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Skywatchers see SpaceX's Dragon cargo craft streak across the night sky as it returned to Earth -
The cargo ship made a sonic boom over Florida and Georgia as it glided toward the Atlantic Ocean.

Mercury mission to fly by closest planet to the sun for the first time - CNN
The BepiColombo space mission will make its first flyby of Mercury around 7:34 p.m. ET on Friday and pass within 124 miles (200 kilometers) of the planet's surface. During the flyby, BepiColombo will collect science data and images and send them back to Earth.

NASA won't rename James Webb telescope — and astronomers are angry -
The agency found no evidence that the flagship observatory’s namesake was involved in anti-LGBT+ activities, but some say that Webb bears responsibility.

Unprecedented view of a single catalyst nanoparticle at work -
A DESY-led research team has been using high-intensity X-rays to observe a single catalyst nanoparticle at work. The experiment has revealed for the first time how the chemical composition of the surface of an individual nanoparticle changes under reaction co…

'Mini psyches' give insights into mysterious metal-rich near-Earth asteroids -
Metal-rich near-Earth asteroids, or NEAs, are rare, but their presence provides the intriguing possibility that iron, nickel and cobalt could someday be mined for use on Earth or in Space.

After 3.5 million-year hiatus, the largest comet ever discovered is headed our way -
The gargantuan Bernardinelli-Bernstein comet will strafe Saturn's orbit in 2031. Scientists are stoked.

This Parasite Turns Plants Into Zombies - The New York Times
It’s a never-ending cycle of “Night of the Living Dead-meets-Dracula” in the world of green and leafy things.

The Marvelous Physics of Swarming Midges - The New York Times
There’s more in that cloud of bugs than meets the eye.

Earth Is Dimming – It’s Due to Climate Change - SciTechDaily
Warming oceans cause fewer bright clouds to reflect sunlight into space, admitting even more energy into earth's climate system. Warming ocean waters have caused a drop in the brightness of the Earth, according to a new study. Researchers used decades of meas…

Researchers suggest a way to achieve net-zero emission plastics -
A team of researchers with members affiliated with institutions in Germany, Switzerland and the U.S. has created a model that they claim could be used to achieve net-zero-emission plastics by 2050. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group ou…

Landsat: 5 decades of imagery and data - EarthSky
The Landsat program, the longest space-based record of Earth’s surface, helps policy makers make decisions about our resources and environment.

Largest Underwater Eruption Makes New Volcano Bigger Than Empire State Building - Newsweek
The seismic event that triggered the new seafloor volcano in the Indian Ocean generated over 11,000 detectable earthquakes since May 2018.

New Satellite Photo of Tiny Perseverance on Mars Will Give You All The Feelings - ScienceAlert
Occasionally, as various orbiters make their rounds of Mars, they spot their ground-based friends far below.

NASA's Lucy mission to Jupiter's Trojan asteroids: Everything you need to know - CNET
The first ever spacecraft to visit the Trojans will launch this month and could reveal secrets of the early solar system.

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