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SpaceX rocket launching from Cape Canaveral today

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX crews are planning on launching their Falcon 9 rocket into orbit on Thursday afternoon. The launch is part of the GPS III Space Vehicle 05 mission. A 15-minute launch window begins at 12:09 p.m. If conditions are not ideal, the launch will be scrubbed and rescheduled for 12:05 p.m. on Friday. The rocket’s first stage booster had supported the launch of GPS III Space Vehicle 04. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship, which will be located in the Atlantic Ocean. A live view...

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‘Ring of fire’ lights up the sky for some in Northern Hemisphere

CNN — A “ring of fire” solar eclipse appeared in the sky for some people in the Northern Hemisphere on Thursday as the moon partially blocked out the sun. A solar eclipse happens when the moon crosses between the sun and the Earth, which blocks a portion of the sun’s rays, according to NASA. This eclipse is an annular eclipse, meaning the moon is far enough away from the Earth that it appears smaller than the sun. The name “annular” comes from the Latin word “annulus,” which means ring-shaped, according to Farmers’ Almanac. When the moon...

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Jeff Bezos to go to space on first crewed flight of Blue Origin rocket

Jeff Bezos will be going to space on the first crewed flight of the New Shepard, the rocket ship made by his space company, Blue Origin. The flight is scheduled for July 20, just 15 days after he’s set to resign as CEO of Amazon, reported CNN. Bezos’ younger brother, Mark, will also be on the flight. “Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” Bezos, 57, said in a Monday morning Instagram post. “On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.” If all goes according to plan,...

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New NASA photo shows our galaxy’s ‘violent energy’

   (CNN) — NASA has released an image detailing the never-before-seen “violent energy” at the center of our galaxy, created after two decades of research. The stunning panorama was compiled using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa. Images also documented an X-ray thread known as G0.17-0.41 that researchers say suggests a mechanism that could control the energy flow, and even the evolution of the Milky Way. “The galaxy is like an ecosystem,” University of Massachusetts Amherst...

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Solar orbiter mission captures sun blasts that could disrupt technology on Earth

CNN — An accident turned out to be helpful when the Solar Orbiter mission caught a glimpse of some eruptions coming from the sun. The eruptions, called coronal mass ejections, blast out solar particles across the solar system and have the potential to disrupt technology if they reach Earth. A flyby brought the spacecraft within 46.5 million miles of the sun — that’s half the distance between the massive star and Earth. Instruments picked up on the eruptions on Feb. 10. It was the first time the orbiter witnessed the eruptions. The mission, which launched in February 2020,...

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Space Force commander fired after criticizing the United States military

WASHINGTON / CNN — A Space Force lieutenant colonel has been removed from his command after criticizing the United States military on a conservative podcast. Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier joined The Steve Gruber show to discuss his new book, “Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military,” which alleges that Marxist ideologies are becoming widespread within the armed forces. He explained his theory in the podcast. “Since taking command as a commander about 10 months ago, I saw what I consider fundamentally incompatible...

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China says most rocket debris burned up during reentry

BEIJING (AP) — China’s space agency said a core segment of its biggest rocket reentered Earth’s atmosphere above the Maldives in the Indian Ocean and that most of it burned up early Sunday. Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, who tracked the tumbling rocket part, said on Twitter, “An ocean reentry was always statistically the most likely. It appears China won its gamble… But it was still reckless.” People in Jordan, Oman and Saudi Arabia reported sightings of the Chinese rocket debris on social media, with scores of users posting footage of the debris piercing the early dawn skies over...

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Chinese rocket expected to crash on Earth this weekend

A large Chinese rocket that is out of control is set to reenter Earth’s atmosphere this weekend, bringing a final wave of concern before its debris makes impact somewhere on Earth. The Long March 5B rocket, which is around 100 feet tall and weighs 22 tons, is expected to enter Earth’s atmosphere “around May 8,” according to a statement from Defense Department spokesperson Mike Howard, who said the US Space Command is tracking the rocket’s trajectory. The rocket’s “exact entry point into the Earth’s atmosphere” can’t be pinpointed until...

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SpaceX lands Mars rocket prototype for the first time

     (CNN) — SpaceX just launched another test flight of an early Mars rocket prototype at its South Texas facility, sending the towering silver vehicle soaring up to about six miles above Earth, then putting it through a series of aerial acrobatics before re-lighting two of its engines and landing it upright back on a landing pad. The vehicle, called SN15, was the fifth of SpaceX’s rocket prototypes to attempt such a landing and the first to do so successfully. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed the successful landing on Twitter: It comes after four previous...

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This wine spent a year in space. Now it’s being sold for $1 million

LONDON [AP] – A bottle of wine spent a year up in space. Now, it’s on sale for an unearthly price. Christie’s said Tuesday it is selling a bottle of French wine that spent more than a year in orbit aboard the International Space Station. A wine connoisseur might pay as much as $1 million to own it, the auction house said. The Pétrus 2000 is one of 12 bottles sent into space in November 2019 by researchers exploring the potential for extraterrestrial agriculture. It returned 14 months later subtly altered, according to wine experts who sampled it at a tasting in France. International...

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