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January 1, 2022

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Space.com

James Webb Space Telescope unfurls massive sunshield in major deployment milestone

The $10 billion observatory unfurled its huge sunshield on Friday (Dec. 31), carefully unfolding the five-layer structure by sequentially deploying two booms. “Shine bright like a diamond.

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Space.com

Astronauts ring in New Year aboard space station to welcome 2022

The astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station are marking the New Year, becoming only the 37th crew in history to be in space as Earth begins another revolution around the Sun. Expedition 66 …

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Spaceflight Now

Test launch of Russia’s heavy-lift Angara rocket marred by upper stage failure

The Angara A5 rocket launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, located in Russia’s Arkhangelsk region about 500 miles (800 kilometers) north of Moscow, at 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT) on Dec. 27, according to Russia’s Ministry of Defense.

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The New York Times

Meteor Showers That Will Peak in Night Skies in 2022

Each shower peaks on a certain date when Earth is plowing into the densest portion of the debris field, though in some cases many meteors can still be seen before or after that specific night. Showers are …

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Space.com

James Webb Space Telescope team taking a rest day before sunshield tensioning begins

“Work on the deployment of Webb’s sunshield mid-booms went late into the night yesterday,” agency officials wrote in the update. “Webb mission management decided this morning to pause deployment activities for today and allow the team to rest and prepare …

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Space.com

Top 10 spaceflight stories of 2021

2021 was a banner year for NASA and the rest of the spaceflight community around the world. From landing on Mars to launching private citizens into space, and everything in between, this year has seen many historic milestones and next-giant leaps.

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Livescience.com

We may finally be able to test one of Stephen Hawking’s most far-out ideas

In the latest research, Natarajan, Nico Cappelluti at the University of Miami and Günther Hasinger at the European Space Agency took a deep dive into the theory of primordial black holes, exploring how they might explain the dark matter and possibly …

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Spaceflight Now

Webb telescope begins unfurling tennis court-sized sunshield

The space agency said mission controllers at the Space Telescope Science Institute took extra steps to confirm that a sunshield cover had fully rolled up before proceeding with the first mid-boom deployment. “Switches that should …

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The Seattle Times

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

After years of development, and billions of dollars spent, NASA is finally gearing up to launch its Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew capsule, which are designed to return astronauts to the moon for the first time since Apollo.

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nj.com

The 12 full moons in 2022 will include 2 supermoons, 2 lunar eclipses

If you’re looking for some sky treats in 2022, mark your calendar for the 12 full moons that will be shining during the new year. Two of this year’s full moons will be big and bright “supermoons,” and two moons will be turning full during alignments …

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