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December 28, 2021

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Space.com

SpaceX in 2021: Elon Musk’s space company set records for reusability and more

But even on the business side, there is so much activity playing out it’s hard to keep track of it all. Hidden behind some of the company’s more high-profile achievements this year (think Starship landing, Starlink and human spaceflight launches) is the …

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Space.com

Spacewalking Chinese astronauts add camera to Tiangong space station module

China’s Shenzhou 13 astronauts ventured outside the orbiting Tianhe module on Sunday and installed a new panoramic camera for monitoring the space station. Rookie astronaut Ye Guangfu opened the hatch of the Tianhe airlock on Dec.

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The New York Times

You Don’t Need a Spaceship to Grow ‘Weird Little’ Martian Radishes

But that’s not how all astronomy works. Planetary and exoplanetary scientists, for instance, don’t just wait for data to come to them: They also construct miniature versions of other places using convenient geological landscapes, gravel crushers and …

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Space.com

NASA clears Axiom crew for 1st private mission to International Space Station

“We’ve made great progress on our 1st private astronaut mission with @Axiom_Space to @Space_Station! Axiom Mission 1 astronauts Michael López-Alegría, Larry Connor, Mark Pathy and Eytan Stibbe cleared medical evals …

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The Verge

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is about to transform into its final form

It’s a type of reverse space origami that’s never been performed before, but it’s absolutely necessary for the James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, to fulfill its mission. The telescope was simply too massive to launch on any operational rocket while fully …

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Astronomy Magazine

Unveiling the clouds of Venus

The first noteworthy study of Venus’ cloud features was made by the Rev. Francesco Bianchini, whose service to his church included the role of papal chamberlain to Pope Alexander VIII. Bianchini was a man of wide interest, a perceptive astronomer engaged …

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Smithsonian

Seven New Things We Learned About Human Evolution in 2021

New Paranthropus robustus fossils from South Africa show microevolution within a single species. The human fossil record, like any fossil record, is full of gaps and incomplete specimens that make our understanding of complex evolutionary …

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Space.com

James Webb Space Telescope begins unfolding delicate, massive sunshield

On Tuesday (Dec. 28), the spacecraft notched another key step in that deployment as it unfolded the Forward Unitized Pallet Structure (UPS) of its vast sunshield, according to a NASA statement. The process took four hours and concluded at 1:21 p.m. EST ( …

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Phys.Org

Researchers capture high-frequency oscillations in the gigantic eruption of a neutron star

An international scientific group with outstanding Valencian participation has managed to measure for the first time oscillations in the brightness of a magnetar during its most violent moments. In just a 10th of a second, the magnetar released energy …

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CNN

Tempo Move review: A low-priced compact home gym that tracks your every move

A compact storage solution for 50 pounds of convertible dumbbells and weight plates, that cabinet is also topped with a removable iPhone dock. And that’s the ingenious part. The $395 Tempo Move brings the hardware, while your iPhone does the heavy lifting …

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