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US astronaut moon landing 'not feasible,' by 2024, NASA's inspector general finds
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August 11, 2021
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US astronaut moon landing 'not feasible,' by 2024, NASA's inspector general finds
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Because of anticipated delays in spacesuit development, it is "not feasible" for NASA to land humans on the moon by the agency's hopeful deadline of 2024, a new report from the agency's Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found.
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India will send a new Earth observation satellite to space tonight (Aug. 11) to keep an eye on natural disasters, agriculture and forestry regions. The India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is scheduled to launch a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) carrying the the EOS-03 satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in eastern India, near the Bay of Bengal, at 8:13 p.m. EDT  (0013 GMT or 5:43 a.m. local time Friday, Aug. 12.) You can watch the launch live on Space.com.
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Spaceflight
Antares rocket launches heaviest Cygnus cargo ship ever to space station for NASA
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A Northrop Grumman-built Cygnus cargo ship blasted off from Virginia Tuesday night (Aug. 10), carrying vital supplies for astronauts on the International Space Station.
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Nora AlMatrooshi's first spaceflight equipment was made of paper and cardboard boxes, but she'll soon spend two years at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas training to use the real thing in orbit. In April, AlMatrooshi, a 28-year-old mechanical engineer, became one of two new astronauts for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the first female Arab astronaut. Her colleague, Mohammad AlMulla, 32 at the announcement, spent more than a decade as a helicopter pilot and teacher with Dubai's police force before deciding to apply to join the astronaut corps.
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Science & Astronomy
Watch auroras paint the sky above Earth in stunning astronaut photos and video
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It's aurora season on the International Space Station and astronauts living and working in orbit are sharing some of their finest views of the stunning phenomenon with those of us on the ground.
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SpaceX
This black-and-white photo of SpaceX's Starship looks like a famed vintage NYC construction shot
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SpaceX's next Starship prototype got the black-and-white treatment in a suave new photo shared by company founder Elon Musk. The picture apears to show the Starship SN20 ("Serial No. 20") prototype during fit checks on Friday (Aug. 4) with the first-stage Super Heavy rocket, when the stacked rocket briefly became the tallest one in the world.
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SpaceX remains the sole winner of NASA's Human Landing System (HLS) contract, despite ongoing protests from Blue Origin and Dynetics. Tuesday (Aug. 10), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released more information about the decision for NASA to stick with SpaceX as the only recipient of the HLS contract. With the contract, the winner will develop and build the moon lander that NASA will use to land astronauts on the moon as part of its Artemis Program.
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Skywatching
Don't miss the Perseid meteor shower's peak tonight!
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The stunning Perseid meteor shower will peak tonight (Aug. 11) in what could well be the most brilliant "shooting star" display of the year. The Perseids are often one of the strongest meteor showers, and this year, the display will be particularly easy to observe, as the moon is just a few days past its new phase, keeping tonight's sky quite dark.
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There are plenty of opportunities to see the Perseid meteor shower at its peak this week, even if you can't see any "shooting stars" in person.
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