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February 21, 2022

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Northrop Grumman delivers cargo and new reboost capability to space station

The automated Cygnus cargo ship pulled within 40 feet, or 12 meters, of the space station early Monday, close enough for the station’s robotic arm to reach out and capture the supply freighter at 4:44 a.m. EST (0944 GMT). NASA astronaut Raja Chari operated …

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Space.com

Cygnus cargo ship arrives at space station

Northrop Grumman’s 17th Cygnus resupply mission arrived at the International Space Station on Monday, delivering 8,300 pounds (3,765 kilograms) of scientific experiments, food and other supplies. NASA astronaut Raja Chari captured the vehicle at 4:44 …

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Avoiding satellite collisions: NOAA unveils prototype warning system

A new collision-warning system could help satellite operators sleep a little easier. The prototype system, developed by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is designed to alert operators when their spacecraft may be on a …

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Metal clouds and liquid gems spotted in the atmosphere of hot Jupiter WASP-121 b

Imagine a world where the clouds are made of metal and liquid rubies and sapphires rain down from the sky. A new study shows that, on the hot Jupiter exoplanet WASP-121 b, this could be the reality. In 2015, scientists discovered WASP-121 b, …

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James Webb Space Telescope will do a galaxy deep dive into the dust

The infrared images taken from deep space will allow Webb’s data to add galactic information about star formation, strong winds blowing off these stars to disturb gas and dust, and mature stars potentially hiding in spiral galaxies.

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James Webb Space Telescope will study Milky Way’s flaring supermassive black hole

“Webb will assist with its own infrared images of the black hole region, providing data about when flares are present that will be a valuable reference to the EHT team.” Live updates: …

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NASA successfully retests moon rocket core stage engines after fault

All core stage rocket engines on NASA’s moon rocket performed as expected in a recent series of tests that followed a replacement of a faulty control mechanism in one of those engines, the agency said. A faulty controller on the RS-25 engine number 4 …

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A large asteroid zips past Earth today, here’s how to watch it live

The Virtual Telescope Project will provide a livestream Monday (Feb. 21) of an asteroid zooming safely past Earth, weather permitting. You can catch live views of asteroid 1999 VF22 starting at 7 p.m. EST Monday (0000 GMT on Tuesday, Feb.

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CBS Denver

Astronomers Say Friday’s ‘Fireball’ Was Extra Slow And Path Was Unusually Long

Dozens of people have reported their sightings to the American Meteor Society showing how far-reaching this sighting was. Now we’re learning more about the phenomena from Colorado astronomers, like Director of the Fiske Planetarium John Keller, and …

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CNN

Solar eruption captured in an unprecedented image

The Solar Orbiter spacecraft, operated by NASA and the European Space Agency, captured a giant solar eruption on February 15. This is the largest solar prominence eruption ever observed in a single image together with the full solar disc.

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