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Astronaut catches ‘space angel’ photo from while orbiting Earth

The photos are out of this world. A leading astronaut aboard the International Space Station captured some chilling images outside of Earth’s orbit that resemble an angelic figure. Samantha Cristoforetti — who is ready to become ISS commander Wednesday — snapped the literally stellar pictures of the inbound passenger shuttle Russian Soyuz MS-22 on September …

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Meteorite that fell on a Cotswolds driveway contains extra-terrestrial water

Extra-terrestrial water has been found in a British meteorite for the first time – and it closely resembles Earth’s oceans, scientists have confirmed. The Winchcombe meteorite landed on a driveway in Gloucestershire in February last year, and was found so soon after impact that researchers believe it is one of the most pristine ever discovered. …

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The Webb Space Telescope Snaps Its First Photo of an Exoplanet

The JWST’s size and sensitivity enabled it to collect more light from this planet than any previous observatory has obtained. (Its photo looks grainier than SPHERE’s only because the JWST observes longer, infrared wavelengths.) This allowed Hinkley, Biller and their team to refine the estimate of the planet’s mass, which they peg at about seven …

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Voyager 1 and 2, Humanity’s Interstellar Envoys, Soldier On at 45

Today is the 45th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 1, one of humanity’s iconic twin emissaries to the cosmos. (Its sibling, Voyager 2, launched a couple of weeks earlier.) Now in the dark, far reaches of interstellar space—more than 10 billion miles from home, where our sun looks like any other bright star—the pair …

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Voyager 1 and 2, Humanity’s Interstellar Envoys, Soldier On at 45

Today is the 45th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 1, one of humanity’s iconic twin emissaries to the cosmos. (Its sibling, Voyager 2, launched a couple of weeks earlier.) Now in the dark, far reaches of interstellar space—more than 10 billion miles from home, where our sun looks like any other bright star—the pair …

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SpaceX prepares for Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral

SpaceX successfully completed a Falcon 9 launch of Starlink satellites along with an orbital transfer vehicle Sunday night. The instantaneous launch window was set for 10:09 pm Sunday. Spaceflight’s Sherpa-LTC and a total of 51 Starlink satellites launched to low-Earth orbit, according to SpaceX. The launch lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 located at …

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New photos reveal Phantom Galaxy in dazzling new light

Details of this space spiral are far out! Dazzling new images of the far-away Phantom Galaxy reveal a psychedelic-style swirl of stars and light in “crystal clear” detail, according to the European Space Agency. The cosmically cool photos captured by the Hubble and Webb Telescopes show the heart of the galaxy from 32 million light-years …

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Newly discovered ‘super-Earth’ exoplanet could be ‘water world’

Astronomers have discovered a new exoplanet orbiting a distant star that might constitute a “super-Earth” completely covered in water. The planet, dubbed TOI-1452 b, is about 70% larger than Earth and is orbiting a red dwarf star some 100 light-years away in the constellation Draco, according to NASA. While the planet may be nearly double …

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Newly discovered ‘super-Earth’ exoplanet could be ‘water world’

Astronomers have discovered a new exoplanet orbiting a distant star that might constitute a “super-Earth” completely covered in water. The planet, dubbed TOI-1452 b, is about 70% larger than Earth and is orbiting a red dwarf star some 100 light-years away in the constellation Draco, according to NASA. While the planet may be nearly double …

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