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January 28, 2022

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Space.com

European sun probe flew through the tail of Comet Leonard

As Comet Leonard bid farewell to Earth and flew past Venus, a sun-studying spacecraft flew through the comet’s long tail, giving humans a new perspective on the icy wanderer. Discovered last January and also known as Comet C/2021 A1, Comet Leonard was …

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Space.com

Giant ‘tree stump’ impact crater spotted on Mars

A Mars probe has snapped a peculiar image of the Red Planet’s surface that looks like a giant tree stump, rings and all. The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), a joint mission by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, …

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CNN

First female director appointed for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Geochemist and space scientist Laurie Leshin will serve as the director for JPL as well as the vice president of the California Institute of Technology, both located in Pasadena. Leshin’s appointment also marks the first female vice president of Caltech …

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Los Angeles Times

NASA veteran to become JPL’s first woman director

A Caltech alumna and NASA veteran will become the new director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. Laurie Leshin, the president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, will assume the role of director in May, …

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Scientific American

NASA’s ‘Nuclear Option’ May Be Crucial for Getting Humans to Mars

NASA is presently pursuing not one but two classes of atomic-powered rocketry: nuclear thermal propulsion and nuclear electric propulsion. Either of these approaches could pair with nuclear surface power—the third key fission technology under study by the …

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Space.com

Japanese company ispace delays its second private moon mission to 2024

The company’s first robotic lunar mission should launch in late 2022 ‘at the earliest’.

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Astronomy Magazine

The Sky This Week: Look for the zodiacal light

After watching the crescent Moon parade past the planets, enjoy dark overnight skies from January 28 to February 4. By Alison Klesman | Published: Friday, January 28, 2022. RELATED TOPICS: …

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Phys.Org

A lunar return, a Jupiter moon, the most powerful rocket ever built and the Webb Telescope

There’s a lot to look forward to in 2022. The moon will get more attention than it has had in decades, as will Jupiter. The largest rocket ever built will make its first flight. And of course, the James Webb Space Telescope will start sending back its …

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Space.com

Israel signs Artemis accords for moon exploration

The country is already testing a radiation vest on Artemis 1, the first uncrewed mission of the program. Uri Oron Israel Space Agency Artemis Accords. Israel Space Agency Director General Uri Oron signs the Artemis Accords during a ceremony in Tel Aviv …

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Phys.Org

NASA’s HERMES mission passes key milestone, moves toward launch

Gateway will be where Artemis astronauts live and work as they orbit the Moon, supporting scientific experiments and technology development applicable for both lunar and future deep space human exploration. “The Gateway Program is proud to …

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