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December 11, 2021

NEWS

Space.com

‘I want to go back!’ Michael Strahan can’t get enough of space after Blue Origin launch

The former NFL football player and “Good Morning America” co-anchor launched into space on Blue Origin’s suborbital New Shepard rocket Saturday morning (Dec. 11) and apparently enjoyed every second, judging from the smile on his face after landing.

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Space.com

Blue Origin launches necklace honoring ‘Star Trek’ actor Leonard Nimoy into space on New Shepard

The sterling silver necklace, bearing the LLAP symbol, went aloft on a Blue Origin flight with the personal items of Laura Shepard Churchley. The famous “Star Trek” LLAP symbol flew to space with the Blue Origin NS. (Image credit: Blue Origin).

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Spaceflight Now

Webb telescope fueled for flight, ready for lifting atop launcher

A crane at the Guiana Space Center in South America will hoist the nearly $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope more than 15 stories above the floor of a rocket assembly hangar this weekend to position the observatory on top of its Ariane 5 launcher for …

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CNN

Colossal winged reptile is the largest known flying animal ever to live on the planet

(CNN) Astronauts need to be in unparalleled physical and mental shape to handle the rigors of space — writer Tom Wolfe famously described it as the “right stuff” in his 1979 book of the same name. NASA’s latest class of would-be space sailors is no …

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Spaceflight Now

Atlas 5 rocket launches Space Force tech demo satellites on marathon mission

The successful mission, which the Space Force said was valued at $1.14 billion, delivered a medley of experiments in laser communications, weather monitoring, and space situational awareness, plus a government payload to detect nuclear detonations to …

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Space.com

SpaceX’s all-civilian Inspiration4 astronaut crew flew a meteorite back to space (briefly)

Astronaut Sian Proctor says it’s the first time humans deliberately let a space rock revisit its home. Sian Proctor Inspiration4 meteorite. Inspiration4 astronaut Sian Proctor along with a Canyon Diablo meteorite. (Image credit: SpaceX) (Image credit: …

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Space.com

Astronaut Alan Shepard’s daughter says she’s excited to follow him to space

Laura Shepard Churchley, now 74, is set to fly into space for the first time on Blue Origin’s NS-19 flight this Saturday (Dec. 11). She will launch to the skies and back on a suborbital flight, sitting in the company’s New Shepard spacecraft that’s named …

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Mashable

8 extraordinary space moments that made headlines in 2021

After a Mars-bound spacecraft reached its destination 300 million miles from Earth earlier this year, NASA succeeded in its first flight of a robotic aircraft on another planet. Ingenuity, a small 4-pound …

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USA TODAY

Scientists discover planet 10 times size of Jupiter orbiting superhot massive stars

The planet is 10 times as massive as Jupiter and “one of the most massive planets ever found,” according to the observatory. Also the planet orbits b Centauri, a two-star system that …

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nj.com

Geminids meteor shower 2021 to produce shooting stars in December

The annual Geminids shower often generates 50 to 100 meteors per hour and even as many as 120 to 150 per hour in dark locations during its peak period, according to astronomy experts.

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