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December 21, 2023
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Spaceflight Now

ULA stacks Vulcan rocket for the first time ahead of Jan. 8 debut launch

United Launch Alliance achieved a critical milestone towards the debut of its next launch vehicle. On Wednesday, the company integrated the payload fairing on top of its Vulcan rocket, marking the first time it has put together the full stack.

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Space.com

SpaceX fires up giant Starship rocket ahead of 3rd test flight (video)

SpaceX’s latest Starship vehicle has begun flexing its considerable muscle. SpaceX conducted a “static fire” test today (Dec. 20) with the Starship upper-stage prototype known as Ship 28, briefly igniting the vehicle’s Raptor engines while it remained …

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Space.com

Astronomers discover strangely missing stars in galaxies near Milky Way

A newfound population of stars in nearby dwarf galaxies represents the long-sought progenitors of a specific type of stellar death, or supernova, according to new research. Theories have shown that, for every three massive stars, one is stripped of its …

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CNN

United States announces plan to land international astronaut on the moon

US Vice President Kamala Harris is pictured during a briefing at the NASA headquarters in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. Al Drago/Bloomberg/Getty Images.

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Space.com

Hubble Telescope gifts us a dazzling starry ‘snow globe’ just in time for the holidays

A collection of stars and galaxies fill the scene against a dark background. The image. NASA and ESA have released a new composite image of dwarf irregular galaxy UGC 8091, created with …

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Space.com

Watch the ‘Christmas Tree Cluster’ twinkle in X-rays (video)

This month, space feels a bit more festive. That could be because of a new composite image of the Christmas Tree Cluster that shows star formation in a merry way, complete with green pine needles and twinkling lights. This image, in fact, …

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Scientific American

Two Private US Moon Landers Prepare for Historic Launches

The first vehicles to fly under NASA’s new lunar delivery initiative will aim to be the first commercial spacecraft to land softly on another celestial body. By Michael Greshko. A rendering of the peregrine spacecraft on the lunar surface.

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Science Magazine

Genomic evidence for West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse during the Last Interglacial

To date, there is no empirical evidence to indicate whether the WAIS has completely collapsed at any time in the three million years since the Pliocene (8, 9). Inferring WAIS configurations during late Pleistocene super …

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Space.com

Distant nebula looks like fleeing turkey in festive new Very Large Telescope photo

a gathering of red and pink gaseous nebulas in space in the vague shape of a. An image of the “Running Chicken Nebula,” as seen by the Very Large Telescope.

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The New York Times

This Antarctic Octopus Has a Warning About Rising Sea Levels

A huge ice sheet appears to have melted about 120,000 years ago, when temperatures were similar to those on Earth today, according to a DNA study that mapped octopus movements.

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