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November 11, 2022

The New York Times

NASA Launched an Inflatable Flying Saucer, Then Landed It in the Ocean

“I would say that would be inaccurate,” Neil Cheatwood, principal investigator for the Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator, or LOFTID for short, said of the comparison during an interview.

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Spaceflight Now

NASA assesses moon rocket after a brush with Hurricane Nicole

NASA’s $4.1 billion Artemis moon rocket, exposed to the elements atop its Kennedy Space Center launch pad, was rocked by high winds and driving rain early Thursday as Hurricane Nicole roared ashore just south of the spaceport.

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BBC News

Life on Mars? Australian rocks may hold clues for Nasa rover

Nasa’s Perseverance rover should look for similarities when exploring rocks of a similar age on Mars, they say. The wheeled robot is searching for evidence that biology took hold on the Red Planet …

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Northern Taurid fireballs can be seen all November long

The Southern Taurids peaked last week, with sightings of fireballs lasting throughout the first week of November, but it’s not over yet. The Taurid meteor shower is composed of two streams, and the Northern Taurids are predicted to peak on Saturday, …

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This Fish Eats Its Own Young

Some female cichlids counter the stress of protecting their offspring by munching on them, study suggests. Will Sullivan. November 10, 2022 2:30 p.m.. A side view of an Astatotilapia burtoni fish in an aquarium with a barcode attached to …

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‘One of the greatest damn mysteries of physics’: The most precise astronomical test of electromagnetism yet

In research just published in Science, we decided to test whether α is the same in different places within our galaxy by studying stars that are almost identical twins of our sun. If α is different in different …

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2022 Leonid Meteor Shower Could Deliver Shooting-Star Outburst This Month

While the Taurids are known for traveling relatively slowly as they burn up in the atmosphere and producing a number of fireballs (especially this year), the Leonids are considered a swift shower, producing fast, bright shooting stars.

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U.S. News & World Report

NASA’s New Moon Rocket Tested by Hurricane-Force Winds at Florida Launchpad

(Reuters) – NASA’s new $4 billion moon rocket endured fierce winds and heavy rains early Thursday as it rode out Hurricane Nicole on its Florida launchpad, apparently with only minor damage, according to an early NASA inspection in the storm’s aftermath.

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Predicting Black Hole Radio-Wave Hot Spots

November 10, 2022 • Physics 15, 170. Simulations of the plasma around a black hole indicate that “magnetic reconnection” could induce radio-wave hot spots that orbit the black hole, a prediction future Event Horizon Telescope measurements could test.

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Big Island Now

Keck Planet Finder on Maunakea captures first data in ‘exciting chapter’ for astronomy

On Wednesday night, a new planet-hunting instrument at the W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea achieved “first light,” capturing its first data from the sky, a spectrum of the planet Jupiter. When …

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