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December 2, 2021

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Space.com

Newfound rocky exoplanet has a year less than 8 hours long

A newfound alien world could shed some light on one of the darkest and strangest corners of the exoplanet family tree. The planet, known as GJ 367b, circles a small, dim red dwarf star just 31 light-years from the sun, its discoverers announced in a …

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Space.com

Arianespace will launch two European navigation satellites on a Soyuz rocket tonight. Watch it live.

Arianespace plans to send two new European Galileo navigation satellites to space tonight (Dec. 2) and you will be able to watch it live online. An Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch two navigation satellites into orbit at 7:27 p.m. EST (9:27 p.m. …

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Space.com

SpaceX to launch its next Starlink fleet and 2 BlackSky satellites tonight. Watch it live!

The frequent flier is scheduled to blast off at 6:12 p.m. EST (2312 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Tucked inside the payload fairing will also be two small Earth observation satellites for BlackSky.

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Space.com

NASA picks Intuitive Machines for more private moon deliveries

NASA once again selected a Houston-based company to launch a shipment of lunar science equipment, this time in 2024. Intuitive Machines will send four investigations to the moon in 2024 as part of the agency’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) …

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Space.com

NASA astronauts on spacewalk replace faulty antenna outside space station

Expedition 66 crewmates Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron completed the 6-hour, 32-minute extravehicular activity (EVA) on Thursday, Dec. 2, having installed a spare S-band Antenna Subassembly (SASA) on the station’s backbone truss in place of a degraded unit …

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Space.com

The bright Comet Leonard will pass a brilliant star cluster tonight and you can watch it live here

A live webcast will track a newly found comet as it passes by a dense collection of stars visible in Earth’s sky. The bright Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard), also known as Comet Leonard, will fly by the globular cluster Messier 3 in Canes Venatici on tonight …

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CNN

NASA astronauts conduct spacewalk postponed due to debris risk

(CNN) A spacewalk is back on the schedule for two astronauts Thursday after NASA initially postponed it due concerns about the potential risk of debris. NASA postponed a spacewalk originally scheduled for Tuesday after receiving a space debris warning …

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CNN

A year on this exoplanet only lasts about 8 hours

(CNN) If you think there aren’t enough hours in the day on Earth, this newly discovered planet will make your head spin. On an exoplanet called GJ 367 b that’s orbiting a star 31 light-years away from our sun, a year only lasts for about eight hours.

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The New York Times

Prints Long Thought to Be Bear Tracks May Have Been Made by Human Ancestor

New research published in the journal Nature suggests that the prints, discovered in Tanzania in 1976, were left by an unidentified hominin, or early human ancestor, more than 3.6 million years ago.

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Spaceflight Now

Soyuz launch to add two more satellites to Europe’s Galileo navigation network

Designed for 12-year missions, the new spacecraft will join 26 Galileo satellites already in orbit providing navigation services around the world for the European Union’s mulbillion-euro flagship space program. Ten launches of Soyuz and …

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