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Photos taken after Russian rocket failure prove that human spaceflight is never routine

I never want to understand the kind of fear that the families of NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin experienced in the wee hours of Thursday morning.  Both crewmembers were aboard a Russian-made Soyuz rocket bound for a six-month stay on the International Space Station when their rocket malfunctioned, forcing an abort...CONTINUE READING
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Astronauts forced to escape malfunctioning Soyuz rocket

Astronauts Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin have been forced to return to Earth in “ballistic descent mode” after their Soyuz rocket’s booster malfunctioned shortly after launch, NASA announced Thursday. “The Soyuz capsule is returning to Earth via a ballistic descent, which is a sharper angle of landing compared to normal,” the agency tweeted. “Search and...CONTINUE READING
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Bees got weird during 2017’s total solar eclipse in the U.S.

The end of summer isn’t the only thing that can cause bees to go silent.  On August 21, 2017, while an estimated 215 million Americans stopped to admire the nation’s first total solar eclipse in more than 40 years, bees stopped too.  With the help of bee watchers in Oregon, Missouri, and Idaho, a team...CONTINUE READING
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SpaceX’s latest rocket launch dazzles in California’s night sky

Watching a rocket blast into space is always quite the sight, but it was particularly mesmerising for people living on California’s coast on Sunday. SpaceX launched (and landed!) its Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, which sits just north of Los Angeles. SEE ALSO: SpaceX lands its first rocket on West Coast ground The...CONTINUE READING
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SpaceX lands its first rocket on West Coast ground

SpaceX has just successfully landed its first rocket on the U.S. West Coast. After launching a satellite from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday evening with the Falcon 9 rocket, the spaceflight company brought its first stage booster back to Earth just under eight minutes after liftoff. SEE ALSO: Newly-discovered world on the edge...CONTINUE READING
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Humans have been tossing junk into space for years. This net could help clean it up.

Space junk is increasingly becoming a big problem for the future of spaceflight, but RemoveDEBRIS is trying to come up with a solution. During a cleanup test that took place in September, the project, led by the University of Surrey, successfully deployed a net which captured a piece of debris that was orbiting around Earth....CONTINUE READING
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Scientists think they’ve found a moon orbiting a world outside the solar system

For the first time, astronomers think they’ve found solid evidence of a moon orbiting a planet outside of our solar system.  And it’s a doozy.  The exoplanet, named Kepler-1625b, is 8,000 light-years away and thought to be many times more massive than Jupiter, much larger than any world in our own solar system. The moon...CONTINUE READING
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Newly-discovered world on the edge of the solar system could lead us to Planet X

A newfound object nicknamed “The Goblin” lurking in the far reaches of our solar system could be yet another clue that points us toward the discovery of the theoretical Planet X, or Planet 9 — a large world thought to exist well beyond Pluto’s orbit.  A new study, submitted to the Astronomical Journal, details the...CONTINUE READING
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