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Perspective | The Webb telescope is astonishing. But the universe is even more so.

Perspective | The Webb telescope is astonishing. But the universe is even more so.

This new tool can’t do everything, but it’s capturing some of the first light emitted after the big bang, and that is already revealing wonders Joel Achenbach covers science and politics for the National desk. He has been a staff writer for The Post since 1990. August 5, 2022 at 2:23 p.m. EDT W.R. for …

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Artemis 1 rocket beside Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket to roll out Aug. 18 for lunar launch

NASA’s ambitious Artemis 1 moon mission is go to return to the pad, one last time, ahead of launch. The Artemis 1 stack will make the roughly 4-mile (6.4 kilometers) journey from Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Complex 39B on Aug. 18, NASA confirmed on Friday (Aug. 5). The rollout will keep …

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South Korea Is Scouting Out the Moon, With More Missions to Come

South Korea Is Scouting Out the Moon, With More Missions to Come

South Korea set off for the moon on Thursday. But it doesn’t want to stop there. “We are also considering using the moon as an outpost for space exploration,” Kwon Hyun-joon, director general of space and nuclear energy at South Korea’s Ministry of Science, said in a written response to questions. “Although we hope to …

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Florida braces for crowds for NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission launch

They’re coming. Tourism officials in Florida’s Space Coast are expecting a massive influx of tourists for the upcoming Artemis 1 moon mission, the first launch for NASA’s Space Launch System rocket. The “Space Coast” is a term given to the region of Florida where both Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station …

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Visualizing the Relationship Between Cancer and Lifespan

Visualizing the Relationship Between Cancer and Lifespan

Is it Possible to Bring Back Extinct Animal Species? View a higher resolution version of this infographic. Humanity has been tinkering with natural life for thousands of years. We’ve become remarkably good at it, too—to date, we’ve modified bacteria to produce drugs, created crops with built-in pesticides, and even made a glow-in-the-dark dog. However, despite …

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10 Years Since Landing, NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Still Has Drive – NASA Mars Exploration

10 Years Since Landing, NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Still Has Drive – NASA Mars Exploration

Despite signs of wear, the intrepid spacecraft is about to start an exciting new chapter of its mission as it climbs a Martian mountain. Ten years ago today, a jetpack lowered NASA’s Curiosity rover onto the Red Planet, beginning the SUV-size explorer’s pursuit of evidence that, billions of years ago, Mars had the conditions needed …

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Tonga volcano blasted unprecedented amount of water into atmosphere

Tonga volcano blasted unprecedented amount of water into atmosphere

Comment on this story Comment The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai eruption lasted less than a day, but it unleashed the most water vapor into the atmosphere by a volcano on record. Researchers say the blast may temporarily warm surface temperatures in years to come and also deplete stratospheric ozone. On Jan. 15, the underwater volcano erupted …

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