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December 25, 2023
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Space.com

Astronauts in space beam holiday wishes to Earth for Christmas (video)

Clad in red and green Santa hats, NASA astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara joined the station’s Expedition 70 commander Andreas Mogensen of the European Space Agency and Satoshi Furukawa of Japan to share what it’s like to spend the holidays off …

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Space.com

Japan’s SLIM ‘moon sniper’ lander arrives in lunar orbit for Christmas

“The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is pleased to announce that the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) was successfully inserted into lunar orbit at 16:51 (Japan Standard Time, JST) on December 25, 2023,” JAXA officials wrote in an …

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Space.com

Hubble Telescope sees a bright ‘snowball’ of stars in the Milky Way’s neighbor (image)

The space telescope imaged a globular cluster located in the Milky Way satellite galaxy named the Large Magellanic Cloud, ensuring a starry white Christmas for space fans. Comments (0). An extremely starry scene in space. The center looks like a white …

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KQED

NASA Uses Laser to Beam This Cute Cat Video to Earth

An orange tabby cat named Taters stars in the first video transmitted by laser from deep space, stealing the show as he chases a red laser light. ‘I’m celebrating his spotlight with him, but making sure he keeps his paws on the carpet.

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Phys.Org

Japan moon lander enters lunar orbit

Japan’s SLIM space probe entered the moon’s orbit on Monday in a major step towards the country’s first successful lunar landing, expected next month. The Smart Lander for Investigating moon (SLIM) is nicknamed the “Moon Sniper” because it is designed …

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WJLA

Scientists considering using nuclear explosions to stop asteroids, new study shows

CINCINNATI (WKRC) — The idea of using a nuclear explosion to fend off an incoming asteroid has been considered in both real life and science fiction for some time now, but the idea never got much traction. Scientists have long said that the idea is a …

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BBC News

Beagle 2: Failed Mars mission influencing future exploration

Twenty years after the UK’s failed mission to Mars which hoped to detect life, a scientist reflects on what happened. On Christmas Day 2003, experts from the University of Leicester, who were working on the Beagle 2 mission, waited for a signal but …

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Voice of America

Insect Compasses, Fire-Fighting Vines: 2023’s Nature-Inspired Tech

From compasses mimicking insect eyes to forest fire-fighting robots that behave like vines, here’s a selection of this year’s nature-based technology. Insect compass. Some insects — such as ants and bees — …

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National Post

Predicted but unseen, these cannibal stars illuminate an astronomical mystery

A star locked in close orbit around another will start to “eat” it, stripping hydrogen from its outer layers and leaving behind a hotter, denser star that is invisible to the human eye but glows hot in the ultraviolet spectrum, according to new …

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Noozhawk

Dennis Mammana: Here’s Looking to 2024 and a Year of Cosmic Wonder

The year begins with brilliant Jupiter dominating the heavens. It will remain in our early evening sky throughout the spring months, though it’ll be receding from Earth and will begin to fade a bit by the end of April when we’ll lose it in the sunset …

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