monday.

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Space.com

Meet LICIACube, the small but mighty spacecraft that will watch NASA’s epic DART asteroid crash

A small satellite will watch its robotic colleague smash into an asteroid, tracking the remarkable encounter and sending the footage back to Earth. NASA and international agencies are coming together in the name of planetary …

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The Verge

Visualizations show the extensive cloud of debris Russia’s anti-satellite test created

Satellite trackers have been working overtime to figure out just how much dangerous debris Russia created when it destroyed one of its own satellites early Monday — and the picture they’ve painted looks bleak. Multiple visual simulations of Russia’s …

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The New York Times

Watch Tonight’s Partial Lunar Eclipse, the Longest in 580 Years

The full moon will dance into alignment with Earth and the sun. Earth’s shadow will gradually shroud the visible lunar surface, then retreat to reveal normal moonlight, in a process that takes six hours and two minutes, to be exact, according to NASA.

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CNET

In a space first, scientists test ion thrusters powered by iodine

The ThrustMe engine in operation on Earth, in a vacuum chamber. ThrustMe. For a few years now, ion propulsion technology’s sci-fi mechanics have raised the standard for flying spacecraft, replacing fiery rocket tails as the new in-thing.

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