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February 5, 2022

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Spaceflight Now

The mission, called Artemis 1, will send the Orion spacecraft to the moon, where it will enter a distant orbit in a multi-week, unpiloted “shakedown cruise” to demonstrate the SLS rocket and Orion are ready to carry astronauts.

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Space.com

Astra, which was founded in 2016, aims to snag a large portion of the small-satellite launch market with its line of mass-produced, cost-efficient and ever-evolving rockets. The company has conducted four orbital launches to date, all of them test missions …

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Space.com

Helicopters making dusk flights on Mars might glow in the dark. A new study suggests that Mars drones, such as the Ingenuity helicopter making periodic sorties on the Red Planet, “may cause tiny electric currents to flow in the Martian atmosphere,” …

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CNN

The Poás volcano crater and Laguna Caliente are shown from the crater’s edge. A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Wonder Theory newsletter. To get it in your …

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Space.com

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stunning new view of a stellar nursery illuminated by the bright blue light of young stars. This vast stellar nursery, known as the Chamaeleon Cloud Complex, stretches 65 light-years wide, occupying most of …

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Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of Astra’s Rocket 3.3 from pad 46 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The mission will launch four CubeSats developed by universities and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Text updates will appear …

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Livescience.com

In the 2022 movie “Moonfall” (Lionsgate, released on Feb. 4), a mysterious force ejects the moon from orbit and propels it on a collision course toward Earth, with a planet-smashing impact looming in just a few weeks. (Caution, spoilers ahead.) …

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Orlando Sentinel

When NASA and SpaceX landed the last two Dragon capsules including last fall’s Crew Dragon with humans on board, not all four of the parachutes deployed as planned, with the fourth parachute inflating as much as 75 seconds later than the other three.

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Orlando Sentinel

The Astra Space Rocket 3.3 sits on the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station ahead of the company’s first attempt to launch from the Space Coast. (John Kraus, for Astra Space, Inc.) …

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Livescience.com

The deep-ocean floor is teeming with undiscovered life-forms that help to regulate Earth’s climate, a new study finds. Researchers sequenced DNA from deep-sea sediments around the world and found that there is at least three times more life on the …

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