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December 27, 2021



James Webb Space Telescope successfully deploys antenna

The space telescope unfolded what scientists call a gimbaled antenna assembly that carries the high-rate data dish responsible for beaming Webb’s observations of the early universe back to Earth. Webb launched into space Saturday atop an Ariane 5 rocket …

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The Washington Post

2021 was a huge year for space exploration. 2022 could be even bigger.

If all goes well, it would be followed by Artemis II, in May 2024, which would again send Orion to orbit the moon, but this time with astronauts on board. NASA hopes a crew would …

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EO Wilson, famed entomologist and pioneer in the field of sociobiology, dies at 92

Pioneering biologist, environmental activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward O. Wilson has died. He was 92. The influential and sometimes controversial Harvard professor first made his name studying ants — he was often known as “the ant man.

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Astronomy Magazine

Astronomer Amy Mainzer on Netflix’s Don’t Look Up

A new astronomical movie is here! A satirical sci-fi comedy, Don’t Look Up was written, co-produced, and directed by Adam McKay. The man behind Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and The Other Guys now treads upon the turf of science, and this film is a …

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See Comet Leonard and its rare ‘disconnecting’ tail as it races toward the sun

Comet C/2021 A1 Leonard photographed from Indiana on Nov. 28. Paul Macklin/Spaceweathergallery.com. Something weird is going on with a holiday visitor from deep space, and it can easily be seen now in evening skies. At the beginning of 2021, …

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I am the James Webb Space Telescope and I have so much to do

It was pretty cramped onboard the Ariane 5, so I had to fold myself up to fit inside. Now that I’m in space, I finally have some room to stretch out. As soon as I left the rocket, I unfurled my solar panels, which will give me the fuel I need to work.

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The Weather Channel

Scientists from NCPOR-Goa Discover New Link Between Antarctic Temperatures and South Asian Summer Monsoon

Identifying several occurrences of interchanging intense and weak monsoon circulation events during the 145 kyr period (roughly a millennia), Indian scientists have found that warm/cold conditions in Antarctica show a near one-to-one coupling with …

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Ars Technica

This may finally be the year we see some new chunky rockets take flight

At the time of the older article’s publication, July 2018, four heavy-lift rockets still had scheduled launch dates for 2020—the European Space Agency’s Ariane 6, NASA’s Space Launch System, Blue Origin’s New Glenn, and United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan …

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The Boston Globe

EO Wilson, evolutionary biologist who changed how we look at the world, dies at 92

E.O. Wilson, a Harvard biologist who pioneered the field of sociobiology, fiercely fought to protect species, and taught generations to look at the natural world and human behavior in novel and thought-provoking ways, died Sunday in Burlington, …

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NASA’s Webb Telescope Launches Christmas Day From French Guiana, Will Seek Light from First Galaxies

(NASA) – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launched at 7:20 a.m. EST Saturday on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, South America. A joint effort …

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