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These are the top space stories for the week!

NASA’s Mars helicopter faces its first weather delay, the sun releases a mid-level flare and Tonga’s volcanic eruption produces a stunning mushroom cloud that could be seen from space. These are some of the top stories this week from Tonga volcanic eruption’s mushroom cloud seen from space(Image credit: NOAA)Earth-observing satellites captured stunning footage of a…

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Space Force satellite launch could create a luminous cloud in tonight’s evening sky

Home News Skywatching If you are outside doing some stargazing in the Western Hemisphere this evening and are looking up at just the right time, you might catch sight of something that will appear quite strange: a small circular cloud of light that will rapidly expand to roughly the apparent size of a full moon,…

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Tom Cruise space movie producers sign deal with Axiom to build studio in orbit

The Axiom space station, with the circular SEE-1 module attached, is seen in an artist’s rendition.Axiom SpaceThe producers of Tom Cruise’s future space movie on Thursday announced plans to attach a studio to the International Space Station in development by Houston-based company Axiom.U.K.-based studio Space Entertainment Enterprise, co-founded by producers Elena and Dmitry Lesnevsky, contracted…

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James Webb Space Telescope marks deployment of all mirrors

Home News Spaceflight NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, seen here in an artist’s illustration, is wrapping up its month-long deployment process. (Image credit: NASA) NASA’s massive new observatory has notched another milestone.After nearly a full month in space, the James Webb Space Telescope, also known as JWST or Webb, is nearly at the end of…

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Big Questions about Space, Time, Neandertals, Psychedelics and Reality

What are space and time? Where do they come from? Physicists have treated them as fundamental properties of the universe, but scientists are finding intriguing evidence that they could just be expressions of something even more fundamental. Author Adam Becker, in our cover story takes us on a romp through this mind-bending research that could potentially…

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Axiom Space: Building the off-Earth economy

Home References Spaceflight Artist’s illustration of the space station that Houston-based company Axiom Space plans to build in Earth orbit. (Image credit: Axiom Space) Axiom Space wants to take the off-Earth economy to new heights.The Houston-based company, which was founded in 2016, aims to build and operate its own space station in low Earth orbit…

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New head of Indian space agency’s ‘biggest challenge’ will be human spaceflight

Home News Spaceflight India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle launches from Sriharikota. (Image credit: IANS/ISRO) The new head of the India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has an ambitious agenda to put human spaceflight back on track, according to media reports.Shri. Somanath assumed the helm of the agency on Friday (Jan. 14) as ISRO works to help…

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James Webb Space Telescope begins lining up its golden mirrors

Home News Science & Astronomy The James Webb Space Telescope’s 21.3-foot (6.5 meter) diameter primary mirror. (Image credit: NASA/Chris Gunn) Just weeks after the excitement of launch, the James Webb Space Telescope is already seeking focus in space.Engineers are beginning alignment procedures for the recently unfolded 18-segment massive golden mirror. The work will eventually get…

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NASA may need more astronauts for space station, moon missions, report says

Home News Spaceflight NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei seen during a spacewalk conducted in 2017. (Image credit: NASA) NASA may need more astronauts to meet its human spaceflight goals over the coming years, according to a new report from the agency’s investigative office.Currently, NASA only flies astronauts to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX’s Crew…

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Best space and astronomy books

Home References Entertainment (Image credit: Getty) We’ve searched the cosmos for the best space and astronomy books out there.“Watch the skies!” was a cautious warning announced at the end of the 1951 sci-fi classic, The Thing from Another World, and that’s probably great advice no matter what the reason. Not because we’re paranoid of squadrons…