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NASA getting SLS megarockets ready for crewed moon missions - Space.com
The huge rocket is scheduled to carry people for the first time in 2024.
https://www.space.com/nasa-building-sls-...


James Webb Space Telescope begins lining up its golden mirrors - Space.com
The procedure will take about three months all told.
https://www.space.com/james-webb-space-t...


A 3,400-foot-wide asteroid will make a safe flyby of Earth next week - Space.com
The space rock will pass by more than a million miles from our planet on Jan. 18.
https://www.space.com/mile-wide-asteroid...


Huge Mars Dust Storm Sends NASA's InSight Lander Into Safe Mode - SciTechDaily
The lander has taken measures to conserve energy; engineers aim to return to normal operations next week. NASA’s InSight lander is stable and sending health data from Mars to Earth after going into safe mode Friday, January 7, following a large, regional dust…
https://scitechdaily.com/huge-mars-dust-...


Cosmic 'spider' found to be source of powerful gamma-rays - Phys.org
Using the 4.1-meter SOAR Telescope in Chile, astronomers have discovered the first example of a binary system where a star in the process of becoming a white dwarf is orbiting a neutron star that has just finished turning into a rapidly spinning pulsar. The p…
https://www.cprtestcenter.com/states/cla...


China Building "Artificial Moon" Facility That Simulates Low Gravity With Magnets - Futurism
Researchers in China are developing an "artificial Moon: facility that can simulate the gravity of the lunar surface with the help of magnets.
https://futurism.com/the-byte/china-arti...


NASA may need more astronauts for space station, moon missions, report says - Space.com
The astronaut corps is at its smallest since the 1970s.
https://www.space.com/nasa-astronaut-cor...


Photo Shows Asteroid That Narrowly Missed Earth Traveling at 18,000 MPH - Newsweek
The asteroid, called 2022 AC4, passed within a quarter of the distance to the moon as it sped by our planet.
https://www.newsweek.com/photo-asteroid-...


Star formation near the Sun is driven by expansion of the Local Bubble - Nature.com
Three-dimensional analysis of the solar neighbourhood shows that nearly all star-forming regions near the Sun lie on the surface of the Local Bubble, which was inflated by supernovae about 14 million years ago.
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-0...


International collaboration offers new evidence of a gravitational wave background - Phys.org
The results of a comprehensive search for a background of ultra-low frequency gravitational waves has been announced by an international team of astronomers including scientists from the Institute for Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the University of Birmingh…
https://phys.org/news/2022-01-internatio...


Why have we seen less lightning in lockdown? - National Post
Worldwide lockdowns have resulted in a reduction of atmospheric aerosols, leading to a reduction in lightning activity
https://nationalpost.com/news/world/why-...


How the James Webb Space Telescope will create images of the ancient universe - Inverse
JWST will capture the cosmos in infrared light, producing breathtaking images of distant stars and galaxies.
https://www.inverse.com/science/how-is-a...


Earliest human remains in eastern Africa dated to more than 230,000 years ago - Phys.org
The age of the oldest fossils in eastern Africa widely recognized as representing our species, Homo sapiens, has long been uncertain. Now, dating of a massive volcanic eruption in Ethiopia reveals they are much older than previously thought.
https://www.cprtestcenter.com/states/MI/...


Study challenges evolutionary theory that DNA mutations are random - Phys.org
A simple roadside weed may hold the key to understanding and predicting DNA mutation, according to new research from University of California, Davis, and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Germany.
https://www.cprtestcenter.com/states/IN/...


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