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January 2, 2022

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Space.com

Why can’t we put a space station on the moon?

A space station on the moon could be very useful. It would provide future space missions with a stopping point between leaving the Earth and reaching further into the solar system or even the Milky Way.

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Space.com

The Quadrantid meteor shower of 2022 peaks today!

Of the ten biggest annual meteor showers, just two could produce over 100 per hour: the December Geminids and the January Quadrantids, due to peak this Monday (Jan. 3). Every year, Earth briefly encounters the Quadrantid meteor shower in early January.

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Space.com

NASA delays tightening James Webb Space Telescope sunshield to study power system

But most steps in that procedure are controlled from the ground: While NASA has a tentative schedule for the work, mission leaders can decide to adjust the timeline along the way. So after taking Saturday (Jan …

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The New York Times

NASA’s Retiring Top Scientist Says We Can Terraform Mars and Maybe Venus, Too

Since joining NASA in 1980, Jim Green has seen it all. He has helped the space agency understand Earth’s magnetic field, explore the outer solar system and search for life on Mars. As the new year arrived on Saturday, he bade farewell to the agency.

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Livescience.com

‘Cosmic monster’ star spits energy with the force of a billion suns

However, researchers recently managed to catch one of these flares and calculate oscillations in the brightness of a magnetar as it erupted. The scientists found that the distant magnetar released as much energy as our sun produces in …

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oregonlive.com

Stargazing calendar 2022: Lunar eclipses, meteor showers and other astronomical events

A short but powerful meteor shower, the Quadrantids typically peak at 25 meteors per hour for only about six hours. This year’s event will be aided by the new moon, which will leave skies dark enough to see the bright meteors.

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CleanTechnica

The Story of the Blue Marble

This picture above of the Earth by NASA Apollo Astronaut Harrison Schmitt en route to the Moon on Apollo 17 remains to this day one of the most famous and most viewed photographs of all time. From deep in space, our Earth appeared to the astronauts as …

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Livescience.com

Is Earth expanding or shrinking?

Because of Earth’s gaseous gifts to space, our planet — or, to be specific, the atmosphere — is shrinking, according to Guillaume Gronoff, a senior research scientist who studies atmospheric escape at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. However, we …

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CNN

Dinosaur footprints dating back 200 million years discovered on Wales beach, researchers believe

The impressions were identified and documented using 3D imaging techniques. London (CNN) Footprints discovered on a beach in Wales are believed to have been made …

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The New York Times

Big Rockets, Massive Asteroids and More Space Highlights for 2022

The Space Launch System, or S.L.S., is NASA’s interplanetary launch vehicle. It is years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget. Built by traditional aerospace contractors, each launch costs about $2 billion and each rocket can be used only …

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