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May 22, 2022

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Space.com

When SpaceX launched a new Starlink fleet into orbit last week, the rocket wasn’t the only star. As SpaceX prepared its ground-based tracking cameras for the early-morning Falcon 9 rocket launch from Florida on May 18, its operators snagged a …

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Space.com

Meet the newest stars on the music scene. Well, not stars precisely. Messier 87 (M87), is an elliptical galaxy about 55 million light-years from Earth. At its center is a black hole with a mass that’s 6.5 billion times that of our companion sun.

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Space.com

There’s a mysterious X-ray source and other unknowns in this Hubble telescope photo of the Needle’s Eye galaxy. Hubble Space Telescope photo of part of the spiral galaxy Needle’s Eye (NGC 247 and. A zoomed-in view of a section of the Needle’s Eye, …

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Space.com

New for 2022, the tau Herculid meteor shower may make an appearance on the night of May 30-31. Sometimes, astronomy can be full of surprises. Take the case of a tiny comet, normally far too faint to be seen without the help of a telescope.

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EarthSky

Now, 50 years later, as we are beginning the Artemis era and returning astronauts to the moon, three of those lunar samples have successfully grown plants. Researchers grew the hardy and well-studied Arabidopsis thaliana in the nutrient-poor lunar regolith …

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Livescience.com

According to NASA, 7335 (1989 JA) is the largest asteroid that will make a close approach to Earth this year. Scientists estimate the asteroid is traveling at about 47,200 mph(76,000 km/h), or 20 times faster than a speeding bullet.

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CNET

NASA’s 45-year-old Voyager 1 spacecraft is a marvel. It’s cruising along outside our solar system and still staying in touch with Earth. But it’s presented its team with what NASA is calling a “mystery.” It’s operating normally but sending back some …

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Inverse

The company became the fourth entity, after the United States, Russia, and China, to launch a spacecraft into orbit and, on May 31 of that year, return it back to Earth. The achievement fundamentally altered the course of the next decade of space …

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Mashable

Some 64 million miles from the planet, NASA’s Lucy probe got a deep space view of the recent total lunar eclipse. From her vantage point, it didn’t look much like a “blood moon,” one of the many nicknames for the rare astronomical event.

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Forbes

Before complex life evolved on our planet, volcanoes on the Moon spewed water vapor across the lunar surface that likely still exists as frost and ice in its craters. It could be the perfect drinking water for astronauts, say the authors of a new study …

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