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Boeing Starliner investigation is now focusing on moisture in the propellant

Boeing Starliner investigation is now focusing on moisture in the propellant

Boeing was forced to scrub its launch of the CST-100 Starliner OFT-2 mission in early August, only hours ahead of its scheduled launch. The problem was that 13 valves that control propellant stuck in the off position wouldn't activate. Boeing tried to troubleshoot the issue on the launchpad, but eventually, the rocket was removed so it could be disassembled for investigation.

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Russian Soyuz spacecraft thruster firing test at the ISS went wrong

Russian Soyuz spacecraft thruster firing test at the ISS went wrong

In July, Russia finally got its new Nakua laboratory module into orbit and attached to the ISS. Unfortunately for the crew and the space station, shortly after being attached an inadvertent thruster firing in the laboratory module pushed the entire space station off-axis. Another unplanned thruster firing by Russian spacecraft happened this week that pushed the ISS out of proper orientation again.

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NASA’s Lucy mission launches tomorrow: How to watch it live

NASA’s Lucy mission launches tomorrow: How to watch it live

NASA's first mission to the Trojan asteroids, Lucy, will launch tomorrow, October 16. The space agency will live stream the mission launch for the public to watch, giving everyone the chance to participate in the milestone mission. NASA anticipates the Lucy mission helping shed light on the formation of our solar system and how the planets originated.

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Virgin Galactic delays space tourism flights until Q4 2022

Virgin Galactic delays space tourism flights until Q4 2022

Not long ago, Virgin Galactic celebrated the completion of its first flight sending a civilian crew into orbit. However, there were problems with that flight when the spacecraft ventured outside its designated airspace, causing the FAA to ground Virgin Galactic until an investigation was completed. Eventually, the company was cleared to resume operations, but another delay has now hit Virgin Galactic.

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China’s FAST radio telescope captures over 1600 FRBs

China’s FAST radio telescope captures over 1600 FRBs

China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) has been used to detect over 1600 independent Fast Radio Burst (FRB) transmissions. Chinese astronomers detected a huge number of signals over 47 days from FRB 121102. In all, Chinese radio astronomers detected 1652 independent bursts over 47 days beginning on August 29, 2019.

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William Shatner Blue Origin space flight reaction is a must-see

William Shatner Blue Origin space flight reaction is a must-see

Star Trek actor William Shatner is now the world's oldest man to go to space, courtesy of Blue Origin. Amazon creator Jeff Bezos (owner of Blue Origin) was present to greet the crew of this flight as they landed back in the Texas desert on October 13, 2021.

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ESO’s VLT images 42 of the largest asteroids in our solar system

ESO’s VLT images 42 of the largest asteroids in our solar system

Our solar system is filled with asteroids of all shapes and sizes. Many of them live in the asteroid belt, but some have spent their lives in other areas. The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has shared an image of 42 of the largest asteroids in the solar system. The asteroids were all imaged using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and represent the largest objects in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

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James Webb Space Telescope arrives in French Guiana

James Webb Space Telescope arrives in French Guiana

NASA is preparing to launch the James Webb Space Telescope into orbit to begin exploring the universe. Recently, NASA announced that the telescope had arrived in French Guiana, where its launch site is located. The journey from the NASA facility to French Guiana was accomplished by ship spending 16 days at sea.

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NASA’s first Mars samples are ready for an audacious trip to Earth

NASA’s first Mars samples are ready for an audacious trip to Earth

NASA's Perseverance rover has been on the surface of Mars for just about eight months now, and in that time, it has taken samples of Martian rock to determine what secrets may be contained within. Perseverance, however, is not going to analyze these samples itself on the surface of Mars, but rather NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are working on a multi-mission schedule to bring those samples back to Earth for analysis later this decade.

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Radio telescope detects signals emanating from stars suggesting planets

Radio telescope detects signals emanating from stars suggesting planets

Anytime we glance up at the night sky, we get an indication of just how vast and star-filled the universe is. Radio astronomers have leveraged the most powerful radio telescope in the world to detect stars sending out unexpected radio waves they believe may indicate the existence of unknown planets. Radio astronomers from the University of Queensland used the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR), part of ASTRON, the Dutch national observatory.

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Ambitious Mars colony simulation starts today with serious stakes

Ambitious Mars colony simulation starts today with serious stakes

AMADEE-20 may not be on Mars but it sure looks a lot like it, and that's just why the new mock-habitat mission could be so important. Kicking off today, the Austrian Space Forum's big Mars base experiment will see six analog astronauts live for a month in the Ramon Crater in Israel, trying to shake out some of the glitches in the hope of smoothing future settlement efforts on the red planet.

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Blue Origin delays NS-18 launch due to weather

Blue Origin delays NS-18 launch due to weather

Blue Origin is a private space company looking forward to launching its NS-18 mission with civilians going into space. Blue Origin notified the public via a tweet yesterday that winds at its West Texas launch facility were forecast to be too high for the launch to occur as planned. The launch has been rescheduled for October 13, with liftoff targeted for 8:30 AM CDT.

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