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November 20, 2021

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Space.com

Astra reaches orbit for 1st time on test flight for US military

Astra’s Launch Vehicle 0007 (LV0007) lifts off on a test flight from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Alaska on Nov. 20, 2021. (Image credit: Footage provided by NASASpaceflight LLC and Astra Space Inc.).

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Space.com

Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo ship departs space station to conduct experiment in orbit

The Northrop Grumman NG-16 resupply vessel was released from the grip of the station’s robotic arm at 11:01 a.m. EST (1601 GMT) by a command from NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston as both spacecraft sailed high over the South Pacific Ocean.

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Space.com

Watch the entire Beaver Moon lunar eclipse in 1 minute time-lapse

An incredible timelapse video from Los Angeles captures the Beaver Moon during its dramatic partial eclipse Friday (Nov. 19). Taken from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, the video shows the moon gradually growing darker and then at its peak …

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Space.com

NASA’s DART mission has a sequel. How Europe’s HERA will explore an asteroid impact aftermath.

The European Hera mission will follow NASA’s DART asteroid-deflecting spacecraft to the binary space rock Didymos and detail the aftermath of DART’s collision with the smaller of the two asteroids, Dimorphos. It will even attempt to peek inside the …

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Spaceflight Now

Cygnus cargo freighter ends mission at International Space Station

A Northrop Grumman Cygnus supply ship departed the International Space Station Saturday after a three-month stay, heading off on the final phase of its mission to deploy a U.S. military tech demo payload and re-enter the atmosphere to dispose of 7,500 …

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The Washington Post

Lunar eclipse, ‘beaver’ moon shines red over North America

Early risers and night owls across the United States enjoyed a near total lunar eclipse Friday morning, during which 97 percent of the moon’s visible surface was immersed in an eerie rusty-brown hue. The eclipse peaked in magnitude at 4:02 a.m. Eastern …

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Voice of America

Baby’s Superpowered Scent Can Manipulate Parents’ Moods, Researchers Find

A chemical that babies give off from their heads calms men but makes women more aggressive, according to new research in the journal Science Advances. It could be a chemical defense system we inherited from our animal ancestors, the authors speculate, …

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Fox News

NASA to crash spacecraft into asteroid to test planetary defense: What to know

“The Didymos system is the ideal candidate for DART because it poses no actual impact threat to Earth, and scientists can measure the change in Dimorphos’ orbit with ground-based telescopes,” NASA said in a media advisory.

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The New York Times

Did You Miss the Lunar Eclipse? Here’s What It Looked Like.

This eclipse was unusual because of its length; from start to finish, it lasted more than six hours. Other recent lunar eclipses have transpired more quickly because the moon was closer to Earth in its orbit.

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KSBY San Luis Obispo News

Local teachers become certified to bring real space samples into the classroom

On Saturday, 11 local high school teachers got to examine samples of materials collected from the moon, Mars, and asteroids at a NASA-led workshop. The workshop, hosted at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, gave these teachers the opportunity to …

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