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Boeing saved its new Starliner spaceship from disaster. Here's how the mission unfolded and what it could mean for NASA astronauts. - Business Insider
Boeing's first CST-100 Starliner mission safely landed on December 22. But a critical error cut short its mission and put the vehicle in danger.

Stunning panorama of Mars reveals the final resting place of NASA's Opportunity rover - Daily Mail
The panorama is a series of 354 individual pictures snapped by NASA's Opportunity rover over a 29-day period before it shutdown completely and declared 'dead' by the American space agency.

Astrophysicists Developed a New Theory to Explain ‘Dark Energy’ - SciTechDaily
The fact that our Universe is expanding was discovered almost a hundred years ago, but how exactly this happens, scientists realized only in the 90s of the last century, when powerful telescopes (including orbital ones) appeared and the era of exact cosmo. In…

Scientists have determined this is the coolest Lego in the world - New York Post
One chill AF figurine became the world’s first Lego cryonaut.

Planet Formation Theory Questioned After Discovery of Massive Gas Disk Surrounding Young Star - SciTechDaily
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) found a young star surrounded by an astonishing mass of gas. The star, called 49 Ceti, is 40 million years old and conventional theories of planet formation predict that the gas should …

Christmas Eve at the Moon: Apollo 8's Historic Message Beamed to Earth Today in 1968 -
The Apollo 8 astronauts were the first people ever to orbit a world beyond Earth.

SpaceX reaches parachute testing milestone - SpaceNews
SpaceX said Dec. 23 that it completed the tenth successful consecutive test of the new parachute design for its Crew Dragon spacecraft, a key milestone.

Astronomers Identify 100 Stars That Went Missing Over Time, for Unknown Reasons - ExtremeTech
Could it be aliens? Probably not, but it's still fun to think about.

Is space on FIRE? NASA's Spitzer Telescope captures a massive collection of glowing gas and dust - Daily Mail
NASA's Spitzer Telescope captured an image the Perseus Molecular Cloud, located on the edge of the Perseus Constellation, which looks like flames ripping through the black void of space.

Lasers learn to accurately spot space junk -
Chinese researchers have improved the accuracy in detecting space junk in earth's orbit, providing a more effective way to plot safe routes for spacecraft maneuvers.

Asteroid fears: NASA tracking 63,000mph Earth-bound space rock – impact ‘very possible’ -
NASA is keeping a close eye on an asteroid hurtling through space at more than 63,000mph, and the possibility of an Earth impact is “very possible,' according to claims.

Synthetic magnetism leads photons on a 2-D quantum walk -
Randomness governs many things, from the growth of cell colonies and the agglomeration of polymers to the shapes of tendrils that form when you pour cream into a cup of coffee.

Don’t panic! Betelgeuse is (almost certainly) not about to explode - SYFY WIRE
Let's get this out of our systems right away: Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse! [Looks around] Hmmmm, nothing. Maybe I'm spelling it wrong? Nope. In this case I'm talking about the star, bright and red, that marks Orion's right shoulder (his right, but we s…

Scientists create a 'crystal within a crystal' for new electronic devices -
Liquid crystals have enabled new technologies, like LCD screens, through their ability to reflect certain color wavelengths.

Widening metal tolerance for hydrogels -
Researchers seeking to develop self-healing hydrogels have long sought to mimic the natural ability of mussels to generate strong, flexible threads underwater that allow the mussels to stick to rocks.

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