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The Daring LightSail 2 Spacecraft Is Being Sucked Into Fiery Doom

The Daring LightSail 2 Spacecraft Is Being Sucked Into Fiery Doom

LightSail 2 spacecraft captured this image on June 11, 2022, which shows Madagascar and a portion of Mozambique.Image: The Planetary Society For the past three years, a tiny loaf-of-bread-sized spacecraft with gigantic wings has been sailing on sunbeams in low Earth orbit. LightSail 2 has far exceeded its life expectancy and proven that solar sails …

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Astronauts Can Suffer a Decade of Bone Loss During Months in Space, New Research Suggests

Astronauts Can Suffer a Decade of Bone Loss During Months in Space, New Research Suggests

The new research found that human bones, like the wrist bone pictured here, suffers from accelerated loss of density as the result of long-duration missions in space. Image: L. Gabel et al., 2022 Long-term exposure to microgravity results in the loss of bone density, and new research reveals the disturbing extent to which this happens …

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Countdown begins for Atlas 5 launch from Cape Canaveral – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The mission, known as USSF 12, will launch the U.S. Space Force’s Wide Field of View Testbed satellite and the USSF 12 Ring spacecraft into geosynchronous orbit. Text updates …

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Pair of orcas targeting great white sharks off South Africa's coast

Pair of orcas targeting great white sharks off South Africa’s coast

Great whites used to dominate areas of the Gansbaai coast, around 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Cape Town, but have been avoiding them in recent years, according to a paper published in the African Journal of Marine Science on Wednesday. The Gansbaai coast was once a popular spot for great white shark spotting, but …

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Ice Age Wolf DNA Reveals Dogs Trace Ancestry to Two Separate Populations of Ancient Wolves

Ice Age Wolf DNA Reveals Dogs Trace Ancestry to Two Separate Populations of Ancient Wolves

According to a new study, the ancestry of dogs can be traced to at least two populations of ancient wolves. Credit: Jessica Rae Peto An international group of geneticists and archaeologists has discovered that the ancestry of dogs can be traced to at least two populations of ancient wolves. The research moves us a step …

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Dangerous Asteroid Approaching Earth

Riskiest Asteroid Known to Humankind in the Last Year Will Not Strike Earth for at Least 100 Years

Asteroid ‘2021 QM1’ has been officially removed from ESA’s asteroid risk list. Another 1,377 asteroids remain. (Artist’s impression of an asteroid hurtling toward Earth.) Impact in 2052 ruled out as the European Space Agency (ESA) counts down to Asteroid Day Just in time for worldwide Asteroid Day: a threatening space rock lingered at the top …

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NASA's DART Mission Is Going to Really Mess Up This Tiny Asteroid

NASA’s DART Mission Is Going to Really Mess Up This Tiny Asteroid

The DART mission will be the first to test asteroid deflection through kinetic impactor technology. Illustration: NASA In order to protect the Earth, some sacrifices must be made. NASA’s DART spacecraft is currently on its way to a binary asteroid system known as Didymos and will essentially crash into one tiny asteroid to test out …

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NASA's DART Mission Is Going to Really Mess Up This Tiny Asteroid

NASA’s DART Mission Is Going to Really Mess Up This Tiny Asteroid

The DART mission will be the first to test asteroid deflection through kinetic impactor technology. Illustration: NASA In order to protect the Earth, some sacrifices must be made. NASA’s DART spacecraft is currently on its way to a binary asteroid system known as Didymos and will essentially crash into one tiny asteroid to test out …

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Mystery rocket that smashed into the moon left 2 craters, NASA say

Mystery rocket that smashed into the moon left 2 craters, NASA say

NASA has photographed the crash site of the mysterious rocket that smashed into the far side of the moon in March, and the unidentified spacecraft left behind a weird double crater that has scientists puzzled. Images of the crash site were taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) on May 25 and released on June …

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'Deepest image of our universe' ever taken by Webb Telescope will be revealed in July

‘Deepest image of our universe’ ever taken by Webb Telescope will be revealed in July

The James Webb Space Telescope will release its first high-resolution color images on July 12. One of those images “is the deepest image of our universe that has ever been taken,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson during a news conference on Wednesday. “If you think about that, this is farther than humanity has ever moved …

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