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The Launchpad
Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza just flew (safely) by Earth
(Aleksandra Sova/Shutterstock)
An asteroid about as long as the Great Pyramid of Giza is tall made a "close" approach with Earth on Sunday (July 25), according to NASA calculations.
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NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity has flown its first mile on the Red Planet. The small chopper surpassed the 1-mile (1.6 km) mark of its total flight distance on Saturday (July 24) when soared over a rocky region called "Raised Ridges" at its Jezero Crater home. The sortie was the 10th and highest trip yet for Ingenuity, which arrived on Mars with NASA's Perseverance rover in February.
Full Story: Space (7/25) 
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Spaceflight
Russia discards Pirs docking port to clear way for new space station module
For nearly 20 years, Russia's Pirs docking compartment served as one of the primary ports for vehicles arriving and departing from the International Space Station. On Monday (July 26), though, it was the module's turn to go to make way for a long-awaited, incoming upgrade.
Full Story: Space (7/26) 
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Now that Jeff Bezos has reached the edge of space, does that mean the world's richest man is an astronaut? The claim, made by the spaceflight company belonging to the former CEO of Amazon, has been met with skepticism by some experts.
Full Story: Space (7/25) 
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Science & Astronomy
Is there really a 'crisis' in cosmology?
(Pixabay)
You may have heard about the "cosmology crisis:" Different methods of measuring the age of the universe are giving different results, and cosmologists have no idea why.
Full Story: Space (7/26) 
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A crumbling hunk of rock found in a field in England is a rare meteorite from the earliest days of the solar system, dating back about 4.6 billion years.
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NASA's Juno spacecraft is "listening" in on radio emissions from Jupiter's volcanic moon Io, allowing researchers to discover what triggers the strange radio waves.
Full Story: Space (7/23) 
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Quakes on Mars have unveiled its interior to an unprecedented degree, revealing surprising details about the Red Planet's crust, mantle and core. Measurements taken by NASA's InSight lander have uncovered details, including a crustal layer that varies dramatically from previous understanding, a mantle less dense than the surface and a core that is larger and less dense than previously estimated, new results reveal.
Full Story: Space (7/23) 
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SpaceX
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch NASA's Europa Clipper mission to icy Jupiter moon
(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NASA's highly anticipated mission to Jupiter's ocean moon Europa now has a rocket ride. The $4.25 billion Europa Clipper spacecraft will launch atop a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, NASA officials announced Friday (July 23). The total value of the contract is about $178 million.
Full Story: Space (7/23) 
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Technology
Airborne fire sensor project plans a trial for possible space mission
(Carl Pennypacker)
As wildfires currently devastate western North America, a new airborne project team hopes to develop a space solution to stop conflagrations before they get out of control.
Full Story: Space (7/24) 
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NASA has released striking satellite images of wildfire smoke clouds covering vast swaths of the U.S., from the West Coast all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
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Skywatching
Skywatcher spots Russia's Nauka science module headed to space station (photo)
(Martin Lewis)
A British astrophotographer captured a stunning view of Russia's largest addition to the International Space Station yet, the Nauka science module, just hours after its launch into orbit on Wednesday (July 21).
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Have you looked up this week to see a bright red moon or sun? Wildfires in the western U.S. are impacting the sky's colors thousands of miles away.
Full Story: Space (7/22) 
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Star Trek
Watch the first trailer for 'Star Trek: Prodigy,' an animated Trek series for kids
(Paramount+)
The very first trailer for the new animated series "Star Trek: Prodigy" for Paramount+ and Nickelodeon has arrived.
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The latest, and probably the last, trailer for the second season of "Star Trek: Lower Decks" has warped online and it's a feast of rich "Star Trek" references, so there's a lot to unpack in this full-on fusillade of new footage.
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The first four "Star Trek" movies are getting an ultra-high-definition makeover to be released in 4K as a box set in September, just in time for Star Trek day on Sept. 8, and are available for pre-orders now.
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A report from Deadline states the as-yet untitled "Star Trek" movie slated to be released in 2023 will be directed by Matt Shakman.
Full Story: Space (7/23) 
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