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US Space Command says Russian satellite debris poses multi-year risk

US Space Command says Russian satellite debris poses multi-year risk

Russia has shocked and enraged the international community by conducting an anti-satellite test that puts the International Space Station -- and everyone living on it -- in jeopardy. The action has provoked strong rebukes from many officials, not the least of whom is NASA Administrator Bill Nelson who expressed shock that Russia would put its own cosmonauts at risk.

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A new exoplanet orbiting a binary discovered utilizing a new technique

A new exoplanet orbiting a binary discovered utilizing a new technique

A group of researchers has discovered a new exoplanet that is unique because it's orbiting a pair of stars. A planet of this type is called circumbinary, and for many years the planets were theorized but hadn't been discovered. The discovery of circumbinary planets was enabled thanks to powerful instruments such as the Kepler space telescope and the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). So far, astronomers have detected 14 circumbinary exoplanets.

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NASA was forced to change the orbit of the ISS due to space junk

NASA was forced to change the orbit of the ISS due to space junk

This month, NASA was forced to change the orbit of the ISS to avoid a potential collision with a piece of space junk. At the incredible velocities that objects orbit the Earth, even a small piece of space junk has the potential to cause catastrophic damage if it impacts the ISS. The space junk caused NASA to make an "urgent change of orbit" on November 11.

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SpaceX successfully places 53 additional Starlink satellites in orbit

SpaceX successfully places 53 additional Starlink satellites in orbit

This week was a busy one for SpaceX, having launched the Crew-3 mission to the ISS. Only days later, SpaceX also launched another Falcon 9 to put 53 Starlink satellites into orbit. This was an interesting flight shrouded in fog at launch but had decent weather above the fog layer.

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NASA is sending Snoopy items to space on Artemis I mission

NASA is sending Snoopy items to space on Artemis I mission

NASA will send Snoopy to space as part of its Artemis I mission, the space agency has revealed. The popular character will serve two purposes: the physical objects will act as gravity indicators, while the idea of Snoopy in space will help educate kids about space travel and, potentially, inspire some of them to pursue future careers in the space industry.

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Near-Earth asteroid Kamo`oalewa might be an ancient fragment of the moon

Near-Earth asteroid Kamo`oalewa might be an ancient fragment of the moon

Researchers from the University of Arizona published a new study suggesting a near-Earth asteroid called Kamo`oalewa might be a moon fragment. The asteroid is a quasi-satellite, which is a group of near-Earth asteroids that orbit the sun close to Earth. Researchers know very little about this class of objects overall because they are very faint and hard to observe.

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SpinLaunch kinetic launch system celebrates a successful test flight

SpinLaunch kinetic launch system celebrates a successful test flight

The thing that has been common for every satellite put into orbit in the history of spaceflight is that they've all used rockets. However, the need for rockets is changing with a company called SpinLaunch celebrating the first successful test launch for its kinetic launch system. The launch system doesn't use a rocket and is zero emissions.

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ESO VLT discovers a black hole inside a distant star cluster

ESO VLT discovers a black hole inside a distant star cluster

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has used its Very Large Telescope (VLT) to discover a previously unknown black hole outside the Milky Way. Astronomers discovered the black hole by investigating how it influenced a star nearby. The discovery marks the first time the detection method has been used to discover a black hole outside our galaxy.

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ISS welcomes new crewmembers with SpaceX Crew-3 arrival

ISS welcomes new crewmembers with SpaceX Crew-3 arrival

Yesterday, we mentioned that SpaceX and NASA have finally successfully launched the Crew-3 mission, sending four new astronauts to live on the ISS. The successful launch came after several delays due to weather and other issues. Crew-3 was supposed to have launched on October 31, and it was then delayed until November 3 before finally launching on November 10. Crew-3 finally docked with the ISS 30 minutes ahead of schedule on Thursday, November 11 at 6:32 PM.

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SpaceX Crew-3 mission finally launches after delays

SpaceX Crew-3 mission finally launches after delays

NASA and SpaceX finally launched the Crew-3 mission yesterday on November 10, at 9:03 PM EST. The launch happened at Launch Complex 39A at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The capsule used for the mission was the Crew Dragon Endurance, and it was pushed into orbit atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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The International Space Station is making an emergency space junk swerve

The International Space Station is making an emergency space junk swerve

The International Space Station (ISS) found itself in the path of a piece of space junk this week. Without carefully calculated action, the ISS and this space junk would have the potential for a disastrous crash. To avoid the danger zone, the ISS will need to fire its engines and make itself move to a minimum distance of just over 600 meters from the junk.

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NASA talks about the future of the Artemis moon mission

NASA talks about the future of the Artemis moon mission

NASA has been pushing hard to build a new spacecraft and plan missions that will put humans on the moon's surface again for the first time since the Apollo era. This week, NASA provided the first major Artemis mission update since President Biden took office. In the update, NASA talked about challenges and progress made for the mission and reiterated the commitment to exploring the moon and sending astronauts to Mars in the long term.

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