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December 22, 2021

NEWS

Space.com

The autonomous Dragon resupply ship docked itself at the orbital outpost at 3:41 a.m. EST (0841 GMT), ahead of its planned 4:30 a.m. docking time. It parked itself at the space-facing port on the station’s Harmony module, with NASA astronauts Raja Chari …

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Space.com

The perfectly punnily-named band, led by Lee Feinberg, a keyboardist who also happens to be the Optical Telescope Element manager for Webb at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, is made up of Webb scientists and other NASA team members.

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Space.com

A solar storm that erupted from the sun on Monday (Dec. 20) may boost northern lights displays around the north pole just ahead of Santa’s trip this weekend, the U.K. Met Office space weather forecasting center said today (Dec. 22).

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Space.com

During a news conference held on Tuesday (Dec. 21), project officials confirmed that the observatory is ready to launch. However, within hours, NASA and its partners on the project announced that the long-delayed launch would be postponed by yet one more …

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Space.com

Astronomers have discovered dozens of new “rogue” planets, roughly doubling the known number of these mysterious free-roaming worlds. A team of researchers found a collection of at least 70 exoplanets without parent stars — the largest single group of …

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Spaceflight Now

The liftoff of a SpaceX cargo ship on the way to the International Space Station early Tuesday was the 31st and final orbital launch from Florida’s Space Coast in 2021, setting a new record for the most space missions to depart from the spaceport in a …

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CNN

The image of Comet Leonard on the left was taken by the European Space Agency and NASA’s Solar Orbiter. The image on the right was taken by NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory-A spacecraft.

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NPR

The approximately $10 billion telescope, scheduled to launch as early as December 25, is designed to see light from the earliest galaxies to form after the Big Bang, and will let scientists study the atmospheres of planets that orbit distant stars, to …

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Los Angeles Times

Larkin Carey, an optical engineer, examines two test mirror segments on a prototype of the James Webb Space Telescope. The Webb will attempt to look back in time 13.7 billion years, a mere 100 million years after the Big Bang as the original stars were …

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NPR

The James Webb Space Telescope is set to launch later this week. When it does, it will be the most powerful space telescope ever. Armed with the telescope, scientists intend to peer back in time to the formation of the earliest galaxies in the universe …

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