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March 4, 2022

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Space.com

During the observatory’s commissioning and ongoing mirror alignment, Webb’s Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) team successfully finished initial check-out and characterization of three mechanisms that are key for the instrument to do its work.

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Space.com

These bodies, known as Kuiper Belt objects or trans-Neptunian objects, show remarkable diversity in terms of color, shape, size, groupings (clusters, pairs, etc.), and geological and atmospheric activity.

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The Verge

After years of zooming through deep space, a presumed leftover piece of a Chinese rocket slammed into the Moon today, just as space tracking experts expected it would. At least, it should have hit the Moon around 7:30AM ET this morning, as long as the …

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CNN

He was first to spot the trajectory of the rocket booster. The only way to know exactly where the rocket hits is through images. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will not be in a position to observe the impact as it happens, the agency said.

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Space.com

In a new video, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) revealed the U.S. military’s big plans for its future work in space. These plans, the video showed, include extending space awareness capabilities beyond geostationary orbit with the help of a …

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Livescience.com

The discarded rocket stage was projected to land at Hertzsprung crater on the moon’s far side at 7:25 a.m. EST (1225 GMT), with the energy from the collision punching out a crater which scientists believe could be up to 66 feet (20 meters) wide. The impact …

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CNET

A natural impact on the moon created this crater in 2013. It’s about to get another. NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University. A hunk of space junk came to an explosive end on Friday when it collided with the moon, and astronomers are …

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CNN

(CNN) Fossils have led researchers to a previously unknown species of armored dinosaur that lived 168 million years ago, and it’s unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. The ancient fossil belongs …

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The Weather Channel

Elon Musk’s space venture SpaceX has successfully launched 47 Starlink satellites. The Starlink 4-9 mission lifted off at 9.25 a.m. EST (6.25 a.m. PST) on March 3 from pad 39A at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. It was SpaceX’s ninth of a planned 52 …

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Phys.Org

The 2018 Woolsey Fire in California burned nearly 100,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. This image was taken on Nov. 9, 2018. Credit: Forest Service, USDA (courtesy of Peter Buschmann). Scientists analyzed coastal water quality in the …

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