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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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Parker Solar Probe data shows how hypervelocity dust impacts can cause damage

Parker Solar Probe data shows how hypervelocity dust impacts can cause damage

NASA's Parker Solar Probe has been exploring space near the Sun and observing Venus for several years. The probe launched on August 12, 2018, and has so far set numerous records for spacecraft. Recently, the probe was used by scientists at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to investigate collisions between the spacecraft and hypervelocity dust grains. It's hard to imagine a grain of dust being able to cause damage to anything, but when traveling at incredible velocities, something tiny can cause devastating damage.

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NASA SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts splash down as Crew-3 prepares for launch

NASA SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts splash down as Crew-3 prepares for launch

The Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft delivered NASA's SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts safely into the Gulf of Mexico at approximately 10:33 PM EST (22:33) near Pensacola, Florida. This splashdown stands as an example of a safe, reliable, cost-effective bit of transportation as executed by NASA's Commercial Crew Program. NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 mission is expected to launch on or after November 10, 2021.

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Heinz Marz Edition ketchup tomatoes were grown using Mars soil conditions

Heinz Marz Edition ketchup tomatoes were grown using Mars soil conditions

Fruits and vegetables can have different tastes depending on the region and soil they are grown in. The folks behind Heinz ketchup have a new product called Heinz Marz Edition made with tomatoes grown utilizing soil conditions that are present on Mars. Heinz Tomato Masters worked with a team from the Florida Tech Aldrin Space Institute to successfully grow the tomatoes used in the special ketchup.

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NASA recovered one Hubble instrument while others remain in safe mode

NASA recovered one Hubble instrument while others remain in safe mode

The last few months have been challenging for the Hubble Space Telescope and the team of scientists and engineers overseeing the iconic observatory. NASA has confirmed that it has successfully recovered the Advanced Camera for Surveys instrument aboard the Hubble as of November 7. As of that date, the instrument has begun making science observations again. However, the other instruments aboard Hubble remain in safe mode.

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NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 undocks from ISS: What happens next

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 undocks from ISS: What happens next

As expected, today marks the return of NASA, ESA, and JAXA astronauts on the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor spacecraft, marking the end of NASA's Crew-2 mission that launched back in late April. The SpaceX Crew-2 mission docked with the International Space Station on April 24 and, as of 2:05 PM ET today, has undocked for a return to Earth.

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NASA Ingenuity Mars helicopter is getting back to work

NASA Ingenuity Mars helicopter is getting back to work

For several weeks last month, NASA could not continue operations with any of its spacecraft orbiting Mars or operating on the planet's surface. It was unable to continue operations because of the conjunction that placed Mars on the other side of the sun from Earth. NASA won't send any commands or data to and from Mars during the conjunction because there's a risk of the commands being garbled and causing unintended operation of the spacecraft.

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