Space

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NASA has given SpaceX the go-ahead to launch its first full crew of four astronauts toward the International Space Station (ISS). If all goes according to plan, the company’s Falcon 9 rocket will roar off its historic launchpad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on Sunday night, careen through Earth’s atmosphere, and jettison a Crew Dragon
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Australia’s iconic 64-meter (210 ft) Parkes radio telescope has been given a new traditional name to recognize the Wiradjuri, who own the land on which the telescope sits. The Wiradjuri are some of Australia’s First People who have occupied the continent and its adjacent islands for over 65,000 years. The telescope received the name Murriyang, which represents
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There’s never been a radio silence quite like this one. After long months with no way of making contact with Voyager 2, NASA has finally reestablished communications with the record-setting interstellar spacecraft. The breakdown in communications – lasting since March, almost eight months and a whole pandemic ago – wasn’t due to some rogue malfunction,
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On Monday, the world celebrated 20 years of continuous human presence in space. Astronauts and cosmonauts have lived aboard the International Space Station without a break since 2 November 2000. Over those 7,300 days, the US$150 billion orbiting laboratory has hosted 241 people from 19 countries, and more than 3,000 scientific experiments have been conducted there. Still,
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NASA’s Juno spacecraft just captured images of colourful bursts of lightning-like electricity high in Jupiter’s atmosphere. These phenomena, which include jellyfish-shaped ‘sprites’ and glowing disks called ‘elves’, also occur high up in Earth’s atmosphere during thunderstorms. They were first documented in 1989. Scientists predicted that other planets that have lightning, like Jupiter, would also produce