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December 29, 2021

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Space.com

The 10 biggest space science stories of 2021

Researchers have turned the Earth into a giant telescope to view powerful jets from a black hole. Solar system surveys have revealed new moons and massive comets previously lurking undetected by scientists. The sun has also been a main attraction for …

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Spaceflight Now

High-stakes sunshield deployment begins on Webb telescope

Mission controllers started the risky process Tuesday to unfurl the James Webb Space Telescope’s sunshield, a five-layer thermal barrier necessary to give the observatory infrared vision into the distant universe. Two large pallets containing the …

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Space.com

James Webb Space Telescope has enough fuel for way more than 10 years of science

Despite an ambitious science agenda, the mission was designed with just a five-year minimum lifetime — but with the observatory finally in space, NASA is confident that it will have enough fuel to see much more use than that.

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Space.com

NASA assigns 2 astronauts to SpaceX Crew-6 mission, launching in 2023

The first two seats of the sixth full-fledged NASA crew mission launched by SpaceX have been filled. NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg will both fly aboard the Crew-6 mission, which is due to blast off to the International Space Station in …

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USA TODAY

How to watch every meteor shower in 2022

Most meteor showers have their origins with comets, according to the American Meteor Society. Each time a comet swings by the sun, it produces small particles that eventually spread out along the entire orbit of the comet to form a meteoroid “stream.” …

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Space.com

Here’s how to follow the progress of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope’s “29 days on the edge,” as NASA has dubbed the lengthy and complex deployment process, began when the spacecraft launched on Saturday (Dec. 25). Since then, the observatory has reached key milestones like unfurling its solar …

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Livescience.com

10 times volcanoes blew our minds in 2021

Mount Etna is the most active volcano in Europe, so it’s not surprising that it erupted again in 2021. But when it blew its top in February, photographers caught some stunning images of lava spewing from the summit.

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Forbes

NASA Returns To The Moon And ‘JUICE’ To Jupiter: 11 Incredible Space Missions In 2022 You Need To Know About

What does NASA have planned for 2021 other than the commissioning of the Webb telescope? What about SpaceX and Blue Origin? With the landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars, the launch of the Lucy and DART missions, and the Juno probe’s continuing …

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SFGate

The glaring problem with Netflix’s ‘Don’t Look Up,’ according to an astronomer

Netflix’s new Adam McKay comedy, “Don’t Look Up,” is intended to be a parable for the ills of modern society. The film follows two astronomers who have discovered that a giant comet will hit Earth, destroying it upon impact, and follows the slapdash, …

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CNN

Fossil discovery of 5 mammoths along with Neanderthal tools reveals life in ice age

This is one of the mammoth tusks recovered from a dig site in Swindon, UK. Researchers conserved the tusk, estimated to be more than 200,000 years old, to prevent deterioration.

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