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October 15, 2022


‘Delightfully boring:’ SpaceX’s Dragon capsule Freedom aces 1st astronaut mission

The first mission for SpaceX’s newest Dragon crew capsule could hardly have gone more smoothly. The spacecraft, named Freedom, flew SpaceX’s Crew-4 astronaut mission to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA, which wrapped up Friday afternoon …

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Record-breaking gamma-ray burst possibly most powerful explosion ever recorded

In the early-morning hours of today, 14 October 2022, astronomers using the Gemini South telescope in Chile operated by NSF’s NOIRLab observed the unprecedented aftermath of one of the most powerful explosions ever recorded, Gamma-Ray Burst GRB221009A.

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Crew-4 returns to Earth

WASHINGTON — SpaceX completed its fourth operational commercial crew mission to the International Space Station Oct. 14 with the safe return of a Crew Dragon spacecraft with four American and European astronauts on board. The Crew Dragon spacecraft …

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A NASA spacecraft will swing by Earth on Sunday

This Sunday, a spacecraft called Lucy will be in the sky – just without diamonds. NASA’s Lucy spacecraft will skirt Earth, coming within just a few hundred miles of us on its journey to the far-off Jupiter Trojan asteroids. The spacecraft will pass 220 …

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A black hole is releasing some strange burps, baffling scientists

Astronomers have published a major finding: A black hole has been “burping” out energy from a small star it was observed shredding in 2018, after two years in which it didn’t eject any such material. How unusual is this? “Super unusual,” Yvette Cendes, …

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Spaceflight Now

Live coverage: SpaceX launches Eutelsat TV broadcasting satellite

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. The Falcon 9 rocket will launch Eutelsat’s Hotbird 13F geostationary communications satellites.

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The Weather Channel

NASA Releases Mesmerising Simulation that Shows How the Moon Could Have Formed in Just a Few Hours!

The calm and placid Moon has been faithfully circling the Earth for billions of years. But before all this calm, there was chaos — and these chaotic collisions played a significant role in the formation of the Moon. Now, a study by NASA has, through a …

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Huge, unusually powerful explosion in space just detected by scientists

Astronomers have never seen a gamma-ray burst in our galactic neighborhood (meaning the local galaxies around us). That’s because stellar explosions themselves aren’t too common. A star in our Milky Way galaxy will go supernova around once a century.

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Popular Science

Geologists are searching for when the Earth took its first breath

Indeed, after the Earth formed, its early atmosphere was a medley of gases burped out by volcanic eruptions. Over several billion years, they coated our planet with a stew of noxious methane, hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide, and water vapor.

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Voice of America

Astronomer Captivated by Brightest Flash Ever Seen

The burst of gamma rays — the most intense form of electromagnetic radiation — was first detected by orbiting telescopes Sunday, and its afterglow is still being watched by scientists across the world. Astrophysicist Brendan O’ …

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