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November 17, 2022

Spaceflight Now

NASA triumphs in successful debut launch of huge SLS moon rocket

NASA’s huge Space Launch System moon rocket finally took off from Florida early Wednesday after a decade in development, sending an unpiloted Orion crew capsule toward lunar orbit on a 25-day test flight to lay a path for astronauts to return to the moon …

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What is the Great Filter, and can we survive it?

It’s the idea of that – even if life forms abundantly in our Milky Way galaxy – each extraterrestrial civilization ultimately faces some barrier to its own survival. The barrier might come from without (for example, an asteroid striking a planet, and …

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Researchers develop a new method for analyzing rock glaciers

Standing on a rock glacier is what Tyler Meng imagines it would be like to stand on the surface of Mars. The glacier’s barren and wrinkled landscape looks like Silly Putty that’s drooped under gravity’s pull, offering few clues that a frozen, …

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Astronomy Magazine

How to see the International Space Station from your backyard

Lots of things change in the night sky. Stars rise and set during the night; constellations come and go as the seasons pass; planets waltz along the ecliptic, visiting the zodiacal constellations on their nonstop sightseeing tour of the heavens; …

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The Washington Post

Can’t go to the moon? This crater in Canada is the next best thing.

“This crater in Labrador wasn’t even known to be a crater during the Apollo missions,” said Gordon Osinski, a planetary geologist at Canada’s Western University who has guided astronauts around the crater. “I’d love to see every astronaut who eventually …

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The Weather Channel

Leonid Meteor Shower to Peak This Week!

For sky gazers, November is a gift that keeps on giving, with not one but three meteor showers in store for the month! While the Taurids already put on a spectacular show earlier this month, coming up next are the colourful Leonids.

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BBC News

Winchcombe meteorite bolsters Earth water theory

A meteorite that crashed on the Gloucestershire town of Winchcombe last year contained water that was a near-perfect match for that on Earth. This bolsters the idea rocks from space brought key chemical components, including water, to the planet early …

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NASA defends sending ‘Red Team’ to fix fuel leak on Artemis rocket

NASA on Wednesday defended its decision to send a “Red Team” of technicians into a potentially dangerous blast zone to fix a leak in the Artemis rocket fueling system while the rocket was nearly full of fuel just before launch.

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Underneath Antarctica’s Sea Ice, Scientists Find Life Thriving in the Dark

Cyan blue microorganisms known as diatoms appear in a clump together. They’re shaped. Diatoms, a group of phytoplankton, are hardy organisms that might be thriving under sea ice in Antarctica.

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Ancient global ocean on Mars may have come from carbon-rich chondrite meteorites from the outer solar system

A team of researchers at the University of Copenhagen’s Center for Star and Planet Formation, working with colleagues from Université de Paris, ETH Zürich and the University of Bern, has found evidence suggesting that most of the water that made up an …

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