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November 20, 2022


Orion ready for lunar flyby maneuver

WASHINGTON — NASA has approved plans to proceed with the next critical milestone in the Artemis 1 mission, a maneuver by the uncrewed Orion spacecraft as it flies by the moon Nov. 21. NASA announced late Nov. 19 that the Artemis 1 mission management …

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Double auroras light up Martian skies

A schematic showing 2 types of auroras on Mars. On August 30, a solar storm (a coronal mass ejection, or CME) struck Mars, leading to the discovery of simultaneous double auroras by NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft.

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Thrilling NASA Video Details Wild Plan to Snatch Rocks From Mars

No big deal. We’ll just send a spacecraft to the red planet, plop down a lander on the Martian surface, meet up with an old rover, stuff some tubes into a rocket, blast that rocket off Mars, have a spacecraft catch the sample container, bring those samples …

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Duluth News Tribune

Astro Bob: Asteroid discovered just hours before crashing to Earth

An meter-wide asteroid came down over southern Ontario not far from Niagara Falls this weekend. Astronomers saw it coming. Arriving shortly. Dereck Bowen of Brantford, Ontario, captured this incredible, wide-angle photo of the incoming asteroid using a …

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SpaceX’s next NASA cargo launch to space station delayed to Nov. 22

The delay, which SpaceX announced on Friday (Nov. 18), was caused by a coolant leak in the company’s Dragon cargo capsule. The leak has been fixed and Dragon is now set to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday at 3: …

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Researchers turn asphaltene into graphene

Asphaltenes, a byproduct of crude oil production, are a waste material with potential. Rice University scientists are determined to find it by converting the carbon-rich resource into useful graphene. Muhammad Rahman, an assistant research professor of …

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NASA Blogs

Artemis I – Flight Day Five: Orion Enters Lunar Sphere of Influence Ahead of Lunar Flyby

Engineers activated the Callisto payload, Lockheed Martin’s technology demonstration in collaboration with Amazon and Cisco. Callisto will test voice-activated and video technology that may assist future astronauts on deep space missions.

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Why Do Touch-Me-Not Leaves Close When Touched? Science Writer Offers Explanation

The videos showed how the plant’s electrical impulses get generated and its leaves fold due to the presence of an insect on it. ”Ever touched a sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica) and marvelled at its leaves …

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NASA Blogs

Artemis I – Flight Day Four: Testing WiFi Signals, Radiator System, GO for Outbound Powered Flyby

Orion snapped this high-resolution selfie in space with a camera mounted on its solar array wing during a routine external inspection of the spacecraft on the third day into the Artemis I mission.

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ANI News

New research reveals exact shape of the halo of stars existing in our galaxy

It was believed to be spherical for decades. However, with the rise in modern observatory techniques, a new model is established that showcases that the stellar halo, as this cloudy diffusion is called, is oblong and tilted.

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