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South Korea is exploring the moon, with more missions to come

South Korea is exploring the moon, with more missions to come

An undated photo provided by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute for final inspections at the Danuri facility in Daejeon, South Korea, prior to shipment to Florida. (Korea Space Research Institute via The New York Times) South Korea set off for the moon on Thursday. But she doesn’t want to stop there. “We are also studying …

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All NASA astronauts eligible for Artemis missions – SpaceNews

All NASA astronauts eligible for Artemis missions – SpaceNews

HOUSTON — As NASA prepares to select the crew for the second Artemis mission, the acting chief of astronauts says the entire crew of astronauts, not a previously announced subset, is eligible for that flight and future missions to the Moon. At an August 5 briefing at Johnson Space Center about the upcoming unmanned Artemis …

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The Perseverance rover on Mars films the debris of its landing

The Perseverance rover on Mars films the debris of its landing

On Mars, a unique kind of “weed” rolls across the plains of Mars. These weeds are not plants – they are bits of debris from the entry, descent and landing (EDL) devices of Perseverance roving NASA. Percy came across many of these remains, and photographed them so that engineers could study them. During Landing on …

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Top scientists admit that the image of the Webb telescope star was actually Chorizo

Top scientists admit that the image of the Webb telescope star was actually Chorizo

A prominent French physicist has apologized after admitting that the viral image of the “distant star” he shared on Twitter wasn’t actually captured by the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), but rather was just a slice of pork sausage. On July 31, Etienne Klein, Director of Research at the French Commission for Alternative …

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What a decade of curiosity has taught us about life on Mars

What a decade of curiosity has taught us about life on Mars

Selfie image of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on Vera Robin Ridge. AP Hide caption Caption switch AP Selfie image of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on Vera Robin Ridge. AP Ten years ago, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory celebrated the successful landing of its fourth robot on Mars, the Curiosity probe. Having become old enough …

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Earth days have mysteriously increased in length – scientists don’t know why

Earth days have mysteriously increased in length – scientists don’t know why

Accurate measurements show that the Earth’s rotation has mysteriously slowed since 2020, making the day longer. Careful astronomical observations, combined with atomic clocks, revealed that the length of the day is suddenly increasing. Scientists do not know why. This has crucial implications not only for our timekeeping, but also for things like GPS and other …

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