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January 15, 2024
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Space.com

Meet the 4 astronauts of SpaceX’s Ax-3 launch for Axiom Space

Houston-based Axiom Space is poised for the company’s third private astronaut launch to space. Ax-3 will carry a four-person, all-European crew on a roughly two-week mission to conduct research aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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Space.com

Decade-long Dark Energy Survey offers new insights into the expansion of the universe

A survey of over 1,500 supernovas conducted by the Dark Energy Camera has placed strong constraints on the accelerating expansion of the universe. The results suggest that the mysterious force that drives this cosmic acceleration, …

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Space.com

No alien life needed: Dark streaks in Venus’ atmosphere can be explained by iron minerals

New experiments may have solved one of Venus’ biggest mysteries. Astrochemists have found that iron-bearing minerals are potentially the mysterious ultraviolet-absorbing substance in the clouds that wrap around the ultra-hot second planet from the sun.

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CBS News

Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic’s lunar lander will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere after failed moonshot

Astrobotic said it has consulted with NASA and other government officials on how best to end the mission. The company said it does not want to endanger satellites around Earth or create a hazard for future spacecraft flying to the moon.

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CNN

The moon has entered a new epoch, scientists say

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is pictured here walking on the surface of the moon near a leg of the lunar module during the Apollo 11 mission. NASA. Sign …

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Space.com

Planets can form much faster than thought, new ALMA telescope photos suggest

Clouds of dust and gas not far from our solar system are giving astronomers a rare glimpse into the earliest stages of planet formation. These clouds, which are between 200,000 and 500,000 years old and lie within 700 light-years of Earth, …

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The New York Times

When We Look at the Moon, We See Ourselves — Craters and All

In “Our Moon,” Rebecca Boyle elucidates how Earth’s closest neighbor makes us what — and who — we are. Share full article.

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Phys.Org

SpaceX inspires NASA to prep for small mishaps in moonshot plan

When the first U.S.-made moon lander launched in more than 50 years experienced a critical failure shortly after reaching space on Jan. 8, the news was initially a shock. But NASA was prepared. The Peregrine lander, built by a Pittsburgh-based startup …

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NPR

An old relative of the T. rex sparks new questions about the dinosaur’s origins

Researchers say they have identified a new species of Tyrannosaurus that traces the dino’s lineage to North America much earlier than previously thought, and could shed new light on the murky origins of the Tyrannosaurus rex.

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Discover Magazine

Sponge-Like Snow Could Explain Titan’s Magic Islands

One of the great mysteries of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is the temporary smoothness of its hydrocarbon lakes in places, a state that sometimes last for days or weeks. Planetary geologists have come up with two potential explanations for this …

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