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Comet ATLAS was a cosmic flop last year. Scientists finally know why.
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August 24, 2021
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The Comet ATLAS was a cosmic flop last year and scientists may finally know why
When scientists first spotted Comet ATLAS last year, they hoped it would be the brightest comet of the decade. Then, the icy hunk unexpectedly fell to pieces. Now they know why.
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Leslie Kean is a veteran investigative reporter who has spent over 20 years delving into the once-taboo topic of unidentified flying objects (UFOs). UFOs are now established as real, she says.
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Spaceflight
Astronaut says pinched nerve is why NASA called off space station spacewalk
NASA postponed a spacewalk this week after one of its astronauts suffered from a pinched nerve while working at the International Space Station.
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Virgin Orbit, part of Richard Branson's Virgin Group, announced on Monday (Aug. 23) that it plans to go public via a merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).
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Science & Astronomy
Fastest-orbiting asteroid in solar system discovered
The space rock, known as 2021 PH27, completes one lap around our star every 113 Earth days, its discoverers determined. It's the fastest one ever seen.
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Dr. David A. Boboltz joins us on the Space.com forums for an AMA this week! This is the community's latest chance to ask an astrophysics expert all of their most burning questions about the cosmos.
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If you want to come back from a trip through a wormhole, you'll need some weird gravity.
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SpaceX
Elon Musk says SpaceX could launch a Starship to the moon 'probably sooner' than 2024: report
Elon Musk says he may be able to launch the SpaceX's massive new Starship to the moon for NASA "probably sooner" than the space agency's 2024 target.
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Netflix's trailer for its upcoming documentary on SpaceX's private Inspiration4 spaceflight has landed.
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Skywatching
Rare Blue Moon, the last until 2023, wows stargazers (photos)
(Ivan Romano/Getty Images)
A rare seasonal "Blue Moon" wowed skywatchers Sunday (Aug. 22), marking the last time this type of moon will grace the sky until 2023.
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A Blue Moon is not typically blue, but it can be.
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