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Atlas V rocket launches 2 communications satellites to orbit

Atlas V rocket launches 2 communications satellites to orbit

An Atlas V rocket lifted off Tuesday evening (Oct. 4) from Florida’s Space Coast, carrying two commercial communications satellites to orbit. The Atlas V, topped with the twin SES-20 and SES-21 spacecraft, launched Tuesday at 5:36 p.m. EDT (2136 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The 196-foot-tall (60 meters) rocket hit all of its …

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After Hurricane Ian delays, Florida to see 3 launches in 3 days

After Hurricane Ian delays, Florida to see 3 launches in 3 days

These five rocket launches were some of the most important in space exploration history. Florida’s spaceport will have a busy week after Hurricane Ian jammed up launches for a few days until the weather cleared. Ahead of Ian’s landfall in Southwest Florida, NASA’s Artemis-1 rocket, the Space Launch System, was forced to roll back into …

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Water Drop

Scientists Uncover the “Chemistry Behind the Origin of Life”

Chemists discover a mechanism for peptide-forming reactions to occur in water, which leads to proteins and so to life on Earth. It could also lead to the faster development of drugs to treat humanity’s most debilitating diseases. Water Droplets Hold the Secret Ingredient for Building Life Chemists uncover key to early Earth chemistry, which could …

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An illustration of the Mars Orbiter Mission in orbit around Mars.

India loses contact with Mars orbiter: reports

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) may have finally reached the end of its operations after eight years spent orbiting the Red Planet. Ground stations operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have lost communication with the spacecraft. The precise cause isn’t yet clear; the orbiter may have run out of propellant, MOM’s battery may …

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Hubble Space Telescope Over Earth

NASA and SpaceX Investigating Hubble Telescope Orbital Reboost To Add Years to Its Operational Life

3D animation showing the Hubble Space Telescope over the Earth. Credit: ESA/Hubble (M. Kornmesser & L. L. Christensen) On Thursday, September 22, NASA and SpaceX signed an unfunded Space Act Agreement to study the feasibility of a SpaceX and Polaris Program idea to boost the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope into a higher orbit with the …

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Hubble Space Telescope Detects Protective Shield Defending a Pair of Dwarf Galaxies

Hubble Space Telescope Detects Protective Shield Defending a Pair of Dwarf Galaxies

Scientists have used spectroscopic observations of ultraviolet light from quasars to detect and map the Magellanic Corona, a diffuse halo of hot, supercharged gas surrounding the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds. Shown in purple, the corona stretches more than 100,000 light-years from the main mass of stars, gas, and dust that make up the Magellanic …

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Florida’s Space Coast on track after Ian, set for 3 launches in 3 days

Florida’s Space Coast on track after Ian, set for 3 launches in 3 days

Enlarge / United Launch Alliance moves its Atlas V booster into the Vertical Integration Facility adjacent to Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Monday, August 26. United Launch Alliance Hurricane Ian cut a devastating swath across Florida this week, and its core passed directly over Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral …

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Behold! Our closest view of Jupiter's ocean moon Europa in 22 years

Behold! Our closest view of Jupiter’s ocean moon Europa in 22 years

NASA’s Jupiter-gazing spacecraft just got a rare closeup of an icy world. The Juno probe made the closest pass in 22 years of Jupiter‘s icy moon Europa on Thursday (Sept. 29), providing the best view of the ocean world since the NASA’s Galileo spacecraft flew by it 2000. Skimming just 219 miles (352 kilometers) above …

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NASA spacecraft captures image of ocean world orbiting Jupiter during flyby

NASA spacecraft captures image of ocean world orbiting Jupiter during flyby

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN  —  A NASA spacecraft flew by one of the most intriguing ocean worlds in our solar system on Thursday. The Juno spacecraft, which has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016, made its closest approach yet …

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