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January 3, 2022

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Space.com

NASA has begun a multi-day process to tighten the tension on Webb’s huge sunshield.

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Spaceflight Now

Mission controllers started the delicate work of tightening the five razor-thin layers of the James Webb Space Telescope’s sunshade Monday. Managers said the nearly $10 billion observatory is “hunky-dory” after pausing deployments over …

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Space.com

China’s Tianwen 1 spacecraft at Mars pulled a big New Year’s surprise with stunning new images captured by a small camera that flew free of the orbiter to snap epic selfies above the Red Planet. The new images published by the China National Space …

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Space.com

The brightest comet in the night sky right now makes its closest approach to the sun Monday (Jan. 3) and — even if it survives the journey — that will be the only time the comet sees our star close up. That icy wanderer is Comet Leonard, …

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EarthSky

View larger. | This is an enhanced color image (to bring out details) of the ancient river delta in Jezero Crater, from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The Perseverance rover landed in the region toward the bottom right of the image.

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Engineers activating the James Webb Space Telescope decided Sunday to hold off tightening up the observatory’s critical sunshade to allow more time to check out the performance of its power systems and overall behavior now that several major deployments …

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USA TODAY

At first, scientists thought they were just part of the “geological process” of the beach and were skeptical they could be footprints, but further evaluation suggested they were actually dinosaur tracks from the late Triassic period, just when dinosaurs …

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WIRED

Swiss forensic geneticists analyzed DNA recovered from postage stamps dating back to World War I and solved a century-old paternity puzzle.

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CNET

The Quadrantid meteor shower gave ISS astronauts quite a show in 2020. NASA/Christina Koch. The best meteor shower of 2022 for stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere could hit within just a few days of New Year’s tonight and tomorrow morning.

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CNET

The Quadrantid meteor shower gave ISS astronauts quite a show. NASA/Christina Koch. The best meteor shower of 2022 for stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere could hit within just a few days of New Year’s tonight and tomorrow morning.

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