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November 24, 2021

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Space.com

NASA launches DART asteroid mission to destroy a spacecraft to (potentially) save planet Earth

“Liftoff of the Falcon 9 and DART on NASA’s first planetary defense test to intentionally crash into an asteroid,” NASA spokesperson Marie Lewis said during a live broadcast of the launch.

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Space.com

Hubble telescope’s annual ‘grand tour’ tracks changes in outer solar system

The tradition allows astronomers to monitor how the atmospheres of these worlds — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune — change over time. But the photos are, of course, also stunning. NASA released images from this year’s “grand tour” on Nov. 18.

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The New York Times

NASA Is Crashing a Spacecraft Into an Asteroid. Watch the Launch Now.

An early morning liftoff kicks off DART, NASA’s first mission to test a spacecraft that could one day save Earth from a deadly space rock.

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CNN

NASA launches mission to crash into a near-Earth asteroid to try to change its motion in space

The DART mission, or the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, lifted off at 10:21 p.m. PT (1:21 a.m. ET) on November 23 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Live coverage of the event aired on NASA TV and the …

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Space.com

Hubble telescope sees a space ‘snowman’ thousands of light-years away

A new release from the Hubble telescope’s vast archive shares an incredible space “snowman” filled with glowing gas. The image shows the Snowman Nebula, which is a cloud of gas and dust in deep space. The Hubble Space Telescope’s sharp eyes picked up …

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Space.com

China boosts Earth-observation abilities with 2 Gaofen satellite launches

China continued its record-breaking year of launches by sending two satellites into orbit in recent days. The two new satellites launched on separate rockets and from different space centers, but they share a name, Gaofen (“high resolution”).

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Space.com

DART timeline: What’s next for NASA’s asteroid-smacking mission after launch

NASA’s first planetary defense mission is underway, though we’ll have to wait a little while for its promised in-space fireworks. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) probe launched from …

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Spaceflight Now

Falcon 9 launch timeline with DART

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set for liftoff from Vandenberg Space Force Base, heading southeast over the Pacific Ocean with NASA’s DART asteroid deflection experiment. The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) …

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Space.com

NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars just snagged its newest rock sample (photos)

Perseverance landed in February on the floor of Mars’ Jezero Crater, which hosted a big lake and a river delta billions of years ago. The rover is hunting for signs of ancient Mars life and collecting dozens of samples, which a joint NASA-European Space …

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Space.com

Russia launches new Prichal module to International Space Station

A new Russian module is on its way to the International Space Station. A Russian-built Soyuz rocket carrying a modified Progress cargo spacecraft and the new Prichal docking module lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday (Nov.

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