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Spanish-owned communications satellite ready for weekend launch

Artist’s concept of the Amazonas Nexus satellite in orbit, with its antennas and solar arrays unfurled. Credit: Thales Alenia Space A nearly five-ton satellite for the Spanish company Hispasat is ready for liftoff from Cape Canaveral Sunday, weather permitting, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, beginning a mission to provide in-flight internet and other communications services over the Americas and ...

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20 years after Columbia disaster, lessons learned still in sharp focus at NASA

STORY WRITTEN FOR  & USED WITH PERMISSION The seven-person crew of the space shuttle Columbia in orbit during their 16-day science mission. From left to right (in red): Kalpana Chawla, Rick Husband, Laurel Clark; (in blue): David Brown, William McCool, and Michael Anderson. Credit: NASA Twenty years ago this Wednesday — on Feb. 1, 2003, at 8:48:39 a.m. EST — a ...

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Space station astronauts finish preps for next pair of new solar arrays

Astronaut Koichi Wakata, in foreground at right, works on the space station’s truss during a spacewalk Thursday. Astronaut Nicole Mann is visible in the background at left. Credit: NASA TV / Spaceflight Now Continuing work left over from a spacewalk last month, astronauts Nicole Mann and Koichi Wakata headed outside the International Space Station Thursday to finish installing a mounting ...

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Don’t Bother Trying to Destroy Rubble Pile Asteroids

The asteroids in our Solar System are survivors. They’ve withstood billions of years of collisions. The surviving asteroids are divided into two groups: monolithic asteroids, which are intact chunks of planetesimals, and rubble piles, which are made of up fragments of shattered primordial asteroids. It turns out there are far more rubble pile asteroids than we thought, and that raises ...

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Starlink satellites, Italian space tug launched by SpaceX rocket

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Vandenberg Space Force Base on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Credit: Brian Sandoval / Spaceflight Now SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket Tuesday from California’s Central Coast with 49 Starlink internet satellites and a rideshare space tug for the Italian company D-Orbit, itself carrying tech demo experiments and cremated human remains for customers in the ...

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SpaceX cargo capsule undocks from space station, heads for splashdown

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule after undocking from the International Space Station on Monday. Credit: NASA TV / Spaceflight Now A SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule departed the International Space Station Monday to close out a month-and-a-half of docked operations, heading to a predawn splashdown Wednesday off the coast of Florida with several tons of hardware and experiment specimens. The Dragon spacecraft ...

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Astronomers Find 25 Fast Radio Bursts That Repeat on a Regular Basis

Like Gravitational Waves (GWs) and Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs), Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are one of the most powerful and mysterious astronomical phenomena today. These transient events consist of bursts that put out more energy in a millisecond than the Sun does in three days. While most bursts last mere milliseconds, there have been rare cases where FRBs were found repeating. ...

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