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NASA Scrubs Artemis I Again, Says Rocket May Not Launch Until Later This Year


On Saturday morning, NASA scrubbed its second attempt to launch the Artemis I mission into lunar orbit. This time, the culprit was a liquid hydrogen leak that showed up while the team was loading the rocket's core stage. During a press conference later in the day, Jim Free, an associate administrator at NASA Headquarters, said we shouldn't expect to see a third attempt within this launch period, which culminates Tuesday.
 

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Scientists Found Genetic Mutations in Every Astronaut Blood Sample They Studied


When they examined decades-old blood samples from 14 NASA astronauts who flew Space Shuttle missions between 1998 and 2001, researchers found that samples from all 14 astronauts showed mutations in their DNA.

While these mutations are likely low enough not to represent a serious threat to the astronauts' long term health, the research underlines the importance of regular health screenings for astronauts, especially as they embark on longer missions to the Moon and beyond in coming years.
 

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Scientists fire up the most powerful laser in the US


The US is all set to kick off a new era in high-powered laser experimentation this week, with scientists moving the final pieces into place for the Zetawatt-Equivalent Ultrashort pulse laser System (ZEUS) at the University of Michigan. The instrument is described as the most powerful laser system in the US, and will help researchers explore a wide range of phenomena, including quantum physics, space and next-generation cancer treatment.
 

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"Lost" moon could explain several Saturn mysteries, say astronomers


Saturn is home to several solar system mysteries. Using data from Cassini, astronomers now suggest a simple answer to a few questions – a lost moon once orbited the planet before being torn to shreds.

Saturn’s most striking feature is its rings, made mostly of small chunks of ice. It was long thought that these rings were leftover material from the formation of Saturn itself some 4.5 billion years ago, but recent studies suggest they’re much younger – between 10 and 100 million years old. If that’s the case, they could have formed from an icy comet or moon that wandered too close.
 

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James Webb, Hubble space telescopes will try to watch DART asteroid impact


When NASA's DART mission slams itself into an asteroid called Dimorphos next week, three different science spacecraft will be trying to watch the action.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission is designed to test a planetary defense technique that could be put to use if humans discover a large asteroid on a collision course with Earth. The spacecraft carried with it a tiny cubesat to document its dramatic end, but three other eyes in the sky will also attempt to watch the impact: the James Webb and Hubble space telescopes and another NASA asteroid mission, Lucy.
 

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We've lived through some amazing times... 🆙 I just recently saw the Apollo Moon trip on PBS TV and it was fantastic. Talk about winging it at times... :cool:
My gramma was born in 1901, died in 1996. Rode in a covered wagon moving to Minnesota, thence Cali. The stuff she saw in her lifespan is incredible. I doubt there will be a century like that again.

Took her first plane ride in 1982....
 

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Hilton and Voyager Space to Design Crew Lodging and Hospitality Suites Aboard Starlab


DENVER and MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Voyager Space (“Voyager”), a global leader in space exploration, today announced Hilton will be the official hotel partner of Starlab, Voyager’s planned free-flying commercial space station. Hilton will bring the company’s renowned hospitality expertise and experience to support the design and development of crew suites aboard Starlab, helping to reimagine the human experience in space, making extended stays more comfortable.
 

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Read that too fast and got 'Skylab', and was like 'wait a minute'....lol
 

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NASA Invites Media to Witness World’s First Planetary Defense Test


NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the world’s first mission to test technology for defending Earth against potential asteroid or comet hazards, will impact its target asteroid—which poses no threat to Earth—at 7:14 p.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 26.

Among other activities, NASA will host a televised briefing beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept. 26 from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. APL is the builder and manager of the DART spacecraft for NASA.
 

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The gas giants always remind me of Magic Window, that 70s toy. Just fascinating with the shifting scapes.
 

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