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December 21, 2021

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Space.com

Infrared radiation is essentially heat, and can be detected with special sensors that are different from those detecting visible light. Since the stars and galaxies that JWST was designed to study are so far away, the incoming signals are also extremely …

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Space.com

About eight minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9’s first stage returned to Earth, landing on one of SpaceX’s drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean in a smooth touchdown. The massive ship, called Just Read …

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Spaceflight Now

SpaceX’s 31st and final Falcon 9 launch of the year is scheduled to take off early Tuesday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, weather permitting, with a Dragon cargo ship carrying more than 6,500 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station.

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Space.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos are finalizing an agreement to launch the first cosmonaut on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, agency officials confirmed on Monday (Dec. 20). Joel Montalbano, NASA’s International Space …

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Space.com

According to the Observer’s Handbook of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, there are 11 meteor showers that are considered to be the “principal” displays of the year. In order to make the list, a particular meteor shower must produce at least 10 …

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Space.com

NASA will hold a press conference today, Tuesday Dec. 21, to give an update on launch preparations for Webb and its Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket. That prelaunch briefing will begin at 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT) and should last at least an hour.

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CNN

(CNN) A crisp wind blew off the Gulf of Mexico as photojournalist and commercial photographer Mark Wallheiser set up his camera on a tripod near the edge of the water. He unfolded his camping chair, opened a cold beer and settled in for a long evening …

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USA TODAY

Experts say the land-based ice sheets at both of Earth’s poles have lost hundreds of billions of metric tons of ice over the past few decades. Arctic sea ice is in rapid decline, and Antarctic sea ice did not reach a peak in 2021.

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Phys.Org

Launched Tuesday to the space station, the COWVR and TEMPEST two instruments could lead the way to big improvements in gathering key information for weather forecasting. The Compact Ocean Wind Vector Radiometer (COWVR) is no bigger than a minifridge.

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CNN

Embryonic dinosaur bones are small and fragile and are only very rarely preserved as fossils making this a very rare find. Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter.

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