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December 6, 2021

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Space.com

Military interest in the moon is ramping up

“Cislunar space has recently become prominent in the space community and warrants attention,” a recent Air Force Research Laboratory document states. The near side of the moon, as seen by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.

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Space.com

NASA says SpaceX is only provider so far able to provide astronaut taxi rides

The company received three more mission orders for Crew Dragon as Boeing Starliner works to get off the ground. The Crew Dragon capsule Endeavour with four astronauts aboard is departing the International Space Station against a backdrop of Pacific …

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Space.com

Astra to launch mission for NASA from Florida next month

The Space Coast is welcoming another rocket to its shores. Astra will launch a NASA mission from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in January, the California rocket builder announced on Monday (Dec. 6). The flight, Astra’s first from Florida …

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Space.com

Astronauts see only total solar eclipse of 2021 from space station (photos)

Astronauts at the International Space Station got a glimpse of the only total solar eclipse of 2021, which was otherwise only visible to a few lucky observers in Antarctica. The eclipse, which began on Saturday (Dec. 4) at 2 a.m. EST (0700 GMT), …

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Space.com

Watch the entire total solar eclipse of 2021 in just 1 minute! (time-lapse video)

Penguins, a few research scientists and a couple of tourist flights were likely the only people who watched the total eclipse, given the isolated nature of Antarctica. The video comes from the JM Pasachoff Antarctic Expedition, …

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Spark Chronicles

SpaceX resumes work on Starship launch pad at Kennedy Space Center

“Construction of Starship orbital launch pad at the Cape has begun,” Musk tweeted Friday. The Starship launch site will be located just southeast of the launch mount location for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy …

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NPR

NASA names 2021 astronaut candidates as it plans for moon missions

“Today we reach further into the stars as we push forward to the Moon once again and on to Mars,” said Vanessa Wyche, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, which is home to both the astronaut corps and the Mission Control Center.

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CBS Denver

CSU Study: Men Spread COVID Particles More Than Other Populations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – A study focused on tracking the spread of COVID-19 in performing arts settings has also unveiled the population of humans who spread the most COVID-19 particles. Researchers at Colorado State University learned that men …

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USA TODAY

Fact check: Human-generated CO2, not water vapor, drives climate change

“SCIENTIFIC FACT: Man-made CO2 constitutes only 0.1 to 0.2% of atmospheric greenhouse gases. It is an insignificant contributor to global temperature and climate,” the post concludes. This claim, which …

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Phys.Org

Two new satellites mark further enlargement of Galileo

Europe’s largest satellite constellation has grown even bigger, following the launch of two more Galileo navigation satellites by Soyuz launcher from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on 5 December. Galileo satellites 27–28 add to an existing …

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