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China's Mars rover Zhurong sets completes primary mission, gets life extension
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August 20, 2021
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The Launchpad
NASA halts human moon lander work with SpaceX amid Blue Origin lawsuit
NASA must again stop work on its human moon lander partnership with SpaceX due to a lawsuit from Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, further risking the agency's tight timeline to return astronauts to the moon.
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China's Zhurong rover has completed its primary three-month-long expedition on Mars but is set to continue exploring the Red Planet.
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Spaceflight
Chinese astronauts complete second spacewalk at new space station
Two Chinese astronauts conducted their second spacewalk outside of the country's new space station on Friday (Aug. 20), installing a range of equipment including a backup air-conditioning unit.
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Billionaire Jared Isaacman is looking for a brewery to make beer with space-flown hops ... for a good cause
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Science & Astronomy
Sodium 'fizz' gives big asteroid Phaethon its weird comet-like appearance
As an asteroid, Phaethon is a ball composed mainly of rock, and it shouldn't have enough ice to form the glowing fuzzy coma and tail that adorn a comet.
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Even the biggest telescopes on Earth can't come close to resolving the nearest known Earth-like exoplanet to us, Proxima b. If we ever want to take pictures of a distant world like this, we need to think bigger.
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Technology
NASA awards $500,000 to develop moon-mining tech
NASA has awarded a total of $500,000 to 13 different teams via its Break the Ice Lunar Challenge, a competition designed to nurture the development of moon-mining technology.
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There's gold in them thar asteroids! Literally — asteroids have more than enough gold, plus other metals, to provide a few lifetimes' worth of fortunes. But there are plenty of other reasons asteroids are valuable.
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Skywatching
August full moon 2021: The 'Sturgeon Moon' swings by Jupiter this weekend
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The full moon of August arrives Sunday (Aug. 22), after it makes a close pass to Jupiter. It's also a Blue Moon!
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The northern lights, or the aurora borealis, are the beautiful dancing waves of light that have captivated people for millennia. Here's how to see them.
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