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November 23, 2021

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Space.com

A few almost-rans; Galileo at Jupiter; Deep Impact hits Comet Tempel 1; LCROSS hits the moon; Messenger hits Mercury; Cassini hits Saturn; Hayabusa2 hits asteroid Ryugu; Next up: DART at asteroid Didymos.

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Space.com

Researchers have created the first-ever map of the Martian underground by listening to the sound of wind reverberating through the layers of soil and rock near Mars’ equator. The team used instruments on board NASA’s InSight probe, which landed in the …

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Spaceflight Now

A small NASA spacecraft set to launch on a collision course with an asteroid has been encapsulated inside the payload fairing of its Falcon 9 rocket for blastoff from California this week, a mission that will mark SpaceX’s first launch with a solar system …

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Space.com

New images snapped by NASA’s Curiosity rover showcase the stunning, expansive landscape of Mars. The robotic explorer, which launched to the Red Planet almost exactly 10 years ago on Nov. 26, 2011, continues to roam the Martian terrain.

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Space.com

Ingenuity’s first four flights on Mars, way back in April, all began and ended from Wright Brothers Field. And as originally designed, the mission was not meant to do much more: Ingenuity launched as a technology demonstration mission meant to fly only …

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The Washington Post

But it was chosen as the target for the so-called DART mission (that stands for DOuble Asteroid Redirection Test) by members of an elite NASA team known as the Planetary Defense Coordination Office — whose task isn’t exploring space but defending Earth.

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Space.com

The agency’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission will travel millions of miles out into the solar stem to smash into an asteroid, altering its orbit around a larger space rock to practice in the event of a rogue Earth-bound asteroid.

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The New York Times

Every year the Hubble is deployed to make a visual “grand tour” of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. NASA calls this the Outer Planets Atmospheres Legacy program, and it lets planetary scientists and astronomers on Earth see what’s changed and what hasn …

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The Washington Post

Greenland has had a quite a year. For the first time in its history, rain fell at its summit. In August, it experienced one of the latest-occurring melt events in recent memory. This also became the third year with major melting events in the past …

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Phys.Org

In this image released by NASA, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, spacecraft onboard, is seen during sunrise, November 23, 2021. NASA is preparing to launch a mission to deliberately smash a spacecraft into …

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