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February 4, 2022

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Space.com

Axiom Space’s 1st space station crew approved by NASA, ISS partners

Axiom Space’s first astronaut crew just got the green light from NASA and the other International Space Station (ISS) partners for a trip to the orbiting lab. Axiom’s first crewed mission to the ISS, known as Ax-1, is scheduled to launch on March 30 …

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Space.com

SpaceX and NASA eye Dragon parachute issue ahead of next astronaut launch

The parachute system on SpaceX’s Dragon capsule hasn’t behaved exactly as expected recently, and NASA and SpaceX want to know why. The Dragon named Endeavour returned to Earth with four astronauts on Nov. 8, 2021, wrapping up SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission to …

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Space.com

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stage to crash into moon 1 month from today

The rocket carried DSCOVR toward the Earth-sun Lagrange Point 1 (L1), a gravitationally stable spot about 930,000 miles (1.5 million kilometers) from Earth. After getting there, the upper stage ended up pointing away from our home planet.

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Space.com

The chances of early life on Mars faced a meteorite problem

Frequent meteor collisions occurred on the Red Planet for 30 million more years than thought, a new study suggests. Craters on Mars (between Acidalia Planitia and Tempe Terra) show evidence of past meteorite. (Image credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)).

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Space.com

The alignment of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has begun

In the past day or so, for the first time, photons from distant stars traveled through the entire telescope and were detected by Webb’s Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) instrument, NASA officials said. This was a huge moment in itself, and it lays the …

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Slate Magazine

Fact-Checking Moonfall

Houseman (John Bradley). Over the course of the movie’s runtime, this motley crew manages to uncover secrets NASA has been hiding for years about the moon; take the Space Shuttle Endeavour out of a museum; and put together a rescue mission to figure out …

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Space.com

NASA prepares for moon’s dark south pole in eerie lights-out ‘spacewalk’ (photo)

NASA is preparing for the day its astronauts explore the south pole of the moon by heading underwater with the lights out. NASA has long used a vast swimming pool dubbed the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory to prepare for spacewalks, since the underwater …

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Spaceflight Now

SpaceX launches third Falcon 9 rocket mission in three days

Another 49 Starlink internet satellites lifted off Thursday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida atop a Falcon 9 rocket, notching SpaceX’s third launch and landing this week, and the company’s sixth mission in 28 days. A …

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SciTechDaily

Purple rocks on Mars intrigue scientists

This is an example of one of the Mars rocks with a purple-colored coating on it. This photo, from May 2021, showcases a rock that scientists named Nataani. You can see tiny holes in the coating where the rover analyzed it with its laser.

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CNN

New satellite will track dangerous weather, wildfires and solar storms

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will launch GOES-T, the third in its series of advanced geostationary weather satellites, on March 1 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Once the satellite is in orbit, it …

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