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December 30, 2023
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Recap 2023: Here’s Some of the Most Bizarre Things that Happened in Space This Year

Even before people had time to retire their Xmas and New Year’s decorations at the start of 2023, a new scandal was afoot. Former United States astronaut and now Florida senator Bill Nelson brought into question China’s intentions with our lunar lover.

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Space.com

SpaceX test fires giant Starship booster — and spaceship — for 3rd test flight

The test, which lasted about 10 seconds, successfully fired all 33 Raptor engines on the Super Heavy booster, which serves as the first stage of the Starship rocket, the world’s largest and most powerful booster.

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Space.com

NASA’s Curiosity rover films from dawn to dusk on Mars during downtime (video)

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity had some downtime during November. But rather than resting on its laurels, the robot filmed stunning footage of dawn to dusk on Earth’s neighboring planet. Curiosity filmed two black-and-white videos on Nov.

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Phys.Org

JWST sets a new record, sees newly forming stars in the Triangulum galaxy

Our Milky Way bristles with giant molecular clouds birthing stars. Based on what we see here, astronomers assume that the process of star creation also goes on similarly in other galaxies. It makes sense since their stars have to form somehow.

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Ars Technica

A cat video highlighted a big year for lasers in space

It’s been quite a year for laser communications in space. In October and November, NASA launched two pioneering demonstrations to test high-bandwidth optical communication links, and these tech demos are now showing some initial results.

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LAist

Last Chance To See The Endeavour Before The Space Shuttle Is Taken Off Public Display Indefinitely

A massive white and black retired space shuttle towers over a crowd of museum-goers. The space shuttle Endeavour in its current, temporary exhibit at the California Science Center on Thursday, Dec. 28.

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5newsonline.com

100 days: Countdown begins for the Great American Solar Eclipse

Luckily for Arkansans, the estimated 117.9-mile-wide path of totality will go right through Arkansas on April 8, 2024. Author: Spencer Bailey, 5NEWS Web Staff.

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CTV News

Researchers find new way to identify water and potential life on exoplanets

Bjorn Benneke led a team of Montreal astronomers who discovered an Earth-sized exoplanet that. 05:07. How Montreal astronomers found an exoplanet.

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CTV News

New way of identifying water on exoplanets discovered by scientists

The research, published Thursday in Nature Astronomy, shows that if a planet has less carbon dioxide in its atmosphere than its neighbours, it implies the presence of liquid water – the determining factor for habitability.

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Ars Technica

SpaceX launches two rockets—three hours apart—to close out a record year

On Thursday night, the launch company sent two more rockets into orbit from Florida. One was a Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket in commercial service, carrying the US military’s X-37B spaceplane from a launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space …

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