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NASA targets a launch date for Artemis I early next year

NASA targets a launch date for Artemis I early next year

NASA has confirmed that it has completed stacking the Orion spacecraft aboard the Space Launch System rocket that will push it into orbit in the future. With the stacking of the rocket complete, it's ready to be transferred to the launchpad for its long-anticipated trip into orbit. Along with the completion of stacking the rocket, NASA has also now confirmed a potential launch date for the uncrewed Artemis I mission.

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SpaceX Starship orbital test flight may happen in November

SpaceX Starship orbital test flight may happen in November

SpaceX is been working on various prototypes of its Starship spacecraft, and some have ended in spectacular failure. However, SpaceX has worked most of the bugs out of Starship and has announced that its first orbital test flight could happen in November. Word of the potential orbital test flight came from CEO Elon Musk.

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SpaceX reservation window closes for Space Adventures

SpaceX reservation window closes for Space Adventures

Multiple private space companies want to operate commercial businesses taking tourists into space. One of those companies is called Space Adventures, and it planned to launch a mission sometime between late-2021 and mid-2022. Space Adventures had a reservation with SpaceX using Crew Dragon for its tourist mission.

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Researchers create a wooden knife much sharper than steel

Researchers create a wooden knife much sharper than steel

Typically, when we see knives built for use in the kitchen, they're made out of metal or ceramic. Sometimes if you get food to go, you might get a knife that's made out of plastic. A group of researchers from the University of Maryland has created a knife using hardwood. The team says their hardwood knife is about three times sharper than a stainless steel dinner knife.

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Researchers believe dinosaurs traveled in herds much earlier than expected

Researchers believe dinosaurs traveled in herds much earlier than expected

Researchers from MIT, Argentina, and South Africa have published a paper looking into the heard activity of dinosaurs. The study found that dinosaurs did move in herds and that they moved in herds much earlier than previously believed. Researchers now believe dinosaurs lived in social herds as early as 193 million years ago.

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NASA comes one step closer to Artemis I launch

NASA comes one step closer to Artemis I launch

The most ambitious mission that NASA has undertaken in decades is Artemis I. NASA confirmed this week that the Orion capsule that one day all astronauts to the moon and perhaps beyond was lifted and placed atop its massive SLS rocket in preparation for launch. The capsule was lifted into the air to attach to the top of the rocket within the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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For the first time a modified pig kidney has been transplanted into a human

For the first time a modified pig kidney has been transplanted into a human

One of the biggest challenges facing people who have a disease severe enough to require an organ transplant is finding a donor organ. For the first time ever, surgeons have successfully transplanted a kidney from a pig into a human without immediate rejection by the immune system. This is hailed as a major advance with the potential to alleviate the shortage of available donor organs from humans for transplant.

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NASA puts out new spacecraft and space suit call for ISS and beyond

NASA puts out new spacecraft and space suit call for ISS and beyond

NASA is putting out a call for more astronaut shuttles, expanding the Commercial Crew program with additional missions beyond those already agreed with SpaceX and Boeing. The request for "safe, reliable, and cost-effective human space transportation services to and from the International Space Station" comes as the US space agency looks ahead to the future of the ISS and, beyond that, missions to the Moon and further afield.

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New smart bandage can detect biomarkers in chronic wounds

New smart bandage can detect biomarkers in chronic wounds

Researchers from the National University of Singapore Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute for Health Innovation & Technology have worked with partners from other organizations to develop a new smart wearable sensor. The wearable sensor can assess chronic wounds in real-time at the point of care wirelessly via an app. The wearable sensor is described as the world's first to detect temperature, pH, bacteria type, and inflammatory factors specific to chronic wounds.

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Missing-link crab discovered in amber has been preserved for 100 million years

Missing-link crab discovered in amber has been preserved for 100 million years

Researchers have studied a piece of amber that has a complete and well-preserved tiny crab captured inside. It's believed that the crab crawled out of the water and onto the land and became trapped in the amber about 100 million years ago. The discovery is the oldest known modern-looking crab in the fossil record.

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Researchers discover a planet losing its atmosphere after a massive impact

Researchers discover a planet losing its atmosphere after a massive impact

Astronomers have detected something for the first time that is believed to the common in young developing solar systems. A team led by researchers at MIT has discovered evidence of a massive planetary impact in a nearby star system known as HD 17255. In that star system, researchers believe a planet similar in size to the Earth and a smaller impactor body likely collided within the last 200,000 years.

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NASA Lucy spacecraft’s solar struggle continues: The good and bad news

NASA Lucy spacecraft’s solar struggle continues: The good and bad news

NASA's Lucy spacecraft may have launched successfully earlier this month, but the mission to scope out eight distant asteroids continues to be impacted by the probe's malfunctioning solar array. Lucy blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday, October 16, but it was when the spacecraft separated from the rocket that the issue arose.

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