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Astronomers outline revival plan for a massive telescope on the moon

Astronomers outline revival plan for a massive telescope on the moon

A group of astronomers from the University of Texas at Austin believe that reviving an old NASA plan from a decade ago could solve a problem other telescopes are unable to tackle. The astronomers believe that the massive telescope would be able to study the first stars in the universe. Researchers in the project say that the James Webb Space Telescope will look back to a time when galaxies first formed.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience successfully docks with the ISS

SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience successfully docks with the ISS

SpaceX and NASA successfully launched the first commercial crew mission on Sunday, November 15, at 7:27 PM. At that time, the Falcon 9 rocket headed into orbit with the Crew Dragon and for astronauts aboard. NASA has announced that the Groom Dragon Resilience successfully docked with the ISS at 11:01 PM EST Monday.

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Scientists claim the solar system formed in less than 200,000 years

Scientists claim the solar system formed in less than 200,000 years

Often scientists talk about the cosmic timescale. For humans, a decade is often viewed as a long time. On a cosmic timescale, 10 years or even a hundred years is the blink of an eye. Cosmic timescales are measured in millions or billions of years. Scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently announced that research indicates our solar system formed in less than 200,000 years.

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ESA Ariel mission heads to implementation phase

ESA Ariel mission heads to implementation phase

The European Space Agency has announced that the Atmospheric remote-sensing infrared exoplanet large-survey (Ariel) mission has moved from the study phase to the implementation phase. An industrial contractor will be selected to build the spacecraft. Ariel's mission is to study what exoplanets are made of and how they form and evolve.

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SpaceX Crew-1 launches first operational mission from US since 2011

SpaceX Crew-1 launches first operational mission from US since 2011

After a few setbacks, including a few days' delay due to unfavorable winds, SpaceX once again made history, this time along with NASA. More than just launching humans into space again aboard its Crew Dragon capsule, the Crew-1 mission represents an important milestone for NASA and the US. For the first time since 2011, an official crew rotation is being launched from the US using a rocket made by and in the US, opening the doors for more missions, both commercial and government, provided everything goes according to plan, of course.

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Martian heat and dust help its water escape into space

Martian heat and dust help its water escape into space

Researchers have used one of the instruments aboard the NASA MAVEN spacecraft to discover water vapor near the surface of Mars is pushed higher into the atmosphere than previously believed possible. Once the water vapor is high into what remains of the Martian atmosphere, it's easily destroyed by electrically charged gas particles and lost to space. Researchers believe the phenomenon they have discovered is one of several that led to Mars losing its oceans that are believed to have been up to hundreds of feet deep over billions of years.

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ULA Atlas 5 launch using new solid-fueled booster went perfectly

ULA Atlas 5 launch using new solid-fueled booster went perfectly

United Launch Alliance (ULA) had a successful liftoff on Friday night using a new rocket booster. The launch used a ULA Atlas 5 rocket that had a solid-fueled booster design. The company says the solid-fueled booster is cheaper and easier to handle than the previous strap-on motors.

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Historic SpaceX Crew-1 launch will happen today

Historic SpaceX Crew-1 launch will happen today

SpaceX will be making history today with the launch of its Crew-1 spacecraft set to happen at 7:27 PM from Cape Canaveral, Florida. While SpaceX has already put astronauts into space, that was a test mission, and today's launch will mark the first official commercial crew launch for NASA and SpaceX. This will be the second launch putting astronauts into space and onto the ISS from American soil since the space shuttle fleet was retired.

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Scientists can’t eliminate the possibility that asteroid Apophis will hit the Earth

Scientists can’t eliminate the possibility that asteroid Apophis will hit the Earth

Many asteroids are floating around in space that NASA and other organizations are tracking. One of those asteroids is about the size of the Eiffel Tower and is called Apophis. Scientists recently said that they couldn't rule out that Apophis might impact the Earth in 2068.

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Christie’s to auction the only photo of Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk

Christie’s to auction the only photo of Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk

Space memorabilia fans with deep pockets should be ready to pony up for a one-of-a-kind item going up for auction at Christie's. The one-of-a-kind space relic is the only photo ever taken of Neil Armstrong's moonwalk (not pictured). Fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin took the photo while both were on the surface of the moon.

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November is shaping up as a busy month for rocket launches

November is shaping up as a busy month for rocket launches

November could be a very busy month for rocket launches around the United States and world. We were originally set to have a quartet of launches over the next four days. However, the SpaceX Crew-1 mission was delayed until Sunday. Other launches set to take off in the next few days, barring any unforeseen changes, include the National Reconnaissance Office classified NROL-101.

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SLS core stage rocket to go through critical tests this month

SLS core stage rocket to go through critical tests this month

NASA is currently working on a massive rocket called the Space Launch System or SLS. We mentioned last month that the massive rocket was set to undergo some critical tests. The SLS core stage is set for more tests this month and still sits on the B-2 test stand at the Stennis Space Center. The massive rocket is 212 feet tall and is more powerful than any rocket used since the 60s.

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