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January 8, 2022

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Space.com

James Webb Space Telescope, the biggest ever built, fully unfolds giant mirror to gaze at the cosmos

The $10 billion NASA observatory unfolded the second “wing” of its massive primary mirror today (Jan. 8), bringing the light-collecting structure up to its full size and marking the end of the mission’s long, risky and ultra-complex deployment phase.

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The New York Times

The James Webb Space Telescope Finishes Unfolding: How to Watch

Unfolding the mirrors is a crucial milestone along the way to using the telescope for scientific studies of the Big Bang, exoplanets, black holes and our solar system. Once it is complete, NASA considers the telescope “fully deployed.” …

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Space.com

Look up to spot the tricky planet Mercury at its ‘greatest elongation’ from the sun tonight

The flighty planet Mercury, typically a tricky observing challenge from planet Earth, will be at its greatest distance from the sun in our sky Friday (Jan. 7). While Mercury will be shining quite brightly at magnitude -0.6, the planet will be a mere 13 …

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CNN

Google pays tribute to late scientist Stephen Hawking on his 80th birthday

“From colliding black holes to the Big Bang, his theories on the origins and mechanics of the universe revolutionized modern physics while his best-selling books made the field widely accessible to millions of readers worldwide.

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Space.com

Kazakhstan unrest not affecting Baikonur Cosmodrome spaceport, Russia says

The current chaos in Kazakhstan isn’t seriously impacting the famous spaceport in the nation, Russian officials say. Spiking fuel prices spurred a wave of protests recently across Kazakhstan, an autocratic Central Asian …

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Space.com

Google Doodle celebrates the life of cosmologist Stephen Hawking for his 80th birthday

The pioneering work of physicist Stephen Hawking is honored in a Google Doodle today (Jan. 8), including a video with Hawking’s quotes concerning everything from cosmology to disability. On what would have been Hawking’s 80th birthday, the cosmologist …

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USA TODAY

When the trees where these ants live were damaged, they made some DIY home repairs

Now, some ants in Panama have exhibited never-before-seen extraordinary behavior: They repaired holes in the trees they inhabit. Researchers already knew the Azteca ants had a symbiotic relationship with the Cecropia ( …

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CNET

NASA Perseverance Mars rover has crud obstructing its rock sample system

Everything went smoothly at first. On Dec. 29, Perseverance drilled into a rock nicknamed Issole and extracted a sample of it. “However, during the transfer of the bit that contains the sample into the …

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al.com

America and Alabama stay in the space station business

On New Year’s Eve, the Biden-Harris Administration announced America will continue to support the International Space Station through 2030. That was good news for NASA and its international partners on the station, and it was good for NASA’s Marshall …

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Forbes

Earth Is Tiny Because The Sun Had Saturn-Like Rings Before It Had Planets Say Scientists

Simulating the Solar System’s formation hundreds of times, the model that had the Sun surrounded by rings of gas and dust—exactly like those that astronomers see around many distant, young stars—is pretty trustworthy, say the scientists.

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