SpaceX to Launch Next ISS Crew Rotation, Along with Electron’s Debris Removal Demonstration: Launch Roundup

SpaceX has set a new record by successfully launching and landing 10 rockets in January, despite weather delays. However, ongoing weather challenges and logistical issues may prevent the company from repeating this feat by the end of February. SpaceX has several upcoming missions planned, including delivering communication satellites, removing space debris, and supporting crew rotations to the International Space Station (ISS). The Falcon 9 rocket recently completed its 300th mission and achieved its 200th successful landing. SpaceX also came close to launching three

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The implications of a warming Arctic for the future

The Arctic region is experiencing a concerning increase in temperatures that surpasses global trends. This rapid warming has significant implications for global climate patterns, human populations, and wildlife. To address and understand these changes, the Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer mission (CIMR) has been developed. CIMR utilizes the largest radiometer developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) to provide high-resolution measurements of elements such as sea ice, the ocean, and snow and ice sheets. These measurements are crucial for

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What You Need to Know About the Uncommon Phenomenon of a Triple Active Galactic Nucleus

Astronomers are currently captivated by a rare cosmic collision between two colossal spiral galaxies, which is also involving two smaller galaxies. This celestial event is captured in a stunning composite image obtained from the European Space Agency’s Hubble Space Telescope, NASA’s Advanced Camera for Surveys, and the Dark Energy Camera on the Victor M. Blanco four-meter telescope in Chile. The main focus of the image is NGC 7734, a large spiral galaxy, which is accompanied by NGC 773

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Fluctuations in Air Pollution Levels Observed in the Po Valley

Fluctuations in air pollution levels have been observed in the Po Valley, a region in northern Italy known for its landscapes and agriculture. The valley’s unique geography and weather patterns contribute to fluctuating air quality, which has implications for human health and the environment. The Po Valley is densely populated and highly industrialized, leading to the release of large amounts of pollutants into the atmosphere. Its location, surrounded by the Alps and the Apennines, creates a natural basin that traps pollutants, particularly during certain

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Starship Flight 3 Prepared for Full Stacking in Wing Down Roll Testing

SpaceX is making significant progress in preparing for its third flight of Starship, with Booster 10 and Ship 28 fully stacked and ready for testing. The assembly of the vehicles was completed in just 56 hours, demonstrating the company’s commitment to increasing its flight cadence. Changes have been made to the bottom of the Liquid Oxygen (LOX) tank in response to a previous failure, including the addition of slosh baffles to prevent propellant from sloshing around. Wet Dress Re

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Newly Developed Antenna by NASA Enables Precise Tracking of Deep Space Laser

NASA has developed a new antenna that allows for precise tracking of deep space laser signals, marking a breakthrough in optical communication. The Deep Space Network (DSN) has successfully received both radio frequency and near-infrared laser signals from NASA’s Psyche spacecraft, demonstrating the feasibility of retrofitting the DSN’s antennas for optical communications. This advancement enables the transmission of more data and supports the growing demand on the network.

The Deep Space Station 13, a hybrid antenna located at the DSN’s Gold

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An Interview with Marcus Wandt on the Completion of the Muninn Mission

European Space Agency (ESA) project astronaut Marcus Wandt has completed his 20-day Muninn mission to the International Space Station. Upon his return, Marcus underwent medical checks and will participate in debriefings and scientific evaluations at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre and the German Aerospace Centre’s :envihab facility in Cologne, Germany. Marcus’s mission, part of the Axiom Mission 3 crew, began on January 18th and involved contributing to nearly 20 European experiments and conducting over

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2024 ESA Observes Women and Girls in Science Day

The European Space Agency (ESA) is celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science by featuring three young professionals working with them. In a series of videos to be released on ESA’s Instagram page, viewers can get a glimpse into the lives and projects of these inspiring women. Carla Tamai, a space exploration engineer, focuses on defining astronaut training for future lunar missions. Aurelie Hand, a materials engineer, ensures the resilience of materials used in space against extreme conditions. Alessia Garofalo

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Dream Chaser prepares for maiden flight as it undergoes rigorous NASA testing

Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser vehicle has successfully completed rigorous testing at NASA’s Neil Armstrong Test Facility, bringing it closer to its first launch scheduled for 2024. The testing, which took place in the facility’s vibration chamber, involved mating the vehicle with its cargo module, Shooting Star. The cargo module has the capacity to carry 4,000 kilograms of cargo internally and has three attachment points for additional cargo and experiments.

The configuration used in the testing will be the same for the vehicle’s

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ArianeGroup Makes Preparations to Transport Maiden Flight Rocket, Ariane 6, to Kourou

ArianeGroup, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and CNES, has provided an update on the progress of the Ariane 6 launcher. The CanopĂ©e ship will transport the rocket’s first and second stages from France and Germany to Kourou. The maiden flight is scheduled to take place between June 15 and July 31, 2024. The inaugural flight will include several small rideshare payloads, with additional details expected to be released in February, and

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