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February 17, 2022

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Space.com

James Webb Space Telescope has locked onto guide star in crucial milestone

The fine-guidance instrument is key to keeping the space telescope pointed in the right direction.

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Spaceflight Now

Progress supply freighter docks with space station

Two days after launching from Kazakhstan, a Russian Progress cargo freighter docked with the International Space Station on autopilot Thursday with a fresh delivery of food, crew supplies, experiments, and CubeSats that will be released outside the complex …

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Space.com

Russian Progress freighter delivers 2.8 tons of supplies to International Space Station

A Russian cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station early Thursday morning (Feb. 17), delivering nearly 3 tons of supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab. The Progress 80 freighter docked with the station’s Poisk compartment at …

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EarthSky

History of Milky Way mergers revealed in Gaia data

Astrometry is the branch of astronomy that deals with precise measurements of star positions. Astronomers measure a star position, then measure it again. And again. And, over time, they get a sense of how stars are moving across our sky, and therefore …

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Scientific American

What We Learned from the Perseverance Rover’s First Year on Mars

One year ago NASA’s Perseverance rover plunged through the Martian atmosphere and safely landed in Jezero Crater, a 45-kilometer-wide gouge that scientists suspect once hosted a deep, long-lived lake. The rover’s ultimate target is near Jezero’s …

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Scientific American

NASA Eyes Electric Car Tech for Future Moon Rovers

Of the many “firsts” from NASA’s Apollo program of lunar exploration, one often overlooked is that the Apollo missions included the first—and so far only—times that humans have driven on another world. Presaging today’s eco-conscious market for …

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Livescience.com

Unusually cold ‘Blue Blob’ is slowing the rapid melting of Iceland’s glaciers, but not for long

The Blue Blob is an undefined area of the North Atlantic Ocean located south of Iceland and Greenland. At its peak coldness, in 2015, the Blue Blob was 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit (1.4 degrees Celsius) colder than the surrounding waters.

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Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Blood miRNA Changes in Soccer Players Could Represent Biomarkers of Brain Injury

The international research team, headed by scientists at the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, identified microRNAs (miRNAs) that were specific to accidental head impact and repetitive headers in soccer, and which …

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The Hill

Air Force paying to prevent ‘lunar traffic jams’

An Air Force research initiative is spending $7.5 million to head off the problem of “lunar traffic jams” — a potentially deadly hazard for the new generation of manned moon missions set to launch throughout the 2020s. The collaboration between the Air …

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The Weather Channel

Fossil Remains of Monster Crocodilian Species From 95 Million Years Ago Reveal Its Last Meal: A Baby Dinosaur!

If you think Australian wildlife is crazy now, wait until to hear about the 95-million-year-old crocodile relative that fed on dinosaurs! A while ago, the fossils of a crocodilian species were first found near the Winton Formation in eastern Australia, …

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