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NASA briefing on early Perseverance Mars Rover science happens Wednesday

NASA briefing on early Perseverance Mars Rover science happens Wednesday

NASA has announced that it will be holding a briefing on early science discoveries from the Perseverance Mars Rover next week. The virtual media briefing will take place at 1 PM EDT on Wednesday, July 21. At the briefing, NASA will discuss early science results from the Perseverance Mars Rover, among other topics.

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NASA invites the public to watch the Starliner launch on July 30

NASA invites the public to watch the Starliner launch on July 30

NASA has announced that it will have complete coverage of the second launch of Starliner on July 30. The space agency is inviting the public to participate virtually in the launch currently scheduled for 2:53 PM EDT Friday, July 30. The mission is OFT-2 and is the second uncrewed flight for the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft.

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Hubble wakes up after NASA Space Telescope fix success

Hubble wakes up after NASA Space Telescope fix success

The Hubble Space Telescope has successfully been switched to its backup hardware, with NASA's potentially risky fix for the ailing instrument seemingly working as planned. Hubble - which has been in operation for 31 years, giving scientists an unprecedented glimpse of distant galaxies - unexpectedly shut down in June, with the payload computer responsible for managing the telescope switching into its protective safe mode.

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Chandra X-ray Observatory observes the results of a galactic collision

Chandra X-ray Observatory observes the results of a galactic collision

While space is massive, at times, objects floating in its vastness do collide. One such collision is Abell 1775. The system is the result of a smaller galaxy cluster colliding with a larger cluster. Scientists are using x-rays from Chandra and data gathered from other telescopes to piece together information about the collision.

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NASA’s new map plans the lunar drive for VIPER

NASA’s new map plans the lunar drive for VIPER

NASA is currently working on putting a new lunar rover on the moon's surface, and part of that work is developing a map of where exactly the rover will travel. Knowing where the rover will drive is critically important to help avoid obstacles and get the rover close enough to objects of interest to perform its mission. VIPER, or Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, is part of the NASA Artemis program.

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LCO astronomers say comet C/2014 UN271 is the largest ever discovered

LCO astronomers say comet C/2014 UN271 is the largest ever discovered

A new comet was discovered last month by astronomers called Comet C/2014 UN271 Bernardinelli-Bernstein. The image below is a synthetic color composite image made using the Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) one-meter telescope located in Sutherland, South Africa. The image was taken on June 22, 2021, and the comet is in roughly the center of the image with a hazy and diffuse cloud around it.

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has hit three big milestones

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has hit three big milestones

The James Webb Space Telescope, the effective successor to Hubble, has hit three new significant milestones, as NASA prepares to launch the powerful instrument later this year. It's getting increasingly close to crunch time for Webb, which will grant scientists an unprecedented view of distant galaxies and could help unlock the secrets of how the universe formed, and continues to evolve.

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Blue Origin’s $28m space auction winner took a raincheck so this 18yo goes instead

Blue Origin’s $28m space auction winner took a raincheck so this 18yo goes instead

The winner of Blue Origin's auction, who spent $28 million on a ticket aboard New Shepard's first crewed flight, has opted not to join Jeff Bezos aboard the spacecraft's maiden voyage. The unnamed winner has blamed "scheduling conflicts" for the decision to take a later flight, Blue Origin said today, as it announced the 18 year old who will take their place.

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NASA’s big Hubble fix begins today: Here’s what will happen

NASA’s big Hubble fix begins today: Here’s what will happen

NASA will begin repairs on Hubble today, after the US space agency developed a new fix for the ailing space telescope. Scientific work with Hubble came to an abrupt halt midway through June, when the payload computer - responsible for managing the high-power telescope itself - unexpectedly shut down.

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NASA video takes us on a flyby of Jupiter and Ganymede

NASA video takes us on a flyby of Jupiter and Ganymede

On June 7 of this year, the NASA Juno spacecraft flew closer to Jupiter's frigid moon Ganymede than any other spacecraft in the last 20 years. Later the same day, Juno made its 34th flyby of Jupiter. NASA has offered a new animation that provides a "starship captain" point of view of each flyby.

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NASA prepares Near-Earth Asteroid Scout spacecraft for launch

NASA prepares Near-Earth Asteroid Scout spacecraft for launch

NASA is currently working on one of the missions that will launch on Artemis I. The mission is the Near-Earth Asteroid Scout or NEA Scout. Engineers at NASA have tucked NEA Scout inside the Space Launch System rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft is one of several secondary payloads that is hitching a ride into orbit aboard Artemis I.

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Physicists report the first definitive measurements of the sun’s electrical field

Physicists report the first definitive measurements of the sun’s electrical field

Astronomers and physicists have been studying the sun for a very long time, and despite all the intense study, much of what goes on in the sun is a mystery. As the Parker Solar Probe gets closer to the sun, scientists are learning new information about the star. A new study published by physicists from the University of Iowa has reported the first definitive measurements of the sun's electrical field.

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