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December 24, 2021

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Space.com

James Webb Space Telescope: The scientific mysteries no other observatory could unravel

When scientists planned and designed the Hubble Space Telescope, the most groundbreaking astronomical observatory of its era, there were many things about the universe they didn’t know. One of these unknowns was that stars and galaxies existed already …

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Space.com

10 Christmas space facts that you probably didn’t know

10. A former NASA contractor claimed that three ‘Santa Claus’ UFOs had been discovered in the 1970s … In the mid-2010s, a woman called Donna Hare went on film to claim that she had worked for NASA at some point in the 70s, and she had a strange tale to …

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Space.com

30 years and $10 billion later, the James Webb Space Telescope is finally on the launch pad

Of course, the goal has been more to convulse science than NASA itself. Specifically, JWST has a truly massive mirror compared to other space telescopes, and the observatory will specialize in studying infrared light, which will give scientists an …

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Space.com

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope won’t hit Santa during Christmas launch

NASA is launching a huge observatory into space early Christmas morning (Dec. 25), but you don’t need to worry about it hitting Santa Claus. While St. Nick is wrapping up his annual world tour, presumably somewhere in Alaska, Hawaii or the other …

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Spaceflight Now

Webb will take next leap in search for habitable worlds

Beginning next year, the James Webb Space Telescope will scan a sampling of the nearly 5,000 alien worlds discovered around other stars to help astronomers identify which of the rocky planets might have atmospheres that could sustain life.

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The Weather Channel

Scientists Get Hints to Understand Intense Short-Duration Flares From Rare Magnetar

When massive stars like supergiant star with a total mass of between 10 and 25 solar masses collapse, they might form neutron stars. Among neutron stars stands out a small group with the most intense magnetic field known: magnetars.

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The Weather Channel

2021 Re-Run: Top Space Discoveries and Missions from a Venturesome Year

The year 2021 saw humanity outdo itself by being braver and venturing further than we ever have. From digging deeper into our neighbouring worlds and unraveling the mysteries of far-away cosmic entities, to ‘touching’ stars and making space-travel more …

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CNN

How astronauts celebrate Christmas in space

The international crew includes Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov; NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Dr. Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron and Mark Vande Hei; and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer.

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Popular Mechanics

When Will James Webb Space Telescope Launch?

The telescope, which has been plagued by multiple delays and a bevy of cost overruns, is scheduled to launch from the Kourou spaceport off the coast of French Guiana atop an Ariane 5 rocket. If the weather holds, lift off is scheduled for Saturday, …

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CNN

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope rolls out for Christmas launch

(CNN) The James Webb Space Telescope is finally on the launchpad. The space observatory, safely tucked inside an Ariane 5 rocket, is expected to launch on December 25. The rocket and …

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