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SpaceX Just Launched a New Fleet of Its Controversial Starlink Satellites - ScienceAlert
SpaceX on Monday launched its third batch of 60 mini-satellites into orbit, part of its plans to build a giant constellation of thousands of spacecraft that will form a global broadband internet system.

Astronomers race to study mysterious fast radio burst detected in a nearby galaxy - Salon
The bizarre phenomenon of fast radio bursts could originate in supernovae, magnetars, or even alien civilizations

NASA, Boeing probe software glitch that stopped astronaut capsule from reaching space station - Reuters
NASA is opening an independent investigation with Boeing over a software glitch that prevented its unmanned astronaut capsule from reaching the International Space Station in December, the agency said on Tuesday.

Boeing and NASA are forming an investigation team to figure out cause of spacecraft mishap - The Verge
Boeing and NASA are forming a joint “independent investigation team” to figure out why the company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft suffered a mishap during its first uncrewed launch to space at the end of December 2019. The investigation should last about two …

Evolution on the vine: A history of tomato domestication in Latin America -
The common cultivated tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L. var. lycopersicum; or (SLL)) is among the world's most widely grown vegetable crops, from big agricultural farms to heirloom grown varieties.

Astronomers discover giant wave-shaped structure in the Milky Way - CNN
Our solar system resides in one of the Milky Way galaxy's spiral arms, and for the first time, astronomers have realized we're close to a giant wave-shaped gaseous structure that connects star nurseries.

Closest-ever fast radio burst makes some ideas on their origin less likely - Ars Technica
Even as we find more bursts, the mysterious high-energy events still defy an explanation.

Hubble peeks at 'Godzilla galaxy' - CNN
In April, the Hubble Space Telescope will celebrate 30 years of exploring the space around us and sharing new discoveries, along with awe-inspiring views. And its latest subject is a galaxy thought to be the largest in the local universe: the so-called "Godzi…

Geographers find tipping point in deforestation -
University of Cincinnati geography researchers have identified a tipping point for deforestation that leads to rapid forest loss.

Earth-Size Habitable-Zone World Found by NASA Planet Hunter [Video] - SciTechDaily
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered its first Earth-size planet in its star's habitable zone, the range of distances where conditions may be just right to allow the presence of liquid water on the surface. Scientists confirmed t…

NASA may ask lunar lander aspirants to put more skin in the game - Ars Technica
"The $600 million wasn’t everything we requested."

Congress Renames New Telescope After Vera Rubin, a Dark Matter Pioneer Snubbed by the Nobels - Gizmodo
Congress voted last month to rename the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope as the NSF Vera C. Rubin Observatory, commemorating an astronomer credited with advancing humanity’s understanding of dark matter.

A NASA astronaut shared a stunning image of a meteor shower and the northern lights from space - Business Insider
Christina Koch said the meteor shower was the first of the decade, and they were lucky enough to catch them at the same time as the northern lights.

This Friday, Don't Miss the Full Wolf Moon Eclipse - Interesting Engineering
It is also called the Wolf Moon after the hungry wolf packs that used to howl at it in ancient times.

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