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Ring of Fire solar eclipse happens on Thursday

Ring of Fire solar eclipse happens on Thursday

Skywatchers will want to be on the lookout for a solar eclipse happening Thursday morning, June 10. It will be the first solar eclipse of the year, and the moon will almost entirely block the sun leaving only a little of the sun outside of the moon's shadow. The only part of the sun visible from behind the moon is a ring, which gives the eclipse its ring of fire name.

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NASA says New Zealand is the 11th country to sign Artemis Accords

NASA says New Zealand is the 11th country to sign Artemis Accords

A little more than a week after South Korea signed the Artemis Accords, NASA has announced that New Zealand is also on board with the commitment. According to the space agency, New Zealand Space Agency's Dr. Peter Crabtree signed the Artemis Accords on May 31, only a week after the Republic of Korea, making it the 11th country to join.

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Astronomers note a significant difference in material ejected from a massive protostar

Astronomers note a significant difference in material ejected from a massive protostar

Astronomers are always studying young stars and other objects in the universe to learn more about star formation and science in general. A group studying a fast-moving jet of material being ejected by a massive still-forming star has found a significant difference between that jet and jets of material ejected by less-massive young stars. The astronomers made the discovery using the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array.

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NASA’s InSight Mars lander just gave itself a dust bath

NASA’s InSight Mars lander just gave itself a dust bath

NASA's InSight lander is giving itself an unexpected shower, taking advantage of Mars soil for a counter-intuitive way to clear off its solar panels for a much-needed recharge. The lander - which has been on the red planet since late 2018 - relies on solar power to operate its scientific instruments, but a build-up of dirt on the panels has made that an increasing challenge.

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Venus missions next as NASA seeks info on “Lost Habitable” world

Venus missions next as NASA seeks info on “Lost Habitable” world

NASA's Discovery Program will seek out information about our nearest space neighbor Venus in a series of two new missions. The missions are expected to launch inside the 2028 - 2030 timeframe, and both will be awarded $500 million for mission development. The missions DAVINCI+ and VERITAS were selected from the final set of four missions which were in turn part of the original NASA Discovery 2019 competition.

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Axiom scores SpaceX’s Dragon for three more private crew ISS missions

Axiom scores SpaceX’s Dragon for three more private crew ISS missions

Axiom Space has announced a new finalized deal with Musk's private company SpaceX for another three private crew flights to the International Space Station, underscoring the budding private space flight market. The deal will cover another three launches with SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft, joining the existing private crew flight called Ax-1 that'll happen in or beyond January 2022.

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The James Webb Space Telescope launch is delayed (again)

The James Webb Space Telescope launch is delayed (again)

NASA has pushed back the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, another delay for the Hubble successor, though the aim is still to have the huge and complex instrument heading to its new home in space before the end of the year. The team behind the telescope project - a collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) - had previously intended to launch on October 31, 2021.

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SpaceX plans to launch an ocean spaceport called Deimos

SpaceX plans to launch an ocean spaceport called Deimos

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently retweeted something from someone named Kendall Dirks that showed a rendering of the Deimos offshore spaceport. The image shows something resembling an offshore oil rig that floats on the ocean's surface, but rather than drilling deep underground for oil, Deimos will be used to launch SpaceX rockets from the ocean.

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ISS Canadarm2 robotic arm survives impact with orbital debris

ISS Canadarm2 robotic arm survives impact with orbital debris

One significant concern for astronauts aboard the ISS is orbital debris that zips around the planet and could pose a potential hazard to the space station. While orbital debris has never been a significant issue for the ISS and the astronauts aboard, recently, an impact with orbital debris occurred. The Canadarm2 robotic arm attached to the ISS used to manipulate cargo, and other objects outside the space station was recently hit by a piece of orbital debris.

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NASA administrator says president’s budget proposal will keep moon missions on track

NASA administrator says president’s budget proposal will keep moon missions on track

Recently we mentioned that the proposed budget for NASA for fiscal 2022 totals $24.8 billion. As massive as that number is, many wondered if it was enough money to keep NASA's missions to the moon on track. On Friday, NASA administrator Bill Nelson said that the $24.8 billion budget proposal would keep the space agency on track to put the first woman and the next man on the moon as early as 2024. However, Nelson did have a warning.

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Skywatchers have the opportunity to see the ISS zip across the sky tonight

Skywatchers have the opportunity to see the ISS zip across the sky tonight

Tonight backyard astronomers have the opportunity, weather permitting, to see the International Space Station flies across the sky. The ISS should be easy to spot with the naked eye because it's the third-brightest object in the nighttime sky, and it constantly moves. The ISS will look like an airplane as it passes overhead, but it will be moving much faster.

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Roscosmos OneWeb Launch 7 mission goes off without a hitch

Roscosmos OneWeb Launch 7 mission goes off without a hitch

Roscosmos and Arianespace have announced they have successfully launched the OneWeb Launch 7 mission after a delay of one day. The delay in the launch was to replace the electrical part of the Soyuz rocket that was to push the satellites in orbit. The mission lifted off on May 28 at 1:38 PM EDT.

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