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Chinese astronauts return to Earth after 6 months helping build a new space station

BEIJING — Three Chinese astronauts landed in a northern desert on Sunday after six months working to complete construction of the Tiangong station, a symbol of the country's ambitious space program, state TV reported. A capsule carrying commander Chen Dong and astronauts Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe touched down...
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Watch space station’s new solar array unfurl in space

Two American astronauts successfully completed a spacewalk at the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, December 3. NASA’s Josh Cassada and Frank Rubio spent just over seven hours outside the orbital laboratory before concluding their spacewalk at 2:21 p.m. ET. This was only the second spacewalk for both astronauts, following the pair’s first one on November 15.
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3 Chinese astronauts return to Earth after 6-month mission

BEIJING — Three Chinese astronauts landed in a northern desert on Sunday after six months working to complete construction of the Tiangong station, a symbol of the country’s ambitious space program, state TV reported. A capsule carrying commander Chen Dong and astronauts Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe touched...
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The incredible true story of the time an astronaut played golf on the moon

Pictures of Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard playing golf on the moon have wowed viewers for decades, yet for almost half a century, nobody knew how far his famous second shot actually traveled. That was until British imaging specialist Andy Saunders restored the original flight footage.
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China’s Tiangong space station has a new three-person crew

A three-person crew recently began duties at China’s Tiangong space station, taking over from the current crew who have been there for six months and have since returned to Earth. The Shenzhou 14 crew landed in the Dongfeng area in the Gobi Desert on Saturday, December 4, leaving behind the Shenzhou 15 crew who will now operate the station.

This course takes college students out of this world – and teaches them what it takes to become space pioneers

Unusual Courses is an occasional series from The Conversation U.S. highlighting unconventional approaches to teaching. Title of course: “Space Exploration: Toward a Spacefaring Society” What prompted the idea for the course? The idea came from a desire to share my own space research with my students. About a decade ago, I decided to apply my knowledge as a political scientist to examine how people’s interest in space – and preferences for government funding of space exploration – were influenced by their religious belonging, beliefs and behaviors. I worked on this project on and off alongside my work on other topics but ultimately found...
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Centaur Volcanic Comet Erupts in Our Solar System: Astronomers

A volcanic comet flying through our solar system had a major eruption observed by astronomers, according to report on earlier this December. The frozen cosmic snowball known as the Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann consisting of dust, gas, and rocks reportedly emitted over 1 million tons of debris and potential building blocks of life into space.
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Noor Riyadh turns Saudi city into gallery without walls

Giving the green light: Saudi festival of light 'Noor Riyadh' turns city into gallery without walls. Last month, the sky and surroundings of Saudi capital Riyadh were lit up with a myriad of colours as part of light festival Noor Riyadh. The event exhibited a host of eminent international artists and was as forward-thinking as it looked.
Physics World

Meteorites have a seismic effect on Mars, revealing what lies below the surface

Two meteorite impacts on the Martian surface have given scientists a better understanding of the interior structure of the Red Planet. The impacts happened in 2021 and an international team of researchers has shown that surface seismic waves detected on Mars were caused by the impacts. A second, related study, examined the seismic waves in detail and concluded that the planet’s crust varies in density.

Newly Developed Cutting-Edge Walking Robot May Revolutionize Future Space Missions

Scientists have built a cutting-edge walking robot that might transform huge space-building projects. They assessed the robot's suitability for the in-space installation of a 25m Large Aperture Space Telescope. Their findings are published in Frontiers in Robotics and AI. A scaled-down version of the robot has shown potential for large-scale building applications on Earth.
Earth & Sky

Europa Clipper gets its wheels for space journey

NASA just took another big step forward in its Europa Clipper mission. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) reported on November 23, 2022, that engineers have installed four large reaction wheels in the spacecraft. These reaction wheels are crucial for keeping the spacecraft oriented properly while traveling in space. Europa Clipper is an exciting mission. It will study and assess the habitability of Jupiter’s moon Europa, the famous one with the subsurface ocean. Scientists say that Europa’s inner ocean is likely similar to Earth’s oceans and could be quite suitable for life of some kind.
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The Week in Launches: A New Crew Arrives at Chinese Space Station

China launched a new crew to its space station for the first handover of command during a week that saw four orbital launches worldwide. China launched commander Fei Junlong and crewmates Deng Qingming and Zhang Lu aboard the Shenzhou-15 spacecraft for a six-month mission on the space station on Tuesday. They are the fourth crew to occupy China’s first permanent space station.
SpaceRef

Communications For The Planet Mars: Past, Present, And Future

Space exploration has been on the rise since the 1960s. Along with the other planets such as Mercury, Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter, Mars certainly plays a significant role in the history of space exploration and has the potential to be the first extraterrestrial planet to host human life. In this...
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MIT’s tissue-box-sized satellite achieves fastest laser link from space yet

A small satellite developed by engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has set a new record for data transmission between a satellite and Earth. MIT’s TeraByte InfraRed Delivery (TBIRD) system has delivered terabytes of data from a satellite to Earth at record-breaking rates of up to 100 gigabits per second (100 Gbps) – a rate that will transform future science missions. This data transfer rate is more than 1,000 times higher than that of the radio-frequency links traditionally used for satellite communication and the highest ever achieved by a laser link from space to ground. These record-setting speeds were all made possible by a communications payload roughly the size of a tissue box.
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See Fascinating Space Artifacts & Be Amazed At This Space Center Houston Tour In Texas

As one of the top attractions in Texas for the curious, it’s no wonder everyone focused on space and the excitement of astrophysics can’t get enough of the Space Center Houston — the Official Visitor Center of the nonprofit NASA Johnson Space Center. Located in the greater Houston area, the venue can count itself among the top things to do in Houston for first-time visitors, seasoned returning tourists, and residents. It’s an all-around spectacular place that celebrates and showcases the amazing future and remarkable history of America’s human spaceflight program — not to mention it contains the largest collection of space artifacts in the entire southwestern United States.